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New report summarizes climate considerations on Navajo Nation lands


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A new report led by the University of Colorado Boulder, "Considerations for Climate Change and Variability Adaptation on the Navajo Nation," synthesizes state-of-the-science information on the region's climate, water cycle and ecology. And it goes much further, discussing social, legal, economic, infrastructural and other factors that affect people's vulnerabilities to climate impacts as well as their adaptive capacity, and outlining one approach for how the region's residents might plan for ongoing environmental change.

 

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One example used in the report features the golden eagle, which is protected on Navajo Reservation lands. The bird's numbers are declining on the Colorado Plateau, likely due in part to climate shifts and non-climatic factors. The report outlines a process that resource managers and the broader community could use to come up with effective ways to address the eagles' decline.

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