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SRP building
Salt River Project’s board of directors has approved a plan that would more than double the size of a natural gas burning-plant in Coolidge. But conservationists say the utility will struggle to reach its clean energy goals if the plant is built.
Sep. 14, 2021
Joe Biden
Environmentalists gathered at the state Capitol on Friday morning, urging Congress to pass President Biden’s “Build Back Better” plan as part of his budget proposal. It would allocate $3.5 trillion in spending for climate change initiatives, health care and public schools.
Sep. 10, 2021
solar panels
A Department of Energy study has found that solar could account for as much as 40% of the power grid by 2035.
Sep. 9, 2021
The "Earth thermometer" sculpture
Phoenix set a heat record this June with the average temperature of 95.3 degrees, making it the hottest June on record. But Phoenix hasn’t been alone this summer, in terms of extreme heat.
Sep. 9, 2021
The Upper Colorado River
After the federal government declared the first water shortage on the Colorado River in August, Arizona farmers have started to plan for water cutbacks which begin next year. But one proposed solution requires that everyone cut back, with financial penalties if they don't.
Sep. 5, 2021
A storm cloud over Phoenix
September is the last official month of the monsoon season. In between 110 degree days, this summer was one of the wettest on record all throughout Arizona.
Sep. 5, 2021
The Arizona sun behind a palm tree
A joint editorial published across more than 200 prestigious medical and public health journals says the world cannot wait for the present pandemic to resolve before confronting a looming, and far worse, health challenge: irreversible climate change.
Sep. 3, 2021
monsoon rain
In this episode of KJZZ's Monsoon Stories, The Show dives into urban water — and how monsoon rains can help, or hurt, our city’s ability to grow in the future.
Sep. 3, 2021
Changing Lake Powell levels left a floating restroom stranded on rock
The Bureau of Reclamation recently declared a water shortage on the Colorado River, but that hasn’t stopped states from proposing new water projects. Just about every drop on the Colorado River is accounted for. But climate change has reduced the amount of water in the system.
Sep. 2, 2021
Smokes rises from the Whitewater-Baldy wildfire burning in the Gila Wilderness of southern New Mexico.
Huge gaps between air quality sensors in the western U.S. have created blind spots in the warning system for wildfire smoke plumes sweeping North America this summer.
Aug. 27, 2021
drought improvement
At the start of this year, nearly three-quarters of Arizona was in an exceptional drought, the U.S. Drought monitor’s most severe category. Now, less than 1% of the state is at that level.
Aug. 27, 2021
The Arizona sun behind a palm tree
A new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists finds the effects of rising temperatures could have negative effects on the labor market, putting $2.5 billion of earnings are at risk in Arizona alone.
Aug. 26, 2021
SRP building
Salt River Project will seek approval from its governing board to expand its Coolidge Generating Station, but conservationists have questions about the plan.
Aug. 25, 2021
The south Scottsdale where storm runoff through greenbelt passes under Mckellips Road
One wet summer in Arizona is not going to be nearly enough to reverse the effects of the decades-long drought the region is facing. But there has been some incremental improvement.
Aug. 25, 2021
After two decades of drought, reservoirs on the Colorado River are depleted, and the federal government has declared a water shortage, which will trigger cutbacks. Central Arizona farmers will bear the brunt of those cutbacks.
Aug. 20, 2021
phoenix wash
In this year’s monsoon series, we’re looking at how climate change meets the monsoon, and what that could mean for our environment, growth, traditions and identity.
Aug. 20, 2021
This week, the federal government declared a Tier 1 shortage on the Colorado River for the first time in history. But the city of Phoenix says it is built for drought — and ready for that future.
More Water Coverage
Aug. 19, 2021
tall building
Several cities across Arizona have announced efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, in an effort to curb the impact of climate change. And UA assistant professor Jonathan Bean says this conversation needs to expand from focusing on modes of transportation to include the buildings we’re in.
Aug. 18, 2021
The below-grade Papago Freeway in central Phoenix, built on what used to be Moreland and Culver streets.
With the Senate's passage of a physical infrastructure bill, Congress will now take up a broader infrastructure bill.
Aug. 11, 2021
Raúl Grijalva
A recent report on climate change says the problem has reached a crisis level and will have consequences for billions of people.
Aug. 10, 2021


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