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Will Arizona’s saguaros survive drought, climate change?

The Sonoran Desert's famed cacti are struggling to cope with climate change and prolonged drought by reproducing less frequently. This worrisome downtick could signal the state’s saguaros are in decline.... Read more»

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FactCheck

Trump repeatedly errs on California wildfires

Over the past two weekends, as two major wildfires devastated communities in Northern and Southern California, President Donald Trump has inaccurately blamed the state’s forest management practices for the blazes. ... Read more»

The Conversation

How to bridge the political divide at the holiday dinner table

Sure, America is divided, but income inequality and an economy favoring the rich may be issues families can agree on over holiday dinner — if we can get over our tribal divides.... Read more»

Boosting the pecanomy: Arizona pecan production peaks

Arizona's pecan industry faces the twin threats of climate change and trade wars even as it continues to grow.... Read more»

Down in the mud: Arizona researchers probe seabed for clues about monsoons

A University of Arizona researcher is digging through mud in the Sea of Cortez to predict the monsoons in Tucson's future.... Read more»

Western wildfires will increase because of climate change, UA researchers say

UA researchers dug through 35 years of data and found climate change will increase how much land will burn in the western U.S. in the next two decades.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

CD2 debate decoded: Why have debates like this?

Put two candidates in a room and let them go at it. It would have made the Kirkpatrick-Peterson debate a lot more interesting and required less work from me to snarkily translate.... Read more»1

A year after U.S. left Paris climate pact, mayors still cling to fight

When the U.S. pulled out of the Paris Accords last summer, five Arizona cities — including Tucson and Bisbee — joined hundreds around the country that vowed to live up to the Paris climate standards even if the U.S. wouldn’t.... Read more»

Arizona's droughts are growing hotter under climate change

Arizona is in its 21st year of drought, and climate change is bringing longer, more intense heat waves.... Read more»

Enviros, Kozachik push Ducey on water policy, climate change

Leaders of Arizona environmental, business and faith groups, along with Tucson Councilman Steve Kozachik, urged Gov. Doug Ducey to take include more voices in discussions about state water policy, and a coalition pressed the Republican governor on climate change.... Read more»

Bats doing well in Az, despite being battered by disease elsewhere

The state’s climate appears to have helped hold off, for now, a disease that has afflicted bats during hibernation in at least half of the country.... Read more»

Tucson, Phoenix get middling scores in UN look at cities’ sustainability

A study scored the 100 most-populous U.S. cities on the Sustainability Development Goals set by the U.N. Those include criteria such as poverty levels, water scarcity, climate action and economic growth.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Cunningham: Planning for heat emergencies

What happens in Tucson during a heat emergency? Temperatures soar, our electrical grid breaks down due to both weather conditions and the fact that everyone has got their air conditioners on full blast and boom…the power goes out, and goes out for a while.... Read more»

Tucson, other Az cities buck Trump, pledge to stick to Paris climate goals

Arizona cities this week spurned President Trump’s plan to pull the U.S. out of a global emissions compact, with at least three mayors — including Tucson's Jonathan Rothschild — pledging their cities would hew to the emission goals laid out in the Paris accord.... Read more»

FactChecking Trump's claims in climate speech

In announcing that the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris Agreement, a global accord aimed at addressing climate change, President Donald Trump made more than a few false and misleading claims.... Read more»

Trump plan to exit Paris accord riles Arizona Democrats, warms GOP

President Trump said Thursday the U.S. will withdraw from a global agreement on emissions that “handicaps” the economy, a move that Arizona critics charged will end up harming both the economy and the environment.... Read more»

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