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Investors now can bet on California’s water, helping agriculture withstand dry spells

A new first of its kind futures market could allow water users to recoup losses if the price of water spikes by allowing investors and farmers alike to bet on how much water in California will cost on a future date. ... Read more»

‘Borrowing from the future’: What an emerging megadrought means for the Southwest

A new report in the journal Science found the period from 2000 through 2018 to be the driest 19-year span since the late 1500s, and the second driest since 800. In simpler terms, it’s an emerging megadrought, which is a drought that typically lasts decades.... Read more»

Fresh air in Phoenix: ADEQ collecting data on CV-19 impact on emissions

The Phoenix area is famous for its warm spring days and wealth of outdoor activities, but it’s also known for something less flattering: some of the worst air quality in the country. ... Read more»

Hot planet: January 2020 was warmest January in 141 years, NOAA says

Last month was Earth’s warmest January on record, NOAA reports, and that was true in Arizona, where January 2020’s average temperature was 3.2 degrees above the historic average. ... Read more»

Report: Tucson, Phoenix among fastest-warming cities in nation since 1970

Phoenix and Tucson were two of the fastest-warming cities in the nation over the last five decades, according to a Climate Central report based on government data.... 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»

Study: 7 in 10 Americans think there's solid evidence of global warming

Severe drought affecting many parts of the nation is convincing skeptics of global warming to reconsider their position on the matter. For the first time since 2008, 7 out of 10 Americans indicate that there is solid evidence of global warming.... Read more»