Peter O'Dowd http://iowapublicradio.org en Scorching Phoenix Plans For An Even Hotter Future http://iowapublicradio.org/post/scorching-phoenix-plans-even-hotter-future It's been a record hot summer in many cities across the nation. Phoenix is no exception. This Sonoran Desert metropolis already records more days over 100 degrees than any other major U.S. city. Now, climate models predict Phoenix will soon get even hotter.<p>A hotter future may mean a more volatile environment — and along with it, natural disasters, greater pressure on infrastructure, and an increased physical toll on city residents.<p>While some city planners around the country discuss ways to mitigate climate change, planners in Phoenix assume that change is already under way. Tue, 14 Aug 2012 21:10:00 +0000 Peter O'Dowd 6360 at http://iowapublicradio.org Scorching Phoenix Plans For An Even Hotter Future U.S. Border States Have Stake In Mexico's Presidential election http://iowapublicradio.org/post/us-border-states-have-stake-mexicos-presidential-election Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>In southern Texas and in Arizona, people are paying a lot of attention to the presidential election - Mexico's presidential election. From member station KJZZ, Peter O'Dowd explains why millions of Americans are awaiting July 1st, Mexico's election day.<p>PETER O'DOWD, BYLINE: Stand on the edge of this unfinished railroad bridge outside of Brownsville, Texas, and you can see across the Rio Grande into Mexico. It's the first bridge of its kind to connect the countries in a century. Tue, 19 Jun 2012 08:58:00 +0000 Peter O'Dowd 3401 at http://iowapublicradio.org