V.23 No.19 |
The Daily Word in radioactive cat litter and fracking New Mexico
In the news: kitty litter, a case with national implications, Fire Season, stealing a cell phone at a Los Angeles batting cage, the oldest sperm on record, but aren't sure why it's so big, continue to make my margaritas more expensive, and a man installing a No Parking sign received a parking ticket
V.21 No.29 | 7/19/2012
Is “Megadrought” the new normal?
We've all heard the gloomy scenarios of global warming: extreme weather, drought, famine, breakdown of society, destruction of civilization. Here in New Mexico it feels like we’ve made the switch from esoteric to actual, from computer model to daily life. My perch in Placitas feels like a front-row seat to the apocalypse. Smoke is in the air. Neighbors are fighting over water. Some of my outdoor flower pots have melted in the heat. Wild animals are getting thirsty, hungry and bold. It turns out, this might just be the new normal for the American Southwest.
Southwest farms bite the dust as “megadrought” becomes the new normal
In a dirt parking lot near Many Farms, Ariz., a Navajo farmer sold me a mutton burrito. He hasn't used his tractor in two years, he told me, and he’s cooking instead of farming because "there isn't any water." He pointed east at the Chuska mountain range, which straddles the New Mexico border. In a normal year, water coming off the mountains reaches his fields, he said.
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