Climate Initiatives

Climate Impacts in Northern Arizona

The Southwest is one of the most vulnerable regions in the United States to the impacts of climate change.

Climate change is already causing adverse effects on Southwestern communities’ health and economies due to increases in temperature, drought, and wildfirei. The changing climate is linked to rising concentrations of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, methane and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in the atmosphere, which insulate the planet and cause it to warm. It has been shown that reducing these heat-trapping gas emissions will reduce the speed at which the planet is warming, thus mitigating the expected threats to communities and the environment.

There is support for climate change action in Arizona: According to a studyii conducted by the University of Arizona and Stanford University, 70 percent of Arizona residents believe that the U.S. and Arizona governments should take action on climate change by limiting greenhouse gas emissions.

To lead the way in Arizona, the City of Flagstaff is developing a community-driven Climate Action and Adaptation Plan to set decreased emission goals and increase the resilience in our community to climate change impacts. Explore our climate our programs using the links below.

Current Climate Programs

References and further reading

[i] Garfin, G., G. Franco, H. Blanco, A. Comrie, P. Gonzalez, T. Piechota, R. Smyth, and R. Waskom, 2014: Ch. 20: Southwest. Climate Change Impacts in the United States: The Third National Climate Assessment, J. M. Melillo, Terese (T.C.) Richmond, and G. W. Yohe, Eds., U.S. Global Change Research Program, 462-486. doi:10.7930/J08G8HMN. http://nca2014.globalchange.gov/report/regions/southwest

[ii] Liverman, D., Garfin, G.M., Doster, S., Overpeck, J.T., Machlis, G. (2015). Arizona’s views on climate change-Executive summary. Institute of the Environment. http://www.environment.arizona.edu/climate-survey