Monsoon brings welcome rain to Southwest, but drought stubbornly persists

The rain has eased fire concerns, but a lot more is needed to replenish water supplies.

U.N. climate panel confronts implausibly hot forecasts of future warming

Next month, after a yearlong delay because of the pandemic, the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will begin to release its first major assessment of human-caused global warming since 2013.

Western drought drives water levels at Great Salt Lake and Lake Powell to historic lows

The water levels of two major water bodies — including a major reservoir — have reached historic lows in recent days amid extreme drought conditions in the western United States.

Climate Adaptation at the Department of Defense and Beyond

New UArizona-led research identifies climate change challenges faced by U.S. Department of Defense facilities, and solutions that might serve as a model for other large organizations.

'Extremely volatile': How COVID-19 threatens the global coffee industry

Kevon Rhiney drinks his coffee black, with just a hint of honey. He favours a medium-dark roast, especially from Jamaica’s Blue Mountains.

Study: Stark picture for Arizona water supply, Tucson could be oasis in desert

Arizona has been in a state of drought for two decades. For the first time in the modern history of the Colorado River, a water shortage will likely be declared at Lake Mead. Couple this with increasing temperatures and climate change and it could spell trouble for Arizona's water supply.

Wildfires are roaring in the west – but not all of them are bad

Another large fire season is casting smoke across the country, with conditions ripe for major devastation. But not all fires are bad, and the widespread burning also brings long-term benefits.

Rain during monsoon season is becoming less reliable, less effective

It's monsoon season in the American Southwest. For Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado, the seasonal rains are very important for rivers and pastures and for keeping wildfires in check. But climate change has made the monsoon less regular. Here's Michael Elizabeth Sakas from Colorado Public Radio.

A Drought So Dire That a Utah Town Pulled the Plug on Growth

Groundwater and streams vital to both farmers and cities are drying up in the West, challenging the future of development.

This summer could change our understanding of extreme heat

The record-smashing Pacific Northwest heat wave suggests that climate change has forced us past a threshold for temperatures.