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An aerial view of Phoenix
It’s officially December — and it’s still set to be over 80 degrees on Wednesday. To learn about the hot streak, The Show spoke with Matt Pace, meteorologist with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.
Dec. 1, 2021
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Sunrise Park Resort, a place to ski in Apache County, has delayed its opening because of warm temperatures and a lack of natural snow this year.
Nov. 30, 2021
Sonoran Sierra Solar Energy
The governor of neighboring Sonora hopes to bring solar energy plants to the state’s rural communities. Building the facilities could also improve broadband internet access in some rural communities, according to state authorities.
Nov. 29, 2021
Climate change is extending the length of our wildfire seasons — which used to include a few months of severe danger but are becoming nearly year-round. That means more wildland firefighters who are subject to conditions that could adversely affect their health.
Nov. 29, 2021
solar panels
Climate change is creating water challenges; it’s also making it tougher for farmers to efficiently grow certain crops. But a new $10 million federal grant is looking into one potential solution for both issues: agrivoltaics.
Nov. 23, 2021
The sun over Phoenix
The COP26 climate summit saw global attention turn to what countries could do to combat climate change. But a number of city officials were also in Scotland discussing their own plans of action.
Nov. 18, 2021
COP26 was held in Glasgow,
In the past 24 hours at COP26, a draft agreement from leaders, policymakers, stakeholders and researchers has been circulated with provisions addressing climate warming and carbon emissions. Rich Preston has been covering the COP26 conference for the BBC, and he joined The Show to talk about the details of the agreement.
Nov. 11, 2021
A water faucet
The western United States is facing extreme drought. This is leading to some cities to look for alternative sources for drinking water.
Nov. 11, 2021
Museum Fire
Coconino County's Flood Control District will receive $3.5 million from the U.S. Forest Service for watershed restoration in the area between the 2019 Museum Fire burn scar and Flagstaff.
Nov. 10, 2021
Inside an EnVision Center
Tempe will join a hundred other communities across the country offering EnVision Centers. A vacant building at 1310 E. Apache Blvd. is being refurbished to become the EnVision Center and Resilient Energy Hub.
Nov. 9, 2021
Kate Gallego
The COP26 conference is in its second week, with leaders from around the world convening in Scotland to discuss actions that can be taken to curb climate change. But it’s not just presidents and prime ministers that are there to work toward a cleaner future — mayors are also there, including Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego.
Nov. 9, 2021
BBC look-ahead graphic
COP26, the global climate change conference, continues this week in Glasgow, Scotland, with negotiators working to hammer out agreements before the summit wraps up.
Nov. 8, 2021
Cultivator Jorge Leon demonstrates the kind of grafting clips he uses both on tomato and watermelon plants at Sierra Seed Company in Imuris, Sonora, Mexico.
University of Arizona will study how plants communicate thanks to a $3.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation. This will include research on drought impacts and how plants can combat such impacts.
Nov. 3, 2021
SRP East Line Solar Plant
Installing new solar panels on an older home can be expensive, so SRP has designed a plan for those who want to support solar without those upfront costs.
Nov. 1, 2021
A schematic diagram for the teleconnection between Arctic sea-ice loss and increasing fire hazards over the western U.S.
Wildfires in the American West have grown more frequent and severe over recent decades. New research suggests changes in arctic sea ice might bear part of the blame.
Oct. 29, 2021
Firefighters fighting the Backbone Fire
Federal agencies and other groups frequently cooperate on fighting wildfires. The Aspen Institute and Nature Conservancy are looking at how they might work to stop fires before they start and convened a panel of experts to talk about the problem.
Oct. 26, 2021
Colorado River
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey wants to invest $30 million from the COVID-19 relief fund to protect the state’s access to the Colorado River water supply.
Oct. 25, 2021
The Arizona sun behind a palm tree
Phoenix has become the first city in the country to open a publicly funded Office of Heat Response and Mitigation; that’s part of nearly $3 million to deal with heat and climate change in the most recent city budget.
Oct. 25, 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


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