What happens when the Rio Grande dries up?
The river is often overshadowed, at least in the US, by the Colorado River. But the Rio Grande creates the border between US and Mexico, and the water that flows through it is at the center of a looming geopolitical crisis. So what happens when towns, farms and cities on both sides of the border start to run out of water?
- Naveena Sadasivam: staff writer at the Texas Observer covering the environment, energy and climate and co-author on the series Shallow Waters
- Zoë Schlanger: staff writer at Quartz covering the environment, and co-author on the series Shallow Waters
- Flavio Lehner: Climate scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research
- Alfredo Rodríguez-Pineda: Water program coordinator at the WWF
- Shallow Waters: In a warming world, the fight for water can push nations apart—or bring them together
- Shallow Waters: The US-Mexico border wall’s dangerous, costly side-effect: enormous floods
- Shallow Waters: Trump’s border wall could decimate these rare species
- Shallow Waters: There’s a time bomb for US-Mexico relations ticking underground
- Shallow Waters: One of the fastest-growing regions of the US could run out of water
- Shallow Waters: How Anglo farmers brought an end to Latino ranching in the Rio Grande Valley
- Shallow Waters: North America hasn’t had a megadrought in recorded history. It could be overdue
- Shallow Waters: Dams and reservoirs can’t save us. This is the new future of water infrastructure.
- Shallow Waters: A major US city will start drinking its own sewage. Others need to follow.
- Climate Change on the Rio Grande
- Assessing climate change impacts on water availability of snowmelt-dominated basins of the Upper Rio Grande basin
- Assessing recent declines in Upper Rio Grande runoff efficiency from a paleoclimate perspective
- Lower Rio Grande Basin Study
- Rain-Fed Farms: Harnessing the Power of Precipitation
- The Rio Chonchos: A Preliminary Overview
- Possible Scenarios of Impacts of Climatic Change on Potential Evapotranspiration in the Watershed of the Conchos River, Mexico
- Integrated river basin management in the Conchos River basin, Mexico: A case
- study of freshwater climate change adaptation
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