William deBuys

Writer and conservationist William deBuys is the author of A Great Aridness: Climate Change and the Future of the American Southwest, as well as six other books, which range from memoir and biography to environmental history and studies of place. He lives on the farm he has tended since 1976 in the remote village of El Valle in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains between Santa Fe and Taos.

Climate & Energy

The least sustainable city: Phoenix as a harbinger for our hot future

For a taste of the brutal new climate to come, look to where the climate is already harsh, and growing more so -- the aptly named Valley of the Sun.

Climate Change

The West in flames: Get used to it

Look at the fires that have raged this year in Colorado and New Mexico, and you're seeing not a "perfect storm" of temporary conditions, but evidence of the new normal in the American West.

Climate Change

The age of thirst in the American West

This essay was originally published on TomDispatch and is republished here with Tom’s kind permission. Consider it a taste of the future: the fire, smoke, drought, dust, and heat that have made life unpleasant, if not dangerous, from Louisiana to Los Angeles. New records tell the tale: biggest wildfire ever recorded in Arizona (538,049 acres); biggest fire ever in New Mexico (156,600 acres); all-time worst fire year in Texas history (3,697,000 acres). The fires were a function of drought. As of summer’s end, 2011 was the driest year in 117 years of record-keeping for New Mexico, Texas, and Louisiana, and …

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