Climate Change

Extreme heat orange sun sunset
2021 saw the highest number of heat-related deaths in Maricopa County since data-tracking began in 2006. The majority of the heat-related deaths occurred outside, with 130 being people who were experiencing homelessness.
Oct. 5, 2022
La Sauceda theme park
This week, the Sonoran government started work to restore an abandoned theme park and nearby wetland.
Oct. 4, 2022
SRP building
Salt River Project’s board recently voted to install two gas turbines at its Copper Crossing solar facility in San Tan Valley, but some board members would like to see the utility try harder to develop renewable energy.
Sep. 27, 2022
Smoke curls in the air above the Pipeline Fire burning near Flagstaff
Wildfire season in Arizona turned out to be mild compared to past years. Last year, 1,600 fires burned about 530,000 acres of forest in the state.
Sep. 23, 2022
Bureau of Land Management sign
Conservationists say that the Bureau of Land Management could have a major role to play in the Biden administration’s America the Beautiful Initiative, which would set aside about a third of American public lands for conservation. Arizona conservationists want their state to be part of that effort.
Sep. 21, 2022
President Joe Biden
The groups claim that recent legislation is not enough to reach the Biden administration's goal of reducing pollution by 50% by 2030.
Sep. 20, 2022
joan meiners
As the Arizona Republic's climate news and storytelling reporter, Joan Meiners gets a lot of hate mail. But through scientifically analyzing it, she found the harsh words might actually offer some hope.
Sep. 20, 2022
Flagstaff Arizona sign I-17 North
The city of Flagstaff is receiving $32.5 million from the federal government as part of the Downtown Mile project to invest into pedestrian safety and infrastructure.
Sep. 16, 2022
sprinklers
Fall is overseeding season in Arizona — when residents transform their lawns to a greener, winter turf. But with the Southwest battling a historic drought and water cuts, the city of Mesa is encouraging residents to limit or forgo their overseeding efforts this year.
Sep. 16, 2022
SRP building
Salt River Project’s governing board approved a rate increase and a couple of additional gas turbines Monday, but conservationists are questioning those moves.
Sep. 14, 2022
downtown tucson
Community leaders in Tucson hosted an online meeting this week on emergency preparedness as climate change forces cities to address and plan for natural disasters.
Sep. 14, 2022
SRP building
Earlier this year, the Arizona Corporation Commission denied a request by Salt River Project to expand a gas-fired plant near Coolidge, a decision the utility has appealed.
Sep. 7, 2022
Bureau of Land Management lands
Conservationists have embraced the Biden administration’s America the Beautiful Initiative, which would set aside about a third of America’s lands for conservation by 2030. But it will need help from one agency in particular.
Sep. 6, 2022
solar panels
The U.S. Department of Energy has granted University of Arizona almost $11 million over four years to support an Energy Frontier Research Center there. The center’s research on energy conversion and storage could advance solar progress.
Sep. 2, 2022
Unleaded gas is $3.99 at a Phoenix station
Consumers are paying less at the gas pump than they have in months. The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded in Arizona is now just below $4.
Sep. 2, 2022
Rio Verde Foothills homeowner Meredith DeAngelis
Facing a water cutoff in 2023, Maricopa County’s Board of Supervisors denied a request by some residents of the unincorporated Rio Verde Foothills to form its own water district.
Aug. 31, 2022
The Arizona sun behind a palm tree
The heart of the Phoenix metro area — and its downtowns, in particular — has faced decades dealing with the effects of the urban heat island.
Aug. 31, 2022
solar panels
One of the goals of the Inflation Reduction Act was to spur investment in clean energy. A Tempe-based firm says it will expand its operations as a result.
Aug. 30, 2022
Rio Verde Foothills residents
While Arizona is being asked to cut back when Colorado River restrictions go into effect next year, some residents of the state are in danger of being cut off completely from their water supplies. A small community north of Phoenix faces a crucial vote as soon as this week to determine its future source of water.
More Arizona water news
Aug. 27, 2022
sprinklers
Scottsdale has increased financial incentives for residents and businesses to remove grass. The Water Department has $300,000 to offer in rebates this fiscal year, that's $50,000 more than last year.
Aug. 25, 2022

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