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2020 Was a Record-Breaking Year for Drought, Wildfires, and Heat in Arizona. 2021 is Poised to Be Even Worse.

After a record-breaking 2020, experts predict 2021 will offer little relief, which could have devastating results for Arizona.

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Tropical Forests Are More Resilient Than We Thought, Which Means We Could Save Them

Tucson's BioDome2 is showing researchers that the rainforest can handle rising temperatures better than initially thought.

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Arizona Is Getting Hotter—And It’s Only Supposed to Get Worse

Phoenix saw both the hottest summer and autumn in the city's history in 2020.

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Arizona’s Wildfires—Once Confined to a Season—May Now Be Year-round

Wildfires have burned more acres in 2020 than the two previous years combined. And, thanks to climate change, it’s only poised to get worse.

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This UN Climate Advisor Worked on Global Policy. Now She Wants to Help Phoenix.

Yassamin Ansari faces off against Cinthia Estela this March in the runoff election for Phoenix City Council.

In this Sunday, June 1, 2014, photograph, cattle graze at the edge of the Verde River in Camp Verde, Ariz. An 84-acre ranch along the Upper Verde River is being added to the Prescott National Forest to help protect the river's natural state and eventually enhance public access. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Arizona’s Last Free-Flowing River Is Now Under Federal Protection

The 84-acre Rio Verde Ranch is now part of the Prescott National Forest, thanks to the efforts of conservation nonprofit Trust For Public Land.

Gregg Sasek, dispersed recreation manager for the Coronado National Forest Santa Catalina Ranger District, demonstrates how ground along the Palisade Trail has been burnt out making it easy for hikers to sink a leg into the soil, on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, near Tucson, Ariz. Various dangers are still being accessed throughout the Coronado National Forest as a result of the Bighorn Fire. (Josh Galemore/Arizona Daily Star via AP, Pool)
5 Ways Biden’s Climate Plan Can Address Everything From Arizona Wildfires to Economic Collapse

Arizona has experienced record wildfires this year, with blazes lasting longer than normal into the summer due to a lackluster monsoon season.