Sustainability News

Travelers and employees at Sky Harbor Airport will soon have a new healthcare option.
Apr. 23, 2018
There’s a rising tension over water in the Southwest. Agencies that manage the Colorado River are attempting to publicly shame an increasingly isolated water agency in Arizona. The feud has the potential to upset negotiations over the river’s future.
Apr. 23, 2018
Green building practices have become more and more a part of urban planning. But, a conference getting underway Thursday in Phoenix looks for ways cities can benefit their local natural environments.
Apr. 19, 2018
Last month, the Tempe City Council voted to go 100% renewable by 2035. Not an easy, or a cheap, task. But it turns out, they’re getting a little help along the way from a class of Arizona State University students.
Apr. 19, 2018
The Rocky Mountains Are Dusty, And It
A menace lurks beneath the snow high up in the southern Rocky Mountains.
Apr. 17, 2018
Commissioners in the Upper Basin of the Colorado River are talking about Arizona. They sent a letter to the head of Arizona’s water department, saying the state needs to resolve its internal disputes and finalize an agreement on how to deal with a future shortage on the river.
Apr. 16, 2018
Arizona’s bioscience sector is outpacing the country when it comes to adding jobs, but falling behind on venture-capital funding.
Apr. 16, 2018
A squirrel at the Phoenix Zoo is showing signs of pregnancy, exciting scientists because there are only about 35 Mount Graham red squirrels left in the world. As Arizona heads into wildfire season, concerns remain due to the vulnerability of the endangered animal.
Apr. 12, 2018
This week, National Guard troops from Arizona and other states have started moving south to reinforce and support the U.S Border Patrol. In the meantime, another part of President Trump’s border security plan is also underway: The wall.
Apr. 11, 2018
Maintaining the Salt River Project’s pipes, ditches and canals poses unique technical and workforce problems. In this installment of the Arizona Science Desk’s “Lifeblood of the Desert” series, we explore how SRP is working with Arizona State University on some novel helpers.
Apr. 11, 2018
When we talk about walkable, sustainable cities, Phoenix is usually not the first city to come to mind. But one man believes that cities — even cities like Phoenix — can be friendlier to pedestrians and commuters alike.
Apr. 6, 2018
There hasn’t been much movement — at least publicly — on the issue of water in the three months lawmakers have been in session.
Apr. 6, 2018
Water storage on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon has finally reached sustainable levels, after weeks of pipeline breaks and water restrictions.
Apr. 5, 2018
Monarch butterfly populations are declining and the feds are evaluating whether the insects need some kind of federal protection. The U.S. Agriculture Department is also trying to help conserve the monarchs. Here to talk about all of this is Gail Morris, the coordinator of the Arizona-based Southwest Monarch Study.
Apr. 4, 2018
On Tuesday, two clean energy candidates were elected to the board of SRP, the municipal water and power utility that serves more than 1 million Arizonans.
Apr. 4, 2018
In 1991, the Stockholm International Water Institute began giving the Stockholm Water Prize on an annual basis. It’s generally intended to recognize “outstanding achievements in water-related activities.” And this year, an ASU professor is sharing the prize with a scientist from the Netherlands.
Apr. 3, 2018
Californians Are Back To Using About As Much Water As Before Drought
Since Gov. Jerry Brown called off California's drought emergency a year ago, we Californians seem to have gotten a little lazy when it comes to water conservation.
Apr. 3, 2018
A federal judge has rejected provisions in a 2015 federal management rule that unlawfully imposed roadblocks to recovery of the endangered Mexican wolf.
Apr. 2, 2018
When A Drought Lasts 18 Years, Does It Need A New Name?
From the roof of Chuck McAfee’s adobe farmhouse in rural southwestern Colorado, you can see into three other states: Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. Mountain peaks are just barely visible above the horizon.
Apr. 2, 2018
New research says the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” is bigger than previously thought.
Mar. 30, 2018

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