Sustainability News

Earth’s average global temperature map
The average temperatures across the globe last year were in the top three warmest on record. The desert Southwest's temperatures were the highest ever.
January 19, 2018
Bike-sharing programs are expanding, and recently, a new model has emerged: dockless bike-sharing.
January 17, 2018
A Central Arizona Project canal in Scottsdale
The highly-anticipated water policy proposals from Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey are expected to tackle "excess water," an important part of Arizona's water portfolio.
January 17, 2018
A bull elk
The department reports its silent witness program, Operation Game Thief drew almost 1,100 reports of wildlife violations from poaching, to feeding wild animals and possessing restricted animals.The department issued 76 citations, netting $74,500 in civil fines. The majority of citations, 55, were for the illegal take of big game.
January 17, 2018
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U.S. Department of Agriculture aerial sharpshooters are returning to the Lake Havasu National Wildlife Refuge for a second attempt to exterminate feral hogs at the refuge along the Colorado River.
January 15, 2018
Two-thirds of the world's population are expected to live in cities by 2050, and that's driving a need for urban agriculture.
January 12, 2018
“LED is the technology of the future. I think we’ll see cities switch because the savings are so big," said David Beard, Glendale city engineer. "It’s about a 60 percent savings in electric consumption.”
January 10, 2018
biker in protected bike lane
“We are trying to make better use of our existing streets,” said Street Transportation Deputy Director Mark Melnychenko. “How can we evaluate the street and possibly have the ability to put in other modes of transportation?”
January 10, 2018
Water fights are nothing new in the Western U.S. Arizona and California battled for decades, and, though there’s more cooperation now, states that use Colorado River water are attempting to plan to make sure there’s enough for the short and long-term futures.
January 09, 2018
wind turbines
Alternative energy has become a key part of the U.S. diversifying its overall energy outlook and portfolio. But one of those sources — wind energy — could be becoming less powerful. Martin Pasqualetti, professor of geography at ASU and co-director of the Energy Policy Innovation Council, explains.
January 04, 2018
Dense salt cedar trees create fire and flood hazards. The county will replace them with more than 2,000 native plants.
January 02, 2018
Alternative energy sources like wind offer a way to lessen a country’s carbon footprint. But global warming trends could soon change the way the wind blows.
January 02, 2018
An Arizona elk in the wild
West Virginia wildlife officials say 60 elk coming to the state from Arizona will be captured in January.
January 01, 2018
sage grouse
Proponents of the deal are emphasizing its value to the future of the troubled sage grouse in Grouse Creek. The bird, known for its colorful mating rituals, has suffered drastic population declines since pioneers settled the West.
January 01, 2018
The Arizona Game and Fish Department is reminding outdoor recreationists this holiday season to help protect the state’s 67 breeding pairs of bald eagles.
December 28, 2017
christmas trees in lot
With Christmas over, it’s time to decide what to do with the tree.
December 26, 2017
People who live or work in Phoenix are being asked to help set environmental priorities and early input from a survey reveals trees are a top priority.
December 25, 2017
Solar Panel
The last decade as seen increased interest in renewable energy; in the west, it was mainly solar and wind. And that created an opportunity, but it also created challenges.
December 22, 2017
Wild burros at the Black Mountain HMA
There are too many wild horses and burros on Western range land, according to the federal government. So far, the main strategy to control the population has been “roundups:” corralling the animals and taking them to large ranches to live, all at government expense. Horse and burro people hope to shift to another strategy: birth control.
December 22, 2017
LimeBike found the average Valley rider takes a 9-minute, 45-second spin and travels about 1.3 miles. So far people have pedaled 7,100 miles on the bikes.
December 19, 2017