Climate Change

Kamala Harris
Vice President Kamala Harris stood before the record-low water levels of Nevada’s Lake Mead on Monday and made the case for the Biden administration’s climate change agenda by warning that “this is where we’re headed.”
Oct. 19, 2021
BBC look-ahead graphic
The next big international conference on climate change, 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, is set to start in less than two weeks — but talk about it is already heating up. For a look at some of the key global stories in the coming days, The Show spoke with the BBC’s Rob Hugh-Jones.
Oct. 18, 2021
Cattle graze
Federal land management agencies have agreed to do more to keep cattle from grazing in sensitive habitats in the Verde River watershed. A U.S. District Court judge approved the settlement between ecological groups and the federal agencies.
Oct. 15, 2021
Hoover Dam
Extreme drought, heat, and lower precipitation is causing a strain on hydropower production. This could lead to an increase in greenhouse gas emissions.
Oct. 11, 2021
great horned owl
When the birds arrive they’re in pretty bad shape. Many are casualties of drought, arriving in late spring or early summer, when temperatures rise and waterholes go dry. The drought has been hard on Arizona’s raptors, and this year was no exception.
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Oct. 7, 2021
Mark Kelly
Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly chaired a hearing on drought in the West Wednesday. Kelly told colleagues his state is on the front lines of a megadrought.
Oct. 6, 2021
The "Earth thermometer" sculpture
Urban landscapes intensify the effects of dangerously hot and humid days. But scientists only broadly understand the interplay between escalating urban population growth and extreme heat exposure. A new study in the journal PNAS helps address that gap, and the news isn't good.
Oct. 4, 2021
A storm cloud over Phoenix
Monsoon season went out with some moisture for parts of the Phoenix area on Thursday. Overall this year, the Phoenix metro region had 5.8 inches over 23 days of measurable rain. That’s the second most behind 1896 with 24 days.
Oct. 1, 2021
The U.S. Senate $1 trillion infrastructure bill is focused on roads, bridges and other traditional builds. It does not include the additional funding that Dora Vasquez, executive director of the Arizona Alliance of for Retired Americans, says Arizona needs and is included in the $3.5 trillion Build Back Better package.
Sep. 28, 2021
Bureau of Land Management sign
The Bureau of Land Management has approved a right-of-way request for an array of solar panels near Buckeye.
Sep. 24, 2021
karletta chief
Climate change impacts us all now, but for those living on Native American reservations, the environmental impacts are often more extreme. Now, the University of Arizona is starting a new center aimed at helping them address those challenges.
Sep. 23, 2021
colorado river
The Bureau of Reclamation has released its five-year projection for the Colorado River, and the outlook has not improved.
Sep. 22, 2021
Drought
A University of Arizona study took a detailed look at the role that temperature plays in evolution and biodiversity. The researchers were surprised at what they found.
Sep. 15, 2021
SRP building
Salt River Project’s board of directors has approved a plan that would more than double the size of a natural gas burning-plant in Coolidge. But conservationists say the utility will struggle to reach its clean energy goals if the plant is built.
Sep. 14, 2021
Joe Biden
Environmentalists gathered at the state Capitol on Friday morning, urging Congress to pass President Biden’s “Build Back Better” plan as part of his budget proposal. It would allocate $3.5 trillion in spending for climate change initiatives, health care and public schools.
Sep. 10, 2021
solar panels
A Department of Energy study has found that solar could account for as much as 40% of the power grid by 2035.
Sep. 9, 2021
The "Earth thermometer" sculpture
Phoenix set a heat record this June with the average temperature of 95.3 degrees, making it the hottest June on record. But Phoenix hasn’t been alone this summer, in terms of extreme heat.
Sep. 9, 2021
The Upper Colorado River
After the federal government declared the first water shortage on the Colorado River in August, Arizona farmers have started to plan for water cutbacks which begin next year. But one proposed solution requires that everyone cut back, with financial penalties if they don't.
Sep. 5, 2021
A storm cloud over Phoenix
September is the last official month of the monsoon season. In between 110 degree days, this summer was one of the wettest on record all throughout Arizona.
Sep. 5, 2021
The Arizona sun behind a palm tree
A joint editorial published across more than 200 prestigious medical and public health journals says the world cannot wait for the present pandemic to resolve before confronting a looming, and far worse, health challenge: irreversible climate change.
Sep. 3, 2021

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