Phoenix May Soon Become Uninhabitable

In Phoenix, you don’t ask: What could go wrong? You ask: What couldn’t?

And that’s the point, really. Phoenix’s multiple vulnerabilities, which are plenty daunting taken one by one, have the capacity to magnify one another, like compounding illnesses. In this regard, it’s a quintessentially modern city, a pyramid of complexities requiring large energy inputs to keep the whole apparatus humming.

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Scarcity of Water

Latest Seasonal Assessment – Drought coverage remains extremely low nationwide, though it increased slightly since the last Seasonal Drought Outlook. Moderate drought expanded to cover northwestern Washington, and also spread into northwestern Oregon, the northern Idaho Panhandle, and adjacent areas. Moderate drought also expanded into a larger portion of the Southeast. Drought enveloped much of…

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