New Mexico addresses climate change

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By The Staff

It is an established fact that as a result of the green house gases (GHG) we are putting into the atmosphere we are warming the planet, and that unless we take steps now to reduce these emissions, the global consequences will be severe.

To avoid the worst consequences of global warming we need to reduce our emissions nationally by about 80 percent by 2050.  

The effects of global warming are of particular concern to New Mexicans. Lack of water has always been a problem, and if global warming is not checked we can expect less precipitation and longer periods of drought in the years to come.

Even if precipitation levels went unchanged by global warming, the snowpack here and in Colorado that seasonally stores and renews our surface water, and is the source of our winter recreation, is certain to diminish.

Fortunately, New Mexico has already taken a number of important steps to curb global warming and its state-wide impacts. In 2005 Governor Richardson signed Executive Order 05-033, which required development of a New Mexico GHG emissions inventory by which progress in GHG reduction could be charted, established the New Mexico Climate Change Advisory Group (CCAG), and mandated studies on the potential effects of climate change on New Mexico.

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