Climate change is threatening water resources, increasing challenges to food and fiber production, and compromising human health in the Southwest through drought, wildfire, intense precipitation, sea level rise, and marine heatwaves. These changes are affecting ecosystems, infrastructure, agriculture, fisheries, and other economic sectors. Effective adaptation will require flexible decision-making and the incorporation of technological innovation with Indigenous and local knowledges.

    Key Points:

  • Drought and increasing aridity threaten water resources.
  • Adaptation efforts increase to address accelerating impacts to the region’s coast and ocean.
  • Increasing challenges confront food and fiber production in the Southwest.
  • Climate change compromises human health and reshapes demographics.
  • Changes in wildfire patterns pose challenges for Southwest residents and ecosystems.

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