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Claytoonz: Vanishing Lake Mead is concrete evidence of climate change

A grandmother dying from heatstroke in August because she can’t afford air conditioning may not be as glamorous as goons shooting Bugsy Siegel in Beverly Hills, but it’s the death we should be talking about. We still don’t know who killed Bugsy or why, but we know what's killing grandma. Climate change.... Read more»

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Southwest’s drought & fires are a window to our climate-change future

The ongoing drought appears to be the worst in 1,200 years, with hotter temperatures, smaller snowpack and an earlier start to the fire season - a glimpse at what climate change will bring to the Southwest and elsewhere.... Read more»

Arizona forest health: Stressed by drought & pests, trees are losing resilience to changing climate

A 20-plus year drought – coupled with decades of fire-suppression policies and relentlessly rising temperatures – are behind much of the change in Arizona's forests, calling into question how forest health can be restored.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Sahuarita to experience the business side of water

We should hate Sahuarita's deal with Global Water. And part of me does. But it's water in a desert at a time of climate change and a friend of the devil may just be a friend of ours.... Read more»

Tucson vying for 5th win in national water-saving contest

Tucson is vying for a fifth win in the national "Mayors' Challenge for Water Conservation" put on annually by the Wyland Foundation, an ocean and marine life conservation nonprofit. ... Read more»

States, feds weigh next steps amid 'profound concerns' over dam levels

Officials from the seven Colorado River basin states agreed Friday with a federal plan to sharply cut releases from Lake Powell, as both groups scramble to protect water supplies and power generation by propping up the lake’s level. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

Schaller: We're still in the dark as western water framework unravels

As Arizona’s Colorado River crisis becomes more intractable, I wonder what it will take for some honest information on the extent of water shortage we’re facing. It would be nice to have a community conversation before the next tier of rationing hits.... Read more»

Colorado, San Pedro make annual list of 'most endangered' U.S. rivers

Two Arizona rivers landed on an annual list of the top 10 “most endangered” rivers in the U.S. this week, including the San Pedro River in southern Arizona and the drought-ravaged Colorado in the No. 1 spot. ... Read more»1

Time, tradition and trust: The Navajo Nation takes on climate change

The Navajo Nation is trying to restore the land using Indigenous knowledge and long-held traditions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address a climate that’s relentlessly heating up and drying out the planet.... Read more»

Blankets of color harder to find during Arizona’s subpar wildflower season

Arizonans won’t have much luck finding many wildflowers this year, and some experts fear the future will have fewer Mexican and California poppies – as well as lupine, chicory, fiddlenecks and a host of other wildflowers – as the Southwest continues to heat up and dry out.... Read more»

Arizona experimentará otra primavera más cálida y seca debido a las condiciones de sequía

Los arizonenses que esperan un descanso esta primavera de la sequía que afecta al estado se sentirán decepcionados, ya que los climatólogos piden condiciones de sequía menores a excepcionales, lo que se llama la "nueva normalidad" del estado.... Read more»

Arizona to endure another hot, dry spring as droughts persist

Arizonans hoping for a break this spring from the drought gripping the state will be disappointed, with climatologists calling for minor to exceptional drought conditions, what one calls the state’s “new normal.” ... Read more»

Two Arizona tribe leaders make case for critically needed water projects

Leaders of two Arizona tribes asked Washington lawmakers Wednesday to support funding for development of critical water infrastructure and to OK a bill that would let tribal water be sold to others in the drought-stricken state. ... Read more»

6 wildfire terms to understand, from red flag warning to 100% containment

Wildfires fueled by dry, windy conditions have destroyed dozens of homes in Texas and threatened hundreds of others there and in Oklahoma and Florida this March - a sharp reminder to be prepared for what forecasters warn is likely to be a risky spring for wildfires in the Southwest.... Read more»

Sequía en Lago Powell amenaza la producción de energía y el suministro de agua

Los niveles de agua en el lago Powell, el segundo embalse más grande de los EE. UU., han caído por debajo de los 3525 pies, un nivel crítico que amenaza el suministro de agua y la hidroelectricidad de Arizona para millones de personas.... Read more»

Drop in Lake Powell could threaten Arizona power production as well as water supplies

Water levels on Lake Powell, the second largest reservoir in the U.S., have dropped below 3,525 feet – a critical level that threatens water supplies and hydroelectricity for millions of people. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation had predicted the threshold wouldn’t be reached until August. ... Read more»

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