How to Prevent Sunstroke

How to Prevent Sunstroke

CC Sunscreen cool tips, Desert, Health, Research, Tips & Tricks

For those of us living in Phoenix and surrounding areas, we acknowledge that it’s important to be aware of the sun. It can be hot and if we are not careful can even lead to sunstroke! What is Sunstroke? Sunstroke, also known as heat stroke, occurs when your body becomes so hot that it can start to cause bodily damage. …

Why Does the Sunlight Cause Colors to Fade?

Why Does the Sunlight Cause Colors to Fade?

CC Sunscreen Research, Science

If you have a patio in this desert climate you already know how quickly the sun makes colors fade. It’s hard to keep paint from losing its luster and all too soon before brand new patio furniture starts to lose its fresh look. Patio furniture is by no means cheap so it can be frustrating to watch the sun affect …

Phoenix: The Hottest City in the USA

Phoenix: The Hottest City in the USA

CC Sunscreens All About Arizona, Environment, Research, Science

It probably doesn’t come as a surprise to locals that Phoenix is the hottest major city in the United States. Our city has outdone itself with a staggering average of 107 days a year with temperatures over 99°F, outpacing even Las Vegas which trails us with “only” 70 days in the triple digits. On a warming planet, the intensity of …

Three Short Trips in the Sonoran Desert

Three Short Trips in the Sonoran Desert

CC Sunscreens All About Arizona, Desert, Nature, Research, Tips & Tricks, Travel

The Sonoran Desert is an arid region covering approximately 100,000 square miles in southwestern Arizona and southeastern California, as well as most of Baja California and the western half of the state of Sonora, Mexico. Warm winters attract tourists to Sonora Desert resorts in Palm Springs, California, Tucson, and Phoenix, Arizona. It’s the hottest desert in Mexico and the second …

Critters of the Sonoran Desert

Critters of the Sonoran Desert

CC Sunscreens All About Arizona, Animals & Insects, Desert, Fun Facts, Nature, Research, Sonoran Desert

Sometimes the desert in Arizona gets so hot you have to wonder how other animals get by without the benefit of cooling sunshades. Yet, for centuries Sonoran wildlife has developed and adapted to the extremes of desert temperatures. Part of their strategy is similar to ours – get in the shade for a simple, natural cool. Other fauna is crepuscular …

How Does Climate Change Affect the Sonoran Desert?

How Does Climate Change Affect the Sonoran Desert?

CC Sunscreens All About Arizona, Animals & Insects, Desert, Nature, News, Research, Science

Here in the Sonoran Desert, we’re used to extremes of hot and dry weather. Sometimes, this can make the reality of climate change seem abstract and hard to see, but rising global temperatures are setting into motion a cascade of drastic changes to ecosystems and weather patterns. From the severe polar vortex winter storms striking the Midwest to the widespread …

The Relationship Between Cactuses and Ants in the Sonoran Desert

The Relationship Between Cactuses and Ants in the Sonoran Desert

CC Sunscreens Animals & Insects, Desert, Fun Facts, Nature, Plant Life, Research

Have you ever wondered how the native cacti of the Sonoran Desert can survive the hot, arid challenges of Arizona summer? It turns out that many cacti get by with a little help from their friends. In an evolved connection, cacti thrive in conjunction with colonies of ants, both specially adapted to benefit the other. The Generous Cactus Looking close …

Understanding Vitamin D

Understanding Vitamin D

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Our body needs vitamins to grow, heal and function well. Vitamins permeate our food, where we consume them and let our body absorb them as nutritional content. In fact, vitamins are usually assumed to be obtained through ingestion, from vitamin-enhanced milk and cereal to a daily multivitamin that delivers a complete (or nearly complete) dose of most nutritional requirements our …

How Light Can Affect Your Emotions

How Light Can Affect Your Emotions

CC Sunscreens Health, News, Research, Weather

If you’ve ever tried to grow a plant in a windowless room, you’ve probably learned a lesson in how important lighting is. Without a full spectrum of light, either coming from the sun or lights that mimic sunlight, most plants will fail to thrive and many will refuse to flower. Humans aren’t plants, but the way we experience light can …