Environment


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Phoenix Is Fighting Rising Heat With a New City Office

Phoenix, one of the fastest-warming cities in the country, announced the creation of the Office of Heat Response & Mitigation in September.

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One Potential Solution for Curbing Heat in Phoenix? Sunblock for Streets.

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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Phoenix Population Keeps Growing as Climate Danger Rises

New data shows that people keep flocking to communities like Phoenix where climate change makes life more uncomfortable and more precarious.

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Report Estimates Lake Powell Has 88% Chance of Falling Below Critical Level by August 2022

New projections show that Lake Mead and Lake Powell could reach “critically low reservoir elevations” sooner than expected.

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Southern Arizona Succulent Designated as a ‘Threatened’ Species

The US Fish and Wildlife Service is designating an Arizona succulent as a “threatened” species under the Endangered Species Act.

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High Monsoon Activity Leads to More Caterpillars in Arizona

There are more caterpillars in Arizona than in years past because of the increased rainfall this monsoon season.

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After 2 Bone-Dry Years, Arizona’s Monsoon Season Unleashes With a Fury

After two bone-dry years that sank the US Southwest deeper into drought, this summer's rainy season unleashed with a fury.