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A Great Aridness: Climate Change and the Future of the American Southwest

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With its soaring azure sky and stark landscapes, the American Southwest is one of the most hauntingly beautiful regions on earth. Yet staggering population growth, combined with the intensifying effects of climate change, is driving the oasis-based society close to the brink of a Dust-Bowl-scale catastrophe.

In A Great Aridness, William deBuys paints a compelling picture of what the Southwest might look like when the heat turns up and the water runs out. This semi-arid land, vulnerable to water shortages, rising temperatures, wildfires, and a host of other environmental challenges, is poised to bear the heaviest consequences of global environmental change in the United States. Examining interrelated factors such as vanishing wildlife, forest die backs, and the over-allocation of the already stressed Colorado River--upon which nearly 30 million people depend--the author narrates the landscape's history--and future. He tells the inspiring stories of the climatologists and others who are helping untangle the complex, interlocking causes and effects of global warming. And while the fate of this region may seem at first blush to be of merely local interest, what happens in the Southwest, deBuys suggests, will provide a glimpse of what other mid-latitude arid lands worldwide--the Mediterranean Basin, southern Africa, and the Middle East--will experience in the coming years.

Written with an elegance that recalls the prose of John McPhee and Wallace Stegner, A Great Aridness offers an unflinching look at the dramatic effects of climate change occurring right now in our own backyard.

About the Author

William deBuys is the author of seven books, including River of Traps: A New Mexico Mountain Life, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in general non-fiction in 1991; Enchantment and Exploitation: The Life and Hard Times of a New Mexico Mountain Range; The Walk (an excerpt of which won a Pushcart Prize in 2008), and Salt Dreams: Land and Water in Low-Down California. An active conservationist, deBuys has helped protect more than 150,000 acres in New Mexico, Arizona, and North Carolina. He lives and writes on a small farm in northern New Mexico.

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction: The Tracks at Cedar Springs

Chapter 1: Oracle: Global-Change-Type Drought

Chapter 2: High Blue: the Great Downshift of Dryness

Chapter 3: Sand Canyon: Vanishing Acts

Chapter 4: Janos: A Mirror in Time

Chapter 5: Lava Falls: The Blood of Oasis Civilization

Chapter 6: The Canal at River's End: Thirsty Arizona

Chapter 7: Highway 79 Revisited: "Mega" Trends in the Sun Corridor

Chapter 8: Apache Pass: Crossing the Line

Chapter 9: Mogollon Plateau: Fires Present and Future

Chapter 10: Mount Graham: the Biopolitics of Change

Chapter 11: Hawikku: The End at the Beginning

Notes

Index

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Jo Marshall - Twig Stories, June 5, 2012 (view all comments by Jo Marshall - Twig Stories)
William DeBuys offers an unsettling description of the developing climate crisis in the Southwest. It's especially disturbing as those events are indicators of future crises in other regions. His book is a heartfelt study of a distressing man-made and climate-made downward spiral of this beautiful and fragile land and its inhabitants. It's a poignant plea to take adaptive conservation action in the Southwest now. A must read for those who love the Southwest, and a should read for all others.
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ISBN:
9780199778928
Author:
Debuys, William
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
debuys, William
Author:
Null, William
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
Life Sciences | Ecology | Natural History
Subject:
Environmental Studies-Environment
Publication Date:
20111231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
50 halftones
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
6.5 x 9.4 x 1.3 in 1.4 lb

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