Climate Change

empty swings on a playground
Many Valley schools are preparing to start the year amid record breaking heat, disrupting students and teachers, according to Arizona Education Association President Marisol Garcia.
Jul. 12, 2023
A 48-year-old man hiker rescued by Phoenix Fire
Calls for all heat-related emergencies have increased, with temperatures of 110 degrees or higher in the Valley since July began.
Jul. 12, 2023
sun in phoenix
The extreme heat in metro Phoenix is affecting air quality. The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has scheduled an ozone high pollution watch for Thursday and Friday in Maricopa County.
Jul. 11, 2023
solar panels
The proposed Vulcan Solar Project, located in western Maricopa County, is one of several renewable energy facilities under way in the area and would produce more than 1,000 megawatts of electricity.
Jul. 10, 2023
Xochitl Galvez
Mexico is ramping up for its presidential elections next year, and the country’s political parties are beginning to select primary contenders. One opposition challenger is gaining attention.
Jul. 6, 2023
a closeup of a white toilet
City officials in Tucson are promoting a program that teaches residents how to install water-saving systems in their homes in exchange for rebates from the city.
Jul. 5, 2023
sun in phoenix
The National Weather Service says Arizona’s excessive heat warning will extend through Friday. Temperatures will top 110 degrees.
Jul. 4, 2023
house under construction
Scottsdale says it’s the first Arizona city to mandate the 2021 edition of the International Energy Construction Code and the International Green Construction Code. The standards apply to all new commercial and multifamily developments.
Jul. 4, 2023
sun in phoenix
Extreme temperatures that hit parts of the United States and Mexico this month have led to a soaring number of heat-related deaths. The fatalities come as climate change is causing more frequent and extreme heat waves.
Jun. 30, 2023
Alfonso Durazo
The idea of bringing water to Arizona from a desalination plant in neighboring Sonora has been around for years — as have critiques of such a scheme. But Sonora’s governor says neither state nor federal leaders are on-board with current proposals.
Jun. 29, 2023
Coral reef.
The Show spoke with assistant professor Liza Roger at Arizona State University about her idea to use nanotechnology as a means to save the coral reefs.
Jun. 28, 2023
Katie Hobbs and Kate Gallego
Governor Katie Hobbs and Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego spoke at a press conference June 21 highlighting eco-friendly business growth in Arizona.
Jun. 26, 2023
The Arizona Corporation Commission has approved a permit that will allow Salt River Project to expand a natural gas plant near Coolidge, but not everyone is happy with the commission’s vote.
Jun. 22, 2023
The Arizona Corporation Commission has approved a permit that will allow a project to expand a natural gas plant near Coolidge to proceed.
Jun. 21, 2023
Phoenix will work on new water rules for future development in the city after council members unanimously approved a plan Tuesday.
Jun. 13, 2023
vaquita survey
Last month, experts did a survey in Mexico’s Upper Gulf of California to gather data to estimate the remaining number of endangered vaquita porpoises there. Vaquita marina are small, cute porpoises with black markings around their eyes and mouths. They are considered the world's most endangered marine mammal.
Jun. 9, 2023
Matt Bell
Matt Bell says the idea of artificial life can be traced far back in human history — and there’s long been a melding of reality and science fiction.
Jun. 9, 2023
Donnell Wildfire in California, 2018
Several major homeowner’s insurance companies have effectively pulled out of California citing “rapidly growing catastrophe exposure” as their reasoning. What does this mean for Arizona — especially as wildfire season begins?
Jun. 7, 2023
Dry cracked earth
In a major announcement June 1, Arizona officials halted new housing on the edges of the Phoenix metro area. The issue? Not enough groundwater. The shortage is made more complicated by the shrinking Colorado River.
Jun. 5, 2023
By the year 2100, the U.S. will experience more frequent and intense heat waves. ASU engineers are trying to grasp how heat stresses the body — and they’re using a breathing, sweating, walking and shivering mannequin to do it.
More news from the Arizona Science Desk
Jun. 1, 2023


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