Contributor, Cronkite News
Shane Purcell expects to graduate in December 2021 with a degree in sports journalism. Purcell, who has worked internships in sports and in sustainability, is working in the Phoenix News Bureau.
Deforestation, destructive agricultural practices and climate change have contributed to the degradation of topsoil and expanding deserts.
Phoenix, one of the fastest-warming cities in the country, announced the creation of the Office of Heat Response & Mitigation in September.
The city of Phoenix has been studying the efficacy of reflective sealant meant to reduce the absorption of heat in the urban climate.
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