"The story in the Southwest is the story of water." National Climate Assessment Southwest chapter convening lead authors Gregg Garfin and Guido Franco discuss how climate change is affecting the Southwest, already one of the driest regions in the United States. Increased heat, drought, and insect outbreaks, all linked to climate change, have increased wildfires. Declining water supplies, reduced agricultural yields, health impacts in cities due to heat, and flooding and erosion in coastal areas are additional concerns.

To explore the 2014 National Climate Assessment, go to NCA2014.globalchange.gov

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