Southwest (AZ NM OK TX)

TX Group Says Textbook Publishers Pressured to Change Climate Lessons

"Publishers producing high school biology textbooks that could be used in classrooms across Texas are being pressured to water down lessons on evolution and climate change, a progressive watchdog group said Monday."

Source: NBCDFW 5, 09/11/2013

"Low Water Deliveries From Mexico Hurt Texas Farmers"

"The Rio Grande is the lifeblood of South Texas. Cities and farmers on both sides of its international border depend on its water. A 70-year-old treaty between the United States and Mexico is supposed to keep the river’s water flowing. But in the last three years, Mexico has fallen behind on its end of the deal. That has heightened tensions between the two countries and jeopardized the future of agriculture in the Rio Grande Valley."

Source: Fronteras, 09/04/2013

"Descendants of Slaves Hold Out Against Coal Mining"

"DIRGIN, Texas -- Ida Finley smiles wistfully, recalling how she used to cook for an entire East Texas community -- nearly all descendants of slaves. The children would grab cornbread, greens and cookies from her kitchen while their parents grew vegetables in a tiny creekside village hidden among pine forests."

Source: AP, 09/02/2013

"Mexican Gray Wolves Gain Protection in Arizona, New Mexico"

"SILVER CITY, N.M. -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will propose increased recovery territory for Mexican gray wolves in Arizona and New Mexico and will drop plans to capture wolves entering these two states from Mexico, under two agreements reached [Monday] between the agency and the nonprofit Center for Biological Diversity."

Source: ENS, 08/27/2013

Drought Brings Tough Times for Texas Rice Farms and Visiting Ducks

"Ronald Gertson usually plants about 3,000 acres of rice each year on his family farm in Wharton County, Texas. But because of emergency water regulations set in 2012 due to central Texas' painfully persistent drought, Gertson could plant about 40 percent of that land."

Source: ClimateWire, 08/23/2013

"The Southwest's Forests May Never Recover From Megafires"

"If you doubt that climate change is transforming the American landscape, go to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Sweltering temperatures there have broken records this summer, and a seemingly permanent orange haze of smoke hangs in the air from multiple wildfires."

Source: Mother Jones, 07/10/2013

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