Climate change is here. What are its impacts on New Mexico’s waters, landscapes, wildlife, and communities? What do we need to do to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, while also adapting to a warmer, drier future? This class provides an overview of the impacts of climate change on New Mexico, with a focus on water challenges, including on the Rio Grande; forest fires; communities; and public health. We also discuss why New Mexicans shouldn’t lose hope in the face of these challenges.

Laura Paskus is a longtime environment reporter based in Albuquerque. Currently, she is the environment reporter for New Mexico PBS, and produces the monthly series, “Our Land: New Mexico’s Environmental Past, Present and Future.” Her book At the Precipice: New Mexico’s Changing Climate, was published in September 2020 by the University of New Mexico Press.