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Climate change is an ongoing — and growing concern — around the world, and particularly here in the Southwest as we recently emerged from the hottest summer on record in Phoenix. The Trump administration hasn’t made dealing with climate change a priority, but there are already signs the incoming Biden administration will.
Nov. 24, 2020
American pika
The potato-sized rabbit-cousin called the pika has long stood as a coalmine canary for global warming. But one research review suggests the role of human-induced climate change in its decline might be overblown.
Oct. 17, 2020
sun in phoenix
Phoenix set a record last week for days with high temperatures in the triple digits. Now, research on 47 U.S. metro areas suggests heat exposure across the 21st century might exceed expectations.
Oct. 17, 2020
A southewestern willow flycatcher.
In late September, thousands of migratory birds were found dead in places like Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. Some are attributing that to dramatic weather shifts. The Show spoke with Troy Corman, avian monitoring coordinator for Arizona Game and Fish, about this.
Oct. 7, 2020
sun in the sky
A virtual climate panel discussion explored issues of record heat, water shortages and wildfires and how they affect Arizona communities. Panelists discussed the current situation in Arizona, and what needs to be done if the state wants to be sustainable into the 22nd century.
Sep. 25, 2020
Stephen Cheney
The effects of climate change are being blamed for the catastrophic wildfires burning on the West Coast right now in California and Oregon. But national security — and how we work with and protect allies — could be affected, too as this nation and the rest of the world become hotter and drier.
Sep. 17, 2020
Lightning in Phoenix
This year’s monsoon season was one of the driest on record. Will this be the new normal? One expert says whether or not they disappear, monsoons in Arizona are certainly going to look different in the future. And climate change is likely to blame.
Sep. 15, 2020
Arizona is home to the country’s largest contiguous area of Ponderosa pines, some of which burn each year during wildfire season. Now, a new study examines how those trees recover or decline under an uncertain climate future.
Aug. 31, 2020
An aerial photo of Phoenix
The Valley’s extreme heat continues, as this is one of the hottest summers the area has ever experienced. But the problem isn’t short-term. Scientists expect the impact of climate change to be felt even more deeply in the future, and the Southwest is at the center of that.
Aug. 26, 2020
sun in phoenix
Phoenix has already broken several heat records this summer, and it’s only the beginning of August. July was the hottest month ever recorded in Phoenix. On top of that, so far we’re looking at one of the driest monsoon seasons on record. The Show spoke with Randy Cerveny, a professor of geographical sciences, about how unusual all this extreme heat really is.
Aug. 6, 2020
Arizonans are used to hot summers, but not the “rare, dangerous and deadly” conditions that have prompted the National Weather Service to issue an excessive heat warning through Monday. What drives these events?
Jul. 31, 2020
woodbury fire
A group of New Mexico scientists says that wildfire smoke may contribute less to climate change than previously thought. The researchers examined data from an Arizona wildfire, the Woodbury Fire, which burned more than 123,000 acres in the Superstition Mountains in 2019.
Jul. 14, 2020
youth climate strike
A 2018 federal tax credit is being reworked in the GOP’s proposed Environmental Plan. It centers around a tax credit for companies willing to capture and store carbon emissions.
Mar. 13, 2020
Arizona Youth Climate Strike
Yesterday, in front of City Hall, a group of climate activists gathered to demand that the City of Phoenix declare a climate emergency. They presented a resolution that would commit the city to becoming carbon-neutral by 2030 instead of 2050.
Mar. 10, 2020
About 71% of Arizona voters think climate change is a serious problem. That's according to the Colorado College State of the Rockies Project, a survey to find how important climate and environmental issues are to voters in eight western states.
Feb. 21, 2020
thunderbird school rendering
Officials with the Thunderbird School of Global Management at ASU had a busy time at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland last month.
Feb. 21, 2020
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
New research from the Southern Ocean has some important news about climate change for Arizona. Scientists say their ability to do more work in that area will likely mean better climate change models for other parts of the globe, including the Sonoran Desert. Joellen Russell, an oceanographer and climate scientist at the University of Arizona, is one of the researchers working on this.
Jan. 22, 2020
Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of Global Management has released a report projecting multi-trillion-dollar opportunities and benefits they say could accrue from climate restoration efforts.
Jan. 21, 2020


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