air quality

Environment

Valley traffic returns, carbon emissions rise as COVID-19 restrictions ease

Traffic has returned to metro Phoenix in a big way, causing delays in morning and afternoon commutes and increasing carbon emissions in an area that has long-standing problems with air quality. During more than a year of working from home, taking online classes and holding events virtually, the lack of traffic made driving a relative

Environment

Governors Ducey, Pavlovich Sign Water, Air Quality Agreement

Governor Doug Ducey and Sonora Governor Claudia Pavlovich capped their close, six-year professional relationship by signing an agreement to secure the neighboring states’ water future and expand collaboration to monitor air quality. Meeting for the last time before Governor Pavlovich leaves office in September, the Governors also participated in a “fireside chat” where they discussed

State

Arizona expected to clear over the next few days, but smoke could return

The smoke over Arizona is expected to clear this week, but meteorologists say it could return as wildfires fueled in part by climate change continue to scorch large swaths of Northern California, Oregon and Washington. Scientists predict new wind patterns will move the smoke east and encourage clearer skies and higher temperatures in Arizona, while

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