Climate Change

Razorback sucker
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Tuesday it plans to propose reclassifying a rare Colorado River Basin fish called the razorback sucker from endangered to threatened status after a multiyear and multistate effort throughout the Southwestern U.S. to replenish its populations.
Jul. 7, 2021
downtown phoenix trees
Phoenix is looking for input on its climate action plan. An online survey that can take as little as five minutes to complete asks residents and business owners to rank priorities and activities to limit climate change.
Jul. 6, 2021
KJZZ logo generic card
While Arizona’s farmers have been preparing for extreme drought conditions, water shortages in some areas have reached drastic lows. Through KJZZ’s Q&AZ Project, a listener asked: Why has San Carlos Lake behind Coolidge Dam gone dry?
Jul. 2, 2021
Nancy Selover
As the debate continues about how to address climate change, one of the most visible faces on those issues is moving on. Nancy Selover has been Arizona’s state climatologist since 2007; she’s also been a research professor at ASU. This spring, she retired from both posts.
Jul. 2, 2021
Lightning in Phoenix
While some Arizonans are standing by for legalized sports betting, others are anticipating fantasy monsoon.
Jun. 28, 2021
traffic on Interstate 10 in Phoenix
Fewer greenhouse gasses were emitted globally over the last year, as people drove and flew less during pandemic-related lockdowns. But new research suggests scientists may have underestimated just how big of a drop there was.
Jun. 28, 2021
migratory grasshopper
A drought blanketing the U.S. West is drying up waterways, sparking wildfires and leaving famers scrambling for water. Next up: voracious grasshoppers.
Jun. 24, 2021
Welcome to Mesa Arizona sign
Mesa has adopted a climate action plan to lower the city’s climate impact and plan for sustainable growth.
Jun. 22, 2021
Car temperature
An excessive heat warning and an air quality alert continues through Sunday night for much of Arizona. Forecast highs this weekend in the Phoenix metro region will be above 115 degrees, according to Phoenix-based meteorologist Austin Jamison.
Jun. 19, 2021
solar panels
A recent project led by ASU’s Center for Science and the Imagination melds data, essays and fiction in presenting how cities and communities may be changed by a stronger move to renewables — including solar energy. And the project is captured in a book called "Cities of Light: A Collection of Solar Futures."
Jun. 18, 2021
solar panels
Mexico’s president says he’s moving forward with plans to build a state-owned solar energy facility in northern Mexico.
Jun. 17, 2021
ASU MaRTy team measuring shade
Trees can provide relief from the heat during the summer months, but ASU researchers say that other forms of shade can also be effective. The findings can have benefits for city planners looking to offset the heat island effect.
Jun. 15, 2021
sprinklers
As the drought continues, Arizona may have to rely more on groundwater and less on the Colorado River, but groundwater pumping may have consequences.
Jun. 14, 2021
trees for Reto 1001 Arboles
A group of concerned citizens are taking to the streets in the Sonoran capital Hermosillo on Sunday to plant 1,000 trees. It’s part of a growing green movement in the city.
Jun. 11, 2021
Lake Mead
A key reservoir on the Colorado River has dipped to its record low in the latest showing of the drought's grip on the region. The surface elevation of Lake Mead along the Nevada-Arizona border dipped to 1,071.56 feet at 11 p.m. on Wednesday evening.
Jun. 11, 2021
greg asner and robin martin
Coral reefs are under serious threat from climate change as more are bleached as the oceans warm. Located in Hawaii, ASU’s Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science is working to stop climate change from destroying this crucial ocean habitat.
Jun. 10, 2021
Multiple flowers sprouting on a saguaro cactus
Cactus experts are tracking an unprecedented outbreak of “side blooms” on saguaros across southern Arizona this year. The exact cause is unclear, but experts agree the rare display is a sign of distress.
May. 31, 2021
The below-grade Papago Freeway in central Phoenix, built on what used to be Moreland and Culver streets.
The Ten Across project has decided to use the Interstate Ten corridor, stretching from California to Florida, as its framework when it comes to water, energy, commerce, and land use — among other things.
May. 26, 2021
Coronado National Forest
As Memorial Day approaches, five of the state’s six national forests are already under fire restrictions. Coronado National Forest became the sixth forest to impose fire restrictions to offset dry conditions.
May. 25, 2021
Juniper
Juniper trees in parts of Arizona are dying in large numbers, and the ongoing drought seems to be to blame.
May. 18, 2021

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