Jessica Boehm
May 26, 2023 - Climate

Phoenix heat expert: 800,000 hospitalizations is worst-case scenario

A man putting water in a cooler under a sign that says "Heat Relief Station."

Major Tim Smith, right, and volunteer Adrian Keller fill a cooler with water at a Phoenix heat relief station in 2021. Photo: Caitlin O'Hara/Getty Images

A new report revealing that half of Phoenix residents would require medical attention if a multiday power blackout and heat wave struck simultaneously has heightened local anxiety.

State of play: It's important for residents and local leaders to understand the dangers of extreme heat and grid failures and prepare for a worst-case scenario, Phoenix director of heat response and mitigation David Hondula, one of the report's authors, told us.

Jessica Boehm
May 24, 2023 - Climate

Heat wave and black out would hospitalize half of Phoenix residents

Illustration of a skull and crossbones sun in the sky

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Half of Phoenix residents would need emergency medical attention if a multiday blackout were to coincide with a heat wave, a new study revealed.

Why it matters: Heat waves are deadly even when people have access to air conditioning. Combine extreme temperatures with a blackout and the heat-related death rate would spike by 700%, according to the report published this month in Environmental Science & Technology.

Jessica Boehm
May 22, 2023 - Health

400 promised homeless shelter beds aren't ready for summer heat

The lot where a homeless shelter will eventually be constructed. Photo: Jessica Boehm/Axios

More than 400 promised shelter beds are not ready to shield unhoused people from the Phoenix heat this summer.

Why it matters: Heat kills. Last year, 178 people experiencing homelessness died of heat-associated causes.


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