Climate Change Batters the West Before Summer Even Begins

Global warming has been fueling disasters in the region for years. Now, an early heat wave and severe drought are threatening lives and leaving water in perilously short supply.,

The sunset over Phoenix, Ariz., tinted by smoke from nearby wildfires on Tuesday, when temperatures climbed to 118 degrees Fahrenheit.
The sunset over Phoenix, Ariz., tinted by smoke from nearby wildfires on Tuesday, when temperatures climbed to 118 degrees Fahrenheit.Credit…Ash Ponders for The New York Times

Climate Change Batters the West Before Summer Even Begins

Global warming has been fueling disasters in the region for years. Now, an early heat wave and severe drought are threatening lives and leaving water in perilously short supply.

The sunset over Phoenix, Ariz., tinted by smoke from nearby wildfires on Tuesday, when temperatures climbed to 118 degrees Fahrenheit.Credit…Ash Ponders for The New York Times

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