You are here: Home Environment Climate Change Less Water Will Be Available for the American Southwest Less Water Will Be Available for the American Southwest A new study in Nature Climate Change predicts that less water will be available in the American southwest because of decreased rainfall in some places and increased evaporation. by Heather Carr December 26, 2012, 2:00 am A new study in Nature Climate Change predicts that less water will be available in the American southwest because of decreased rainfall in some places and increased evaporation. The authors projected increased precipitation – in the form of both rain and snow – for northern California and the Colorado River watershed. The Colorado River supplies water for seven U.S. states and parts of Mexico. However, the increased precipitation will not provide more water overall. The higher temperatures and longer summers that are also expected with climate change will dry the soil, putting stress on agricultural users as well as households. Texas will experience a decrease in average rainfall and an increase in temperatures, the paper says. The extended droughts of the last few years may become the norm. Rio Grande photo via Shutterstock See more Previous article 10 Vegan Finger Foods for Your New Year’s Eve Party Next article Europe’s Best Recycling and Waste Prevention Program Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Upload a photo / attachment to this comment (PNG, JPG, GIF - 6 MB Max File Size): (Allowed file types: jpg, gif, png, maximum file size: 6MB.