extreme heat


Photo: Barry M. Goldwater Historic Photograph Collection

Climate Justice Requires Prioritization of The Poor and Vulnerable

, Climate Scientist

The legend of the mythological Phoenix tells the story of a “female sacred firebird with beautiful gold and red plumage”. It was said that at the end of its centenarian plus life-cycle, the Phoenix ignited herself among a nest of twigs, and, reducing itself to ashes, a new young Phoenix would arise from the smolder.  It’s a fitting metaphor for Phoenix, Arizona, a relatively young city at 150 years, yet located in the Salt River valley, a Sonoran Desert region that has been inhabited and abandoned by people for thousands of years before its current form as a sprawling metropolitan area.

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Photo: Barry M. Goldwater Historic Photograph Collection (FP FPC 1, Box 8, Folder 1. Historic Photographs, Places: Canals and Irrigation. 1890-1901. Arizona Collection, Arizona State University
Photos: – Barry M. Goldwater Historic Photograph Collection
Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona
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American Climate Prospectus

We Need Better Data about What Is Killing American Prisoners. It’s Probably the Heat.

Anyun Chatterjee, , UCS

DC is in the middle of a swampy heat wave right now, with temperatures exceeding 90oF regularly. My peers and I can joke about getting drenched in sweat from the walk from the metro to school because we have an air-conditioned building to look forward to. Any heat-related discomfort is temporary for us. Prisoners in our country don’t have this luxury, and it may be killing more of them than we realize. Read more >

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Extreme Heat and Wildfire in California

, senior climate scientist

California is burning (again). As a climate scientist living in California, the state’s wildfires over the past few years, while startling, have not been particularly surprising. This is, after all, what scientists have been predicting for a very long time. But there’s a profound difference between being clear-headed and understanding of predictions and feeling existential nausea because  this is the reality we have created for ourselves and our children. Read more >

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