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A Phoenix skyline
After the hottest summer in its history, Maricopa County has now confirmed this will be another record-breaking year for heat-related deaths.
Oct. 19, 2023
SRP power lines
When Gov. Katie Hobbs took office at the start of the year she announced plans for a new state agency for energy and sustainability programs. That office is still getting set up. But important deadlines are quickly approaching for federal funding for climate change programs.
Oct. 19, 2023
SRP building
Conservationists have criticized Salt River Project’s recent forecast for energy production, saying they wanted to see more renewable energy in the mix. But the utility says it remains committed to renewable energy as it looks forward.
Oct. 17, 2023
Tucson skyline
The Show spoke to Tim Steller, metro columnist for the Arizona Daily Star, about trees and homelessness in Tucson.
Oct. 17, 2023
summer cactus
While the rest of the U.S. is starting to feel like fall, Phoenix is staying hot — triple digit hot. Monday, Oct. 16, broke the heat record for the date at 105 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
Oct. 16, 2023
Ken Burns shooting "The American Buffalo."
Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns discusses his latest PBS project, "The American Buffalo," with KJZZ News in an in-depth conversation about this iconic species and the Indigenous communities that share a traumatically intertwined history spanning hundreds of generations on this continent.
Oct. 15, 2023
Two white peacock butterflies flying
Derek Kellogg, director of animal care at Butterfly Wonderland in Scottsdale, is concerned that “large and spectacular migrations” of butterflies are under threat from climate change.
Oct. 13, 2023
solar panels
Salt River Project recently outlined its goals for energy production and sustainability goals through 2035, but conservation groups criticized the utility for its lack of commitment to renewable energy.
Oct. 11, 2023
Downtown Safford
La Paz County and Safford will collectively get more than $4.3 million in funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
Oct. 10, 2023
Fall leaves in foreground with desert rock and cactus in background
Matt Pace, meteorologist for the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, spoke with The Show about what Arizona can expect in the fall forecast.
Oct. 10, 2023
President Joe Biden
The Biden administration is waiving more than two dozen environmental protection laws to build a steel bollard wall and roads along almost 20 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. Arizona lawmakers and advocates are calling on him to reverse course.
Oct. 10, 2023
Extreme heat orange sun sunset
As the Valley’s hottest summer slowly winds down, Arizonans might think they are getting a taste of what a hotter climate might look like in the future. But the cause of the heat wave was more complicated than that.
Oct. 9, 2023
Charge Point electric vehicle charging station Flagstaff
As Valley residents look for ways to help offset climate change, they continue to make the switch to electric vehicles at a rapid rate. Salt River Project says more public charging options will emerge as more drivers convert.
Oct. 9, 2023
The marching band at Mountain Ridge High School
All around the U.S. this fall, students and educators have been struggling with extreme heat. And for marching bands, this new climate is no longer just a question of comfort.
Oct. 6, 2023
Yarrow’s spiny lizard
The work is based on surveys of dwindling lizard populations in southern Arizona’s sky-island mountain ranges. “We found like 70 years’ worth of extinction in just seven years,” said UA’s John Wiens.
More Arizona Science Desk news
Sep. 20, 2023
camelback monsoon
Monsoon season officially lasts from June 15 to Sept. 30. The summer storms typically bring about 2.4 inches of rain to the Valley. This year we’ve had just 0.15 inches.
Sep. 19, 2023
A hydrogen fuel-cell semitruck made by Nikola Motors.
Arizona-based Nikola Motors says it’s recently started producing hydrogen fuel-cell semitrucks and expects to begin delivering them this fall. The company said it’s had more than 200 orders for the trucks, which have a range of up to 500 miles.
Sep. 19, 2023
El Pinacate
UNESCO, the UN body responsible for world heritage sites, is asking for more protection of the nature reserve just across the Arizona border in Mexico.
Sep. 18, 2023
Rivers are a vital source of water throughout the West, and play an essential role in the food chain and the carbon cycle. But two recent papers show river health is failing, confirming some dire predictions of climate models.
Sep. 14, 2023
The Interior Department announced on Monday new federal grants that may give Indigenous youth public service opportunities on federal and tribal lands in Arizona.
Sep. 11, 2023


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