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Phoenix: a metropolis-oasis in danger?

Abstract : Arizona, one of the fastest growing states in the U.S., is home to the rapidly expanding city of Phoenix. With over four million inhabitants, the megapolis sitting in the sweltering Sonoran desert depends heavily on an aqueduct bringing water from the once-mighty Colorado River, which is now hit by a decade-long drought. It is now widely recognized that climate change will make droughts more severe and permanent in the region, with the risk of water shortages. In analyzing the level of preparedness, we seek to probe the public discourse that is taking place in Phoenix and how it interacts with policies, both local and federal. History and myth play a large role in the Phoenician identity. This article shows that the vulnerability of the city rests less on a lack of water in the absolute sense than on a disconnection of the problem from larger issues that have reached iconic status and are therefore unquestioned, such as industrial and population growth.
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Eliane Liddell. Phoenix: a metropolis-oasis in danger?. L'Ordinaire des Amériques, Institut pluridisciplinaire pour les études sur les Amériques à Toulouse (IPEAT), 2015, ⟨10.4000/orda.1821⟩. ⟨hal-02386505⟩



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