William deBuys

William deBuys is the author of seven books, including the just published A Great Aridness:Climate Change and the Future of the American Southwest (a Pulitzer Prize finalist), and The Walk (an excerpt of which won a Pushcart Prize). He has long been involved in environmental affairs in the Southwest, including service as founding chairman of the Valles Caldera Trust, which administers the 87,000-acre Valles Caldera National Preserve in New Mexico.

Articles by this author

Views
Monday, September 29, 2014 - 7:15am
The Wilderness Act Turns 50: Celebrating the Great Laws of 1964
Let us now praise famous laws and the year that begat them: 1964. The first thing to know about 1964 was that, although it occurred in the 1960s, it wasn’t part of “the Sixties.” The bellbottoms, flower power, LSD, and craziness came later, beginning about 1967 and extending into the early 1970s...
Read more
Views
Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 9:58am
Phoenix in the Climate Crosshairs
If cities were stocks, you’d want to short Phoenix.
Read more
Views
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - 1:43pm
The West in Flames: The Oxygen Planet Struts Its Stuff
Dire fire conditions, like the inferno of heat, turbulence, and fuel that recently turned 346 homes in Colorado Springs to ash, are now common in the West. A lethal combination of drought, insect plagues, windstorms, and legions of dead, dying, or stressed-out trees constitute what some pundits are calling wildfire’s “perfect storm.”
Read more
Views
Monday, December 5, 2011 - 8:16am
Coming to a Theater Near You: The Greatest Water Crisis in the History of Civilization
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.
Read more