Sustainability News

A variety of questions related to climate change have been posed for nearly a century, though intense controversy regarding whether it’s created by humans was sparked much more recently.
Jul. 20, 2018
In an abrupt reversal, the Pentagon said Thursday it supports a Republican proposal in a defense policy bill that would bar the Fish and Wildlife Service from using the Endangered Species Act to protect two chicken-like birds in the western half of the U.S.
Jul. 20, 2018
Phoenix may be the first U.S. city to build a mill to remanufacture plastic containers. It’s an effort to clean up one part of a global trash problem that’s been mounting for decades — and is only getting worse.
China’s Policy Shift Forces Flagstaff To Scrap Recycling Efforts
Jul. 20, 2018
A new study is finding that ozone concentrations in national parks are similar to those of our country's major metropolitan areas. Researchers found that on days with higher ozone levels, visitor numbers dropped.
Jul. 19, 2018
A ballot measure that would require half of Arizona’s energy to come from renewable sources like solar and wind could be in jeopardy.
Jul. 19, 2018
Climate has always been one of Arizona’s selling points, but this time of year, it can feel like more of a downside. There are efforts to deal with the heat and, in some cases, reverse the warming trends.
Jul. 19, 2018
Campaign finance reports show the parent company of the state’s biggest utility has already set aside almost $11 million to spend on elections this year. Most of that is being allocated to defeat a ballot measure that’d require more than half the state’s energy to come from renewable sources by 2030.
Jul. 18, 2018
Texas-based Phillips 66 is venturing into Mexico with three new gas stations in Hermosillo, Sonora. The company hopes to expand to as many as 30 stations in Sonora this year.
Jul. 18, 2018
A new report shows Arizona is generating a lot more renewable energy than it did a decade ago. In fact, the state could power 658,000 homes today using renewables. In addition to that, California is the only state growing in solar generation at a faster rate than Arizona.
Jul. 17, 2018
An Ode To The Modern Toilet, A Water Conservation Champ
Since the 1990s, a strange phenomenon has played out in arid Western urban areas. Populations are booming while overall water use is staying the same or going down. The trend is clear in Denver, Albuquerque, Las Vegas, San Diego and Phoenix — cities are growing and using less water in the process.
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Jul. 17, 2018
Two companies building one of the largest solar arrays in Latin America in Sonora recently secured financing for the project. In February, the Spanish firm Acciona and Mexican firm Tuto Energy began construction of the facility near Puerto Libertad, Sonora.
Jul. 16, 2018
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has allocated $4 million to western states to combat the spread of invasive quagga and zebra mussels.
Jul. 16, 2018
The board of directors for the Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District voted to take the first step in adopting a fallowing program for its farmers. The unanimous vote last week could lead to the transfer of water from the Colorado River to other southwestern states as well as towns in central Arizona.
Jul. 16, 2018
In The Desert City Of Tucson, The Grass Is Not Greener
Tucson, Arizona, used to be a city of lawns. Patches of Bermuda grass lined residential neighborhoods, kept green — even in blazing summer months — with diligent watering. Over the decades, that has changed.
Jul. 16, 2018
The Arizona Game and Fish Department has received a flood of calls about bears in urban areas, with more than 200 bear-related calls last month alone.
Jul. 15, 2018
Starting Monday, fire specialists will start five days of prescribed burns north of Payson.
Jul. 15, 2018
Arizona water leaders are working on a drought contingency plan to present to lawmakers next year, and there’s been a lot of talk about the potential of a shortage declaration on Lake Mead, which would trigger water cut-backs.
Jul. 13, 2018
Phoenix is among 35 cities participating in a national competition with a lot of money on the line. Bloomberg Philanthropies will award one city 5 million dollars. Four other cities will each get one million.
Jul. 12, 2018
Gilbert is one step closer to securing a new water supply for the town. A deal with the San Carlos Apache Tribe was first brokered in 2010, but federal agencies delayed the lease until now.
Jul. 11, 2018
Once a wildfire is contained, one of the biggest efforts is to re-vegetate the area that was burned. Researchers at Northern Arizona University have received a nearly $1 million federal grant to look at how climate change may affect that work.
Jul. 11, 2018

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