Climate models predict temperatures are going way up across the Southwest.
The Fronteras: Changing America Desk looks at how we adapt to heat, drought, and a changing America climate, in an all-new series called Heat Wave, beginning August 13 on KJZZ 91.5.
Tune in to hear reports from this series on KJZZ
at 6:30 and 8:30 a.m. during Morning Edition
8/13 RESILIENT CITY: The Phoenix area records more days over 100 degrees than any other major city in the country-- and climate models predict Metro Phoenix will suffer from even longer heat waves by mid-century. Living in a resilient city means more than combating the roots of climate change. Experts say this city of four million must adapt by rethinking the way it builds, especially for the low-income communities that are most vulnerable to the heat. Peter O'Dowd reports.
8/14 NEW MEXICO DROUGHT: Both New Mexico and Texas have been going through one of the most brutal droughts in living memory. The dry heat has had a tremendous impact on ranching in this part of the world. Monica Ortiz Uribe talks to a rancher in Roswell New Mexico who has just about given up.
8/15 HEAT PSYCHOLOGY: During blisteringly hot Arizona summers, sometimes it seems like all anybody talks about is the weather. This story examines the psychological effects of heat, particularly why it makes us jabber on endlessly (it’s a coping mechanism), and whether people in other parts of the world do the same. Interviewees will include psychologists, people who work in the heat, comedians, and friends and family who live out of town, and put up with us talking about the “dry heat.” Nick Blumberg reports.
8/16 BREATHING DUST: In Imperial County east of San Diego, 1 in 5 kids has been diagnosed with asthma and the rate of kids visiting the ER for asthma related problems is three times higher than the state average. Reporter Adrian Florido examines the possible impact of a dryer, hotter climate on this part of the state and how that is likely to affect asthma rates.
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