The New Normal in New Mexico

If you read the current issue of the Santa Fe Reporter, you’ll find an essay I wrote about climate change in the Southwest.  It’s called The New Normal, and I have to admit that it was a really hard story to write. I became an environmental journalist for a couple of reasons. The most important…

Love

I’m totally in love with the Western Kingbirds hanging around these days.

Rain

We certainly could have used more, but it was nice that yesterday’s hot dusty wind delivered some precipitation, too.  

Update on Black Horse Fire (Good news)

Last night before bed, I saw the Tweet from the Southwest Coordination Center that read: Black Horse (NM-GNF): 14 miles ESE of Reserve, NM (33 38 58N, 108 32 30W) 3 Air tankers, 1 lead, and AA ordered. Local resources responding. Crap, I thought. Not another fire in the Gila National Forest. I had camping/anxiety…

New Mexico’s wolf controversy

I’ve been all-too-obsessively following the reports of the wildfires burning around New Mexico this summer, but am also trying to make sure other environmental issues don’t slip through the cracks. So, if you’re looking for a break from fire news, you can read my recent op-ed about the New Mexico Game Commission’s decision earlier this…

Don’t connect the dots

As friends and colleagues back East complained that it was raining again–and another friend posted a picture on my Facebook page of the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant surrounded by flood waters–I checked the National Weather Service’s website to see how much it had rained in Albuquerque this year. Memory is flawed of course, but…

Climate Hot Map

I’m currently writing and editing a number of climate change stories, so even if a giant bank of wildfire smoke didn’t blow into Albuquerque every day, I would still be obsessing over drought, flooding, tornadoes, food scarcity and safety, and such things. But I just found this map of global warming effects from the Union…

Smoky Southwest

This was the view looking west from the South Valley of Albuquerque last night around 7:45. No, the bosque wasn’t burning. Rather, that’s smoke from the Wallow Fire in Arizona. (And obviously I’m no photographer. I just snap photos while researching and writing so I can better recall details later.) It seems like wherever I’ve…