NIDIS Launches Video About Living with Drought and Increasing Aridification in the Southwest 5 October 2021

NIDIS Launches Video About Living with Drought and Increasing Aridification in the Southwest

The video includes interviews with those whose livelihoods are impacted by the drought and discusses how rising temperatures are bringing aridification and a “new normal” to the region.

New NOAA Report: Exceptional Southwest Drought Exacerbated by Human-Caused Warming 29 September 2021

New NOAA Report: Exceptional Southwest Drought Exacerbated by Human-Caused Warming

According to the report, the drought caused roughly $11.4–$23 billion in economic losses in 2020—including impacts from associated wildfires. Economic losses for 2021 will also be substantial, and the drought is expected to continue at least into next year.

Study: Dry Future Likely Unavoidable for Southwest, But Reducing Greenhouse Gases Can Still Help 8 September 2021

Study: Dry Future Likely Unavoidable for Southwest, But Reducing Greenhouse Gases Can Still Help

For the past two decades, the southwestern United States has been desiccated by one of the most severe long-term droughts—or ‘megadroughts’—of the last 1,200 years. And now, scientists say the risk of similar extreme megadroughts and severe single-year droughts will increase in the future as Earth’s temperature continues to rise, according to a new study in Earth’s Future.

NIDIS Welcomes Crystal Stiles as Tribal Engagement Coordinator 31 August 2021

NIDIS Welcomes Crystal Stiles as Tribal Engagement Coordinator

Crystal will be working to implement NIDIS' Tribal Drought Engagement Strategy across the network of eight regional drought early warning systems.

NIDIS Launches New Interactive Maps on Drought.gov 17 August 2021

NIDIS Launches New Interactive Maps on Drought.gov

The new maps will help decision makers and the public respond to the current drought, prepare for future drought conditions, and improve the nation’s long-term drought resilience.

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