Southwest

The monsoon can’t save us
The monsoon can’t save us
An unusually rainy Southwest summer is welcome — but much more is needed to end the water crisis.
Scientists unravel the origins of the Southwest’s monsoon
Scientists unravel the origins of the Southwest’s monsoon
But just as their understanding of the phenomena becomes mores clear, it’s starting to disappear.
As we celebrate Juneteenth, a look at the true history of emancipation
As we celebrate Juneteenth, a look at the true history of emancipation
A historian describes how Black people were kept unfree even after slavery ended.
A heat wave is about to hit the Southwest
A heat wave is about to hit the Southwest
Consider sharing your experience with us.
Unprecedented fire, wind and snowmelt in the Southwest
Unprecedented fire, wind and snowmelt in the Southwest
This may not be the driest winter, the worst fire season or even the warmest spring on record, but taken together the conditions truly are superlative.
The Southwest’s cities are booming. Here’s how to make that growth climate-friendly.
The Southwest’s cities are booming. Here’s how to make that growth climate-friendly.
One of the authors of the recent U.N. climate report says getting urban development right is crucial to addressing the climate crisis.
Visualizing the aquifers that straddle the U.S.-Mexico border
Visualizing the aquifers that straddle the U.S.-Mexico border
For the first time, scientists have mapped out the groundwater the two countries share.
Pueblos in New Mexico turn to goats for fire management
Pueblos in New Mexico turn to goats for fire management
As climate change exposes wildfire risks, tribes by the Rio Grande experiment with a four-legged technique to nibble away fuels.
How Texas’ restrictive abortion law puts pressure on clinics in Western states
How Texas’ restrictive abortion law puts pressure on clinics in Western states
Patients are turning to places like New Mexico and Colorado for care.
A monsoon summer in the Southwest
A monsoon summer in the Southwest
How residents across the region are engaging with the yearly weather phenomenon.
Searching for the lost: The people called to find missing migrants
Searching for the lost: The people called to find missing migrants
Many Aguilas del Desierto volunteers once crossed the dangerous desert in the Borderlands themselves.
6 things you should know about the 2021 Native American Voting Rights Act
6 things you should know about the 2021 Native American Voting Rights Act
Indigenous communities face disproportionate barriers to voting, but the act would help protect this important right.
The incredible shrinking Colorado River
The incredible shrinking Colorado River
Climate change and rising demand are sucking the life out of the Southwest’s water supply.
The orchardist rescuing fruit trees in New Mexico
The orchardist rescuing fruit trees in New Mexico
Once-diverse apple varieties are declining. Gordon Tooley wants to save them before they are gone.
The once-perennial Gila River ebbs to an uncertain future
The once-perennial Gila River ebbs to an uncertain future
‘We are in uncharted territory.’
The return of the endangered Mexican wolf
The return of the endangered Mexican wolf
A program that places captive-born pups into wild dens is helping North America’s rarest wolf subspecies reclaim its native territory in the Southwest.
Rapid growth in Arizona’s suburbs bets against an uncertain water supply
Rapid growth in Arizona’s suburbs bets against an uncertain water supply
‘The alternative is something they don’t want to think about.’
There are no clear winners in the West’s water wars
There are no clear winners in the West’s water wars
As climate stressors raise the stakes, states put energy into litigation before conservation.
Albuquerque’s racist history haunts its housing market
Albuquerque’s racist history haunts its housing market
Policymakers and activists fight to remove pro-segregation, anti-immigrant provisions from property deeds.
Will the climate crisis tap out the Colorado River?
Will the climate crisis tap out the Colorado River?
Water availability is going from bad to worse in the seven states that rely on the drought-stricken river.
The alternatives to Instagram-ready desert art
The alternatives to Instagram-ready desert art
Popular installations often frame the desert as austere and inhospitable. But there are artists who look at the land differently.
Biden halted border wall construction. Now what?
Biden halted border wall construction. Now what?
Environmental and human rights advocates hope to steer the administration toward a new vision at the border.
Border wall scars: ‘It feels like if someone got a knife and dragged it across my heart.’
Border wall scars: ‘It feels like if someone got a knife and dragged it across my heart.’
Tribal leaders and Borderlands communities reflect on their fruitless struggle to stop the wall.
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