Will the Southwest Survive the 21st Century?

Faced with record high temperatures, raging wildfires, and a persistent threat of catastrophic drought, can the urban centers of American Southwest survive, or will they collapse as several of the region’s early civilizations did? That was the geographically rich topic of discussion on a recent edition of On Point from WBUR radio in Boston.

Joining host Tom Ashbrook were William deBuys, an environmentalist and author of the book A Great Aridness: Climate Change and the Future of the American Southwest; Andrew Ross, a professor at New York University and author of Bird on Fire: Lessons from the World’s Least Sustainable City; and Grady Gammage, Jr., a lawyer who represents real estate and business interests. Gammage also studies urban development as a senior fellow at Arizona State University.

The broadcast was a thoughtful, and thought-provoking, discussion of climate change, water scarcity, land-use, population trends, and the economics of development in the American Southwest.

Listen to Can The Southwest Survive Climate Change?

–Tim Hill


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