Climate Change

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
shade and trees
For the second time in a year, Phoenix is earmarking millions in federal funds to add trees and shade canopies to neighborhoods disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.
Jun. 1, 2023
Lake Mead
The Phoenix City Council unanimously approved a plan Wednesday to give up a share of its Colorado River allocation in exchange for money.
May. 31, 2023
Organ pipe cactus are tall columnar cactus with many long, spiny arms that grow up from a short trunk. They are found in Arizona, Sinaloa and Baja California — but they grow at their highest density only in Sonora, in a narrow band along the Gulf of California in the southernmost part of the state.
May. 23, 2023
White House
The Biden administration has fast-tracked a mine in southern Arizona under a rule that could allow the project to proceed with expedited environmental review.
May. 22, 2023
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Efforts to create a large, urban park in Hermosillo are moving forward, with state leaders securing the purchase of an additional 420 acres of land for the project.
May. 12, 2023
a cactus against a sunset
One might think that plants that thrive in the Sonoran Desert and nearby ecosystems would be well suited for climate change, but researchers found they have had difficulty adapting to a warmer planet.
May. 10, 2023
Coconino County has aggressively been thinning its forests to try to reduce the amount of overgrowth that leads to violent fires like those last year that burned more than 30 homes and 80 square miles. But current thinning practices don’t create desirable logs with any real use. So it’s trying out different technologies to eliminate a growing problem ahead of any new fires.
May. 9, 2023
bridgestone tire
The University of Arizona is launching a five-year project to develop a new variety of natural rubber. The goal is to expand natural rubber production in the Southwest and offer a solution for growers amid the ongoing water crisis.
May. 8, 2023


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