Phoenix: Sand Castles in a Desert, Rockies-Colorado Failure Assures Phoenix Failure


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 29 March 2018

 

The Desert will Win
Phoenix: Sand Castles in a Desert

Rockies-Colorado Failure Assures Phoenix Failure

Plight of Phoenix: how long can the world’s 'least sustainable' city survive?
Guardian, March 20, 2018.

"That river is drying up. This winter, snow in the Rocky Mountains, which feeds the Colorado, was 70% lower than average. Last month, the US government calculated that two thirds of Arizona is currently facing severe to extreme drought; last summer 50 flights were grounded at Phoenix airport because the heat – which hit 47C (116F) – made the air too thin to take off safely. The “heat island” effect keeps temperatures in Phoenix above 37C (98F) at night in summer."

"... despite the federal Bureau of Reclamation reporting in 2012 that droughts of five or more years would happen every decade over the next 50 years, greater Phoenix has not declared any water restrictions. Nor has the state government decided its official drought contingency proposal."

 

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