Follow Joan Meiners of the Arizona Republic

Climate change is a story that will define a generation and shape the future of the planet, but it is also a story of what is happening now, in our cities, neighborhoods and homes.

Joan Meiners joined The Arizona Republic to help tell this story, to help readers understand what’s going on, to translate the science, and to show that all is not lost. We can still adapt and prepare for the effects of a changing world.

Joan worked on an award-winning pollution series in New Orleans and developed a passionate following in St. George, Utah for her reporting on water safety. Now, every Wednesday, Joan writes another chapter of history.

Joan Meiners
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She writes about what will happen if the nations of the world don’t respond to the threats of a changing climate, but more importantly, she writes about what could happen if the right steps are taken. She draws on the best sources and her own expertise with a doctorate in ecology.

“Phoenix,” she wrote in her first dispatch to The Republic, “with its scorching heat, withered soils and rapid population growth and some of the best sunsets I’ve ever seen, is especially good positioned to be a leader in sustainable construction, renewable energy, agricultural advancements and the deliberate reintegration of nature into our lives.”

If you have any questions about the climate, how it affects Arizona and the world around you, send them to Joan at [email protected] You can also follow her on Twitter @beecycles. During this time she will ask the questions to tell the story of what is to follow.

“My favorite thing about science and journalism,” she wrote, “is that no one will ever again be able to tell me that I ask too many questions.”

Read Joan’s latest stories

Solar jobs are coming to Arizona, and ecologists, economists and engineers can’t wait

Exertional heat stroke is on the rise in athletes. Could urine tracking be the answer?

Democracy can lead to solutions to climate change, but it may be up to states to act first

We can’t buy our way to a cooler climate, experts say. Not even on Earth Day

ASU to dedicate $192 million sustainable facility amid full slate of Earth Week events

New book on climate change in national parks makes case for action to save our best idea

The climate report traces an arc towards environmental justice, seeking fair emissions cuts

Experts say the world is ‘at a crossroads’, but there is hope with concrete actions

The EPA has released state-specific emissions reports. Arizona is not on the list

Science needs data to solve problems. Climate change makes it harder

How much of the heat can we attribute to the heat island?

The power of the sun, the people and politics. The climate depends on the 3

Growing population brings greater climate risks to metropolitan areas, report says, but also hope