Sustainability News

Nearly half of the thousands of languages around the world are disappearing. And many of those are indigenous languages. Rosalyn LaPier argues the loss of these languages means more than just losing the language itself — we lose something important about our understanding of the natural world.
Oct. 16, 2018
Why Do We Keep Building Houses In Places That Burn Down?
It’s a real estate paradox: the most desirable places to live are also among the most susceptible to wildfires. Mansions in the Santa Monica Mountains, tiny cabins tucked into the Angeles National Forest, and houses at the very edge of subdivisions are all beautiful because they’re surrounded by undeveloped land. But what makes them beautiful is also what makes them dangerous.
Oct. 15, 2018
A low-pressure system stalled out over Arizona promises more rain. Meanwhile, California is under extreme fire danger due to very little rain.
Oct. 15, 2018
Saturday’s rainfall helped make this one of the wettest Octobers on record according to the National Weather Service. The next rainiest October on record was in 1972.
Oct. 15, 2018
Supporters and opponents of a measure to increase the amount of renewable energy Arizona uses have spent millions and millions of dollars to try to influence your vote. It’s nearly impossible to watch TV for even a few minutes and not see an ad for or against Proposition 127.
Oct. 15, 2018
The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management has awarded more than $1 million to several entities across the state. The money will go toward keeping public lands healthy and reducing the risk of wildfire.
Oct. 12, 2018
The case will determine who has rights to water from the Little Colorado River basin. The claims number in the thousands and likely exceed the water available.
Oct. 12, 2018
Over 1,000 acres of land in Pima county have been acquired by the Phoenix Zoo and the Arizona Center for Nature Conservation to create a wildlife conservation center.
Oct. 11, 2018
U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has approved a 20-year ban on new mining claims in Montana near Yellowstone National Park.
Oct. 11, 2018
There have been a number of efforts in Arizona — including at the ballot box — to give the state increased control over certain lands and environmental measures.
Oct. 11, 2018
Drought talks in Arizona continue. Earlier this week, the federal government released draft documents on a plan for Lake Mead and Lake Powell.
Oct. 11, 2018
Backers funding the Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona ad campaign are spending more than $3.6 million on advertising aimed at promoting Proposition 127 and defeating Attorney General Mark Brnovich.
Oct. 11, 2018
Seven Southwestern U.S. states that depend on the overtaxed Colorado River have reached landmark agreements on how to manage the waterway amid an unprecedented drought, including a commitment by California to bear part of the burden before it is legally required to do so, officials said Tuesday.
Oct. 10, 2018
Arizona had its warmest September ever recorded, with temperatures reaching 119 degrees in parts of the state.
Oct. 9, 2018
The United Nations’ scientific panel on climate change issued an alarming report on Monday that holds some dire warnings for our planet’s future if we don’t drastically change course.
Oct. 9, 2018
The United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has released its report on global warming and global temperatures are likely to increase 1.5 degrees Celsius between 2030 and 2052 if carbon dioxide emissions continue to increase at the current rate.
Oct. 8, 2018
The U.S. — and Arizona, more specifically — has countless environmental challenges, including keeping our air and water clean, ensuring that we have enough water, loss of certain species and food scarcity.
Oct. 8, 2018
Lake Mead's water level is dropping due to over-allocation and drought. At the same time, water security for major Arizona cities relies, in part, on their place at the front of the line for Colorado River water — a position they want to protect.
PART 1: Pinal County Farmers Resist Abrupt Cutoff Of Colorado River Water
Oct. 8, 2018
Arizona is in the midst of critical negotiations over water. The Colorado River will quite possibly be “in shortage” in 2020. To enter an agreement with the other river basin states, powerful groups within Arizona need to figure out who gets cut and how.
PART 2: Phoenix Prepares For The Worst Amid Looming Colorado River Shortage
Oct. 5, 2018
Flooding from Hurricane Florence sent toxic coal ash into nearby rivers. While it’s not yet clear what the ultimate impact of that will be, Brian Gerber and Melanie Gall argue environmental regulations play a key role in disaster preparedness.
Oct. 2, 2018

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