Climate Change

An aerial photo of Phoenix
While we’ve heard a lot about the effects of the heat this summer — the unhoused people who are most at risk, the cost of cooling our homes, the urban heat island effect that’s making it harder for the city to cool down at night — it's also important to talk about why this is happening. In a phrase: climate change.
Aug. 15, 2023
The sun shines behind a saguaro cactus
Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs has declared a state of emergency due to ongoing high temperatures around the state. A press release from the Governor’s Office on Friday afternoon cited 30 consecutive days of excessive heat warnings in Coconino, Maricopa and Pinal counties.
Aug. 11, 2023
A cattle herd at the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument
Cattle ranchers raised opposition to the Biden administration's designation of the Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni Grand Canyon National Monument.
Aug. 8, 2023
Joe Biden
President Joe Biden will tour the Southwest this week to tout the Inflation Reduction Act, which funneled billions into projects that will help combat climate change. The law could lead to permanent policy changes in the oil and gas industry.
Aug. 7, 2023
SRP power lines
Phoenix’s hottest month in history led to multiple record-breaking days for electricity usage. Phoenix utility providers APS and SRP both saw records fall three times throughout July.
Here's how hot it was in Phoenix every day in July
Aug. 1, 2023
summer cactus
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has adopted new rules to help it manage threatened and endangered species.
Aug. 1, 2023
Water bottles sit in a large chest full of ice.
Mesa’s water bottle drive is falling short on donations, just as Phoenix ends a 31-day streak of temperatures at or above 110 degrees.
Aug. 1, 2023
Kate Gallego Joe Biden heat relief plan
The Show spoke with Mayor Kate Gallego about her recent virtual appearance alongside President Joe Biden regarding extreme heat.
Aug. 1, 2023
A Phoenix skyline
For the month of July, the average overnight low temperature was nearly 91 degrees — the warmest overnight monthly average on record for Phoenix. Those hot nights are part of a climate change trend with concerning public health consequences.
Jul. 28, 2023
Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego is seen here behind a podium, speaking at an event about clean energy in Arizona. She is wearing a purple dress and not looking at the camera.
Phoenix has seen a series of records tied and broken from the extreme heat this month, with high lows and the longest streak of temperatures above 110. Mayor Kate Gallego joined President Joe Biden in Washington, D.C., as he announced multiple heat preparedness plans.
Jul. 27, 2023
solar panels
The solar industry added thousands of jobs nationwide last year, according to the latest study by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, and that trend is likely to continue.
Jul. 26, 2023
Arizona’s congressional delegation has introduced legislation to help clear the way for Salt River Project to build a new hydro power facility, which will help the utility generate renewable energy when solar power is not readily available.
Jul. 26, 2023
farm land
A farmworker in his 20s died last week in Yuma from heat-related causes. The death comes as both national and local lawmakers are calling for stricter regulations to protect workers from extreme heat.
Jul. 26, 2023
Extreme heat orange sun sunset
If the average holds through the end of July, it will mark the first time Phoenix, or any major U.S. city, has seen a monthly average temperature above 100 degrees, according to records.
Jul. 25, 2023
Painting of "Justa Center Expect Miracles"
Phoenix is under an excessive heat warning, this time through Wednesday when temperatures are expected to hit 118. For older Arizonans experiencing homelessness, finding a place to cool off can be a matter of life or death. So where are they going?
Jul. 24, 2023
overnight heat shelter
We’ve heard a lot about the Valley’s roughly 200 cooling centers. In addition, some churches and nonprofits offer “heat-relief respite centers” where unhoused people can sleep during hours of operation.
Jul. 24, 2023
Phoenix Inn
As the extreme summer heat continues in Phoenix, the area’s homeless seniors are seeking respite from the potentially deadly weather. For the last couple of years, there’s been an increase in the number of homeless older Arizonans.
Jul. 22, 2023
summer cactus
The prolonged heat is taking an obvious toll on humans and animals. But what about plants? At the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, they’re watching the flora in the sauna closely.
Jul. 21, 2023
Cactus ferruginous pygmy owl
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services has moved to get long-awaited federal protections for a tiny owl that lives on both sides of the US-Mexico border.
Jul. 20, 2023
Valeria Cañedo
Throughout Mexico, agave plants are used to make distillates like tequila, mezcal and Sonora’s bacanora. But there are other products that can be made with the plants, too, and one group is using fiber from agave leaves to reduce waste and bring new income to rural communities.
Jul. 19, 2023

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