Sustainability News

The Drought Contingency Plan, approved by lawmakers and signed by Gov. Doug Ducey in January, could be in trouble.
Feb. 15, 2019
The public comment period is now open for the revised “Waters of the United States” rule.
Feb. 14, 2019
Environmental groups plan to sue Peabody Energy for failing to notify the federal government that the Kayenya coal mine may close before the end of its operating permit.
Feb. 14, 2019
Phoenix could follow in Tempe’s footsteps when it comes to wild pigeons. The city is working on an ordinance to address pigeon nuisances.
Feb. 14, 2019
A new poll out Thursday morning finds the majority of Arizonans support the state promoting clean energy sources, more infrastructure for electric vehicles and more renewable energy offerings from utilities. This survey comes from the Arizona Public Interest Research Group Education Fund.
Feb. 14, 2019
There’s a huge variety of fruits and vegetables that we have access to, almost year-round. But how long have those crops been around? And how many specific kinds of crops have we actually lost over the generations?
Feb. 13, 2019
Beetles Vs. Birds: When Fighting Nature With Nature Backfires
Fighting nature with nature seems like a good idea – unless nature doesn’t care about geography. The effects of a federal decision made 20 years ago to use Asian beetles to slow the spread of an invasive shrub across the West are reducing nesting habitat for an endangered songbird – the southwestern willow flycatcher.
Feb. 13, 2019
The United States Department of Agriculture's annual summary showed that in 2018 Arizona crop production fell across the board, except for lemons.
Feb. 12, 2019
The southwestern part of the country is in the midst of a two decade drought, and a recent polar vortex hit the Midwest, leading to wind chill of close to 60 degrees below zero.In addition to science, what approach could help fix — or at least understand — what’s happening?
Feb. 12, 2019
As climate change threatens species around the globe, there is a different kind of zoo in San Diego that’s aiming to bring some endangered species back. The San Diego Zoo’s frozen zoo is the largest animal cryobank.
Feb. 11, 2019
Just south of the Arizona border, big game hunting is big business. Every winter, thousands of foreign hunters - most from the United States - flock to the state for its trophy deer, bighorn sheep, game birds and other species. Some say hunting policies have also been a boon to conservation efforts.
More Stories From Hermosillo
Feb. 11, 2019
Every winter, around 1.5 million honeybee colonies from all over the U.S. are shipped to California to pollinate almond trees. But in 2014, 80,000 of these colonies suffered death and deformity. A new study offers a possible explanation.
Feb. 11, 2019
Low-lying vegetation in 35-thousand acres of land in Cochise County are expected to be burned in the next year. Burning the fuel in a controlled manner prevents wildfires from spreading, if they were to start in the forest.
Feb. 10, 2019
There appears to be concern among a number of groups that the Trump administration might be looking to change a section of the Clean Water Act that gives states say over certain projects.
Feb. 8, 2019
States that rely on the Colorado River for their water supplies are currently unable to finish a series of agreements that would keep its biggest reservoirs, Lake Mead and Lake Powell, from dropping to levels not seen since they were filled decades ago.
Feb. 7, 2019
Dolphinaris Arizona will close starting this weekend, for an unspecified amount of time. The facility is bringing in outside experts to investigate why four dolphins have died there since 2017. Protesters like Danielle Riley say want to see the attraction close permanently.
Feb. 7, 2019
Much of the U.S. was warmer than usual, especially west of the Rocky Mountains.
Feb. 6, 2019
The Pulse: Why Opposition To GMOs Is A First World Privilege
Mehta had heard that GMOs were controversial in Europe and the U.S. But it wasn’t until he arrived in Zurich that he discovered just how controversial they were.
Feb. 5, 2019
Oak Creek rose from about 3 feet to more than 10 feet after a storm system passed through over the weekend. Rain and melting snowfall contributed to the flooding. More rain, as well as snowfall in higher elevations, is expected before Wednesday.
Feb. 4, 2019
On Thursday, Gov. Doug Ducey signed Arizona’s Drought Contingency Plan, hours ahead of a federally-imposed deadline. But the Bureau of Reclamation asked states for input on potential water cutbacks they could have to make, saying “close isn’t done.”
Feb. 4, 2019

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