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An aerial view of Phoenix
If we remember one thing from Phoenix in 2023, it will probably be the heat. This summer toppled heat record after heat record, which seemed appropriate given the fact that it was also the hottest year on record worldwide.
Dec. 19, 2023
Three Colorado River Basin tribal officials met with U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Camille Touton for a 'Sovereign to Sovereign Dialogue' at the CRWUA annual conference on Friday in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The ‘Sovereign to Sovereign Dialogue,’ a first-of-its-kind panel held on Friday during the Colorado River Water Users Association’s 75th meeting in Las Vegas included discussions between the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Camille Touton and three Colorado River Basin tribal leaders among the Ten Tribes Partnership.
Dec. 18, 2023
Josh Moore of the Colorado River Indian Tribes joins a panel on the innovations and challenges of sustainable agriculture in the Colorado River Basin.
Colorado River Indian Tribes farm manager Josh Moore sat on a panel, “Considering Rural Enhancements: Innovations and Challenges for Sustainable Agriculture in the Basin," at this week’s Colorado River Water Users Association annual conference in Las Vegas.
Dec. 16, 2023
sun in phoenix
The UN COP 28 climate talks have ended, and only time will tell how their outcomes affect greenhouse emissions. But with extreme climate events already upon us, a new study asks, “What if we lessen heat impacts while the slow mitigation process takes hold?”
Dec. 15, 2023
Mesa Community College
The Maricopa Association of Governments will hold an open house Saturday morning to get public input on how to reduce pollution and improve air quality.
Dec. 15, 2023
Heat relief network
After a summer with record high temperatures during both day and night, Phoenix is working on expanding hours for cooling centers.
Dec. 12, 2023
A view of the United Nations flag
The United Nations Environmental Program has released a report examining investments, subsidies and other financial transactions that can affect nature.
Dec. 11, 2023
The Casa Blanca Canal flows across both sides of Interstate 10 and through the Gila River Indian Reservation.
Vice President Kamala Harris reflected on her recent trip to the Gila River Indian Community from the stage of the third annual White House Tribal Nations Summit earlier this week.
Dec. 9, 2023
The Maricopa Association of Governments is developing a climate action plan for Maricopa and Pinal counties. The idea is to develop measures to reduce pollution and improve air quality in those counties.
Dec. 8, 2023
Fajada Butte is a butte in Chaco Culture
The chairman of the All Pueblo Council of Governors, who represents 20 sovereign Pueblo Nations in New Mexico and Texas, attended this week's third annual White House Tribal Nations Summit, thanking President Joe Biden and his administration for gifting his communities “a seat at the table.”
Dec. 7, 2023
Raúl Grijalva
Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva criticized Republicans in the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources on Wednesday as they prepared to take up a number of energy bills.
Dec. 6, 2023
President Joe Biden
Tribal leadership from across Indian Country came to the White House to participate in this two-day annual gathering that began under the Biden-Harris administration in 2021.
Dec. 6, 2023
Fallen Aleppo pine tree in central Phoenix after a summer storm
Some of the tall Aleppo pines dotting the Valley today started as live Christmas trees that residents planted in their yards in the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. Now thanks to heat, drought, age and landscaping changes, many of these trees are coming down.
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Dec. 6, 2023
More than 30 people will spend Thursday working on ways to create more shade, as part of the Innovate PHX Challenge at Venture Café downtown.
Dec. 5, 2023
BBC look-ahead graphic
The BBC's Rob Hugh-Jones joined The Show for a look at some of the key global stories in the coming days.
Nov. 27, 2023
On this episode of KJZZ's Word podcast about literature, we feature the winner of the National Book Award for his collection of poetry. Plus, the holiday season means it’s time for NPR’s annual, “Books We Love" feature. Also, a children's author offers two new interactive titles.
Nov. 24, 2023
Hopi dry farmer Gary Tso searches through withered corn stalks for any salvageable ears of corn at the end of his harvest season.
Gary Tso reflects on three decades of Hopi dry farming his mother's corn and the spiritual lessons that come with living his faith on a single-acre field at the bottom of Second Mesa.
Hand-roasting Pima 60-Day Corn is hard and expensive, but essential to preserve heirloom products
Nov. 22, 2023
Terry Button uses a pair of tongs to turn ears of Pima 60-Day Corn roasting over a grill of mesquite coals in September.
Ramona Farms, one of Indian Country’s leading commercial Native-owned farms, is safeguarding their community’s culinary heritage of heirloom products made with one of the world's fastest growing corns through commerce on the Gila River Indian Reservation.
Nov. 20, 2023
The eighth annual report of the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change has been released ahead of the upcoming UN Climate Change conference in Dubai. The authors say all indicators are pointing in the wrong direction.
Nov. 16, 2023
Heavy snow in Snowmass Colorado ski area
The fifth National Climate Assessment shows how human-caused climate change will continue to shrink the Colorado River. The report says annual snow totals will decrease 24% by the year 2050. It also warns that the nation’s groundwater is at risk.
Nov. 16, 2023


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