Water is a rising concern for many companies. Intel, which has about 10,000 employees in Arizona, announced a water restoration goal last year: to restore 100 percent of its direct global water use by 2025. The company said it already restores about 80 percent, and it’s funding projects to make up for that final 20 percent.
Leaders are considering the first update to K-12 science standards in 13 years. The years-long process has recently been mired in controversy.
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Hopi tribal officials are calling on the federal government to explore other options for the Navajo Generating Station near Page.
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This week, meetings will be held in Britain to review the way the country recycles plastic. That follows an investigation by the BBC that found councils across the UK have nearly 40 different sets of rules for recycling plastic.
Elemental: Covering Sustainability

A multimedia collaboration between public radio and public television stations in Colorado, Arizona and California.

Water thieves of the West take notice: this sheriff’s deputy is watching

MONTEZUMA COUNTY, Colorado – One Sunday morning several years ago Dave Huhn got a call. He’s usually off work that day, but it was the height of irrigation season and decided to answer. The woman on the other end was frantic, screaming as she watched her 82-year-old husband from the window. Their 86-year-old neighbor was ...

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Intel promises to restore 100 percent of its water use. What does that mean?

PHOENIX – You may be familiar with carbon offsets, where companies or schools try to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in one area to make up for emissions elsewhere. More and more, corporations are also trying to offset the water they use. Intel, for one, announced a water restoration goal last year: to restore a hundred ...

Partnership between barley farmers and beer makers saves water

CAMP VERDE – Zach Hauser, like many farmers in the Verde Valley, takes pride in his land and the crops he grows. Normally this time of year, rows of corn, alfalfa, carrots and watermelon would cover his acreage. But today, two sections of his property look like a farmer’s worst nightmare: fallow land strewn with ...

Art installation highlights plastic bottle use

CULVER CITY, California – Ever wonder how many recyclable bottles and cans you consume every year, or what it might look like if you tossed them all into one big pile? The Container Recycling Institute (CRI), based in Culver City, California, took the latest statistics on how many beverages people buy in plastic bottles, aluminum ...

Helium producer leases land near Petrified Forest in Arizona, concerning environmentalists

PHOENIX – A Canadian energy company will add to its helium operation with more than 3,000 acres of newly leased federal land near Petrified Forest National Park in northeastern Arizona. But an environmental group and Arizona U.S. Rep. Tom O’Halleran worry that operations could threaten key water sources and at least two endangered species. Desert ...

Questions about Navajo Generating Station’s future lead to more protests

UPDATE: On Friday, September 21, investors that had expressed interest in taking over the west’s largest coal fired power plant, the Navajo Generating Station, have ended their efforts to acquire it, according to the Fronteras Desk’s Laurel Morales. New York-based Avenue Capital and Chicago-based Middle River Power, showed initial interest, but ultimately said they could ...

Caltech scientist uses drones to herd birds away from airplanes

LOS ANGELES – The danger birds pose to airplanes is no joke. In the past four years just at Los Angeles International Airport, birds and other wildlife hit aircraft more than 500 times, according to Federal Aviation Administration data. At Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, wildlife hit aircraft more than 230 times from August 2014 ...

China ups ante in trade war, imposes tariff that could doom U.S. paper recycling

PHOENIX – Most of the headlines from the trade war between China and the United States have focused on tariffs on aluminum and steel, but China also has placed a levy on recycled paper pulp. While not as well known, the tariff could bankrupt an already taxed recycling industry in the United States. China’s latest ...

Los Angeles seeks sustainable solutions for homeless

LOS ANGELES – About 60,000 people are homeless in LA. Experts say it’s the worst city in the nation when it comes to homelessness. LA Mayor Eric Garcetti has declared homelessness in this city a state of emergency. Garcetti says providing sustainable housing is the best solution. “Housing to me is the prism through which ...

From neon orange to chocolate brown: The West’s unluckiest river takes a beating

DURANGO, Colo. – In early August 2015, Barb Horn stood on a bank of the Animas River, waiting for mine waste spilled upstream to reach the city. She and hundreds of others waited hours for the waste plume to appear, but darkness fell. The next morning, she saw the change. “It was absolutely surreal,” Horn ...