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The Victims of Climate Change Are Already Here

With a new global summit approaching, communities in the southern United States are calling attention to the disaster scenarios they currently face.

The Atlantic

August 22, 2018

California farm baron offered to drop water lawsuit — if his family got a special exemption

A lawsuit in California’s Imperial Valley could determine who controls the single largest share of Colorado River water in the West — a few hundred landowning farmers, or the elected five-member board of the Imperial Irrigation District.

Desert Sun

August 15, 2018

Big Oil is racing to pump all the oil out of Texas

The gold rush is on in Texas, and Big Oil is scrambling for a piece of the action. The oil industry is shelling out billions of dollars in a series of acquisitions in the Permian Basin, the hottest oilfield in the world.

CNN Money

August 15, 2018

Arizona may have to cut back on water use in 2020, outlook says

Arizona will avoid a water shortage next year, but water users may be forced to cut back in 2020, according to a new federal report released Wednesday.

Arizona Republic

August 15, 2018

'This is what the future looks like': Heat wave stokes fears of power outages and fires

When a blistering heat wave struck the Southland earlier this month, the region’s electric grid was so overwhelmed that more than 100,000 customers in Los Angeles had at some point lost power. Some went days without electricity.

Los Angeles Times

July 25, 2018

Making hot cities more livable

Duke Reiter summarizes the challenge ahead: “The evidence about where things are moving is so obvious. How do we rally the capacity to act? That’s really the big question around sustainability, resiliency and climate change.”

ASU Now

July 24, 2018

Welcome to 'Peak Water'

Water managers all over the country are bracing for expected water shortages.

Planetizen

July 22, 2018

The Water Wars of Arizona

Attracted by lax regulations, industrial agriculture has descended on a remote valley, depleting its aquifer — leaving many residents with no water at all.

The New York Times Magazine

July 19, 2018

We must take action on the nation’s coming water supply crisis

Most Americans take water for granted. It’s a resource that people assume will always be accessible, available, and consumable. For most people in this country, whether they’re at a public drinking fountain, a restaurant or at home, water is a commodity considered to be at our constant beck and call – but for how much longer?

The Hill

July 17, 2018

As the Arizona drought persists, Phoenix's water use continues to drop

Salt River Project announced in June that water use among its users has decreased by one-third since 1980, even though the state’s population has doubled since then.

Arizona Republic

July 12, 2018

Climate change is heating up Los Angeles. We need a grid that can keep the power on when it's sweltering.

The record-breaking heat that baked Southern California and prompted mass power outages last weekend was just a taste of what is to come.

LA Times

July 12, 2018

Economic & Environmental Challenges Across the Interstate 10 Region

Ten Across is designed to accomplish two things: first, to represent the world as it is in all of its complexity and nuance and, second, to imagine alternatives to the present trajectory.

Meeting of the Minds

July 10, 2018

LA Port Will Likely Feel Effects From U.S.-China Trade War

The port of Los Angeles braces for the fallout of the escalating trade war between China and the U.S. More than half of the goods that pass through this port are going to or coming from China.

NPR

July 9, 2018

New Orleans: Ready Or Not? The New Normal

This week, WWNO explores how prepared the city is for the threats that climate change will bring with a special Coastal Desk series, New Orleans: Ready Or Not?

New Orleans Public Radio

July 9, 2018

Falling Lake Mead Water Levels Prompt Detente in Arizona Feud

Tensions rise over water in the Southwest as extreme drought conditions return.

Wall Street Journal

July 7, 2018

Pioneering Western Water Management Strategies

The 19th-century geologist John Wesley Powell charted paths through the American West—and proposed ideas about developing the land with climate and ecology in mind. This 19th-century surveyor’s view of climate was ahead of his time.

Science Friday

July 6, 2018

In Louisiana, Trump’s Trade War Spooks America’s Biggest Port

The Mississippi River flows through the most vulnerable state. Louisiana’s reliance on trade makes it a unique microcosm of how the tariff battle will affect America.

Bloomberg

June 27, 2018

The best and worst US states for children

New Hampshire ranks highest and New Mexico lowest for overall child well-being in the United States. Five of the top-10 states for overall child well-being were in the Northeast. States in the Appalachian region and across the southern tier mostly populated the bottom of the rankings.

CNN

June 27, 2018

As State ‘Water Wars’ Get Salty, Oysters Get a Say

Florida and Georgia have been arguing about the water that flows into the Apalachicola Bay for three decades. The Supreme Court last week seemed to suggest that in water disputes between states, the health of an aquatic ecosystem can be considered alongside drinking-water and farming concerns.

Route Fifty

July 3, 2018

Rising Risks: Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge emerges from devastating floods to lead the battle against rising water. CNBC’s Diana Olick reports.

CNBC

June 29, 2018

There Is No Immigration Crisis in El Paso

For many in El Paso, the international ebb and flow of people is part of daily life and our location is a source of pride.

New York Times

June 28, 2018

Millions of US homes at risk of chronic flooding this century, new study says

As many as 311,000 homes in US coastal areas could be underwater within the next 30 years, according to a recent report by the Union of Concerned Scientists.

CNN

June 18, 2018

The Prophet of the Dust Bowl

John Wesley Powell identified the dividing line between the arid West and the verdant East, but his insight was ignored. Thanks to climate change, that boundary is now on the move.

The Wall Street Journal

June 14, 2018

LA Is Doing Water Better Than Your City. Yes, That LA

With climate change on the horizon, Los Angeles is rushing to pull water from surprising sources. The goal: aqueous independence.

Wired

June 12, 2018

Catalytic development spurs significant shifts in urban areas

ASU’s Duke Reiter to participate in national conference on catalytic development and walkable communities

ASU Now

June 11, 2018

Desert city Phoenix mulls ways to quench thirst of sprawling suburbs

Phoenix’s population is set to rise to 2.2 million by 2030, a challenging prospect considering the region’s dwindling water supplies.

Place

June 7, 2018

Letters: Water summit a great success

I write to express my gratitude to the Baton Rouge community for the success of the first annual Ten Across Water Summit, which was held on May 16 and 17 and attended by visitors from across the country and the globe.

The Advocate

June 4, 2018

In a Warming West, the Rio Grande Is Drying Up

Even in a good year, much of the Rio Grande is diverted for irrigation. But it’s only May, and the river is already turning to sand.

New York Times

May 24, 2018

Connecting cities to drive change: ASU co-hosts first Ten Across Water Summit

Experts gathered May 16–17 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to discuss sustainability issues affecting cities in the I-10 corridor.

ASU Now: Access, Excellence, Impact

May 18, 2018

Ten Across Water Summit dives into water issues facing cities across the US

Sometimes in south Louisiana, we think we’re alone in dealing with rising sea levels, an eroding coastline and increasingly frequent catastrophic weather events. But communities across the Interstate 10 corridor—from California to Florida—are facing similar challenges as they cope with flooding, droughts and issues related to resilience and sustainability.

Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

May 17, 2018

Water management issues increasingly burden communities, local governments

As south Louisiana communities are increasingly faced with water management issues caused by rising sea levels and natural disasters, the need for municipalities and regions to work together is rising, said Henry Cisneros, former San Antonio mayor and U.S. Housing and Urban Development secretary, at the Ten Across Water Summit taking place at The Water Campus today.

Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

May 16, 2018

The water war that will decide the fate of 1 in 8 Americans

Renewed conflict over Colorado River resources offers a glimpse into the challenges of water politics in an era of permanent scarcity.

Grist

May 2, 2018

Ten Across Water Summit planned in Baton Rouge

The first annual Ten Across Water Summit is being held in Baton Rouge May 16-17 to explore diverse water issues along the 2,400-mile Interstate 10 corridor from Los Angeles to Jacksonville, Florida.

The Advocate

May 1, 2018

Louisiana 'islanders' find a new home beyond the water

The fear is that the “island”, as it is known, could wash away in the next big storm

Place

April 21, 2018

Tracking the river: Mississippi model may help save coast

Scientists working on new ways to battle the erosion that threatens Louisiana’s coastline have a dramatic new tool: a massive replica of the lower Mississippi River, housed at Louisiana State University’s Center for River Studies on the Water Campus in Baton Rouge.

Daily Herald

April 17, 2018

Southern California’s growing demographic dilemma

For much of the past century, Southern California has been driven by ever increasing population growth. That area has now ended as the region’s demographics stagnate, a trend that, according to the latest Census numbers, is, if anything, accelerating. This follows a distinct national trend, notes demographer Wendell Cox, where the largest metropolitan areas are losing domestic migrants and growing far slower than smaller, often less expensive regions.

Orange County Register

March 31, 2018

Left to Louisiana's Tides, a Village Fights for Time

For the community of Jean Lafitte, the question is less whether it will succumb to the sea than when–and how much the public should invest in artificially extending its life.

New York Times

February 24, 2018

Looking for lessons along the Colorado River

Looking at current issues on the Colorado River—especially as states and water users grapple with allocations and more pressure is put upon the river and its reservoirs—offers lessons for New Mexico.

The NM Political Report

February 19, 2018

A road map to tackle America’s infrastructure maintenance crisis from Mobile, Alabama

By reframing its chronic infrastructure maintenance problem as an acute challenge of “infrastructure blight,” Mobile has managed to bring urgency and coherence to a seemingly abstract engineering challenge.

Brookings

November 9, 2017

The American South Will Bear the Worst of Climate Change’s Costs

Global warming will intensify regional inequality in the United States, according to a revolutionary new economic assessment of the phenomenon.

The Atlantic

June 29, 2017

As Climate Changes, Southern States Will Suffer More Than Others

As the United States confronts global warming in the decades ahead, not all states will suffer equally. Maine may benefit from milder winters. Florida, by contrast, could face major losses, as deadly heat waves flare up in the summer and rising sea levels eat away at valuable coastal properties.

New York Times

June 29, 2017