Arizona Sustainability News


How far will $1B go in securing Arizonas water future?
The state is setting aside more than $1 billion to try and secure Arizona’s water future. And Kathryn Sorensen, director of research at the Kyl Center for Water Policy, supports the measure.
8 hours ago
Cloud seeding set to start in three Mexican states
A 2020 National Science Foundation-funded study found that cloud seeding can generate precipitation, but other researchers are skeptical that cloud seeding can address the impacts of drought and climate change.
Jun. 27, 2022
Deepening fissures define rural southern Arizona’s fight over groundwater rules
Cities and agriculture across the West put intense pressure on groundwater supplies. In some regions, there are few rules governing how and when people can pump. That’s true in rural Southern Arizona, where residents are seeing their wells dry up as big farms move in.
Jun. 27, 2022
How electrocuted birds cause wildfires
Uncontrolled wildfires are growing more frequent across western North America due to climate change, wildfire suppression, harmful insects and invasive grasses. Now, the authors of a study in the journal Wildlife Society Bulletin have added another culprit to that list: birds.
Jun. 23, 2022
Phoenix wants 280K electric vehicles on streets by 2030
The Phoenix City Council approved a roadmap to get 280,000 electrical vehicles on city streets by 2030.
Jun. 24, 2022
How changes to school lunch menus could help the planet
The $14 billion National School Lunch Program provides midday meals to nearly 40% of U.S. children each day. A new study looks at the environmental impacts of these lunches, and how shifting the menu could help.
Jun. 24, 2022
Court rules that mine can be built on sacred Apache land
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Friday ruled that Canadian-based Resolute Mining Company can build a copper mine on sacred Native American land east of Phoenix.
Jun. 25, 2022
Senate committee OKs $1 billion to secure water resources
An Arizona Senate committee approved a plan to provide $1 billion over the next three years to revamp the Water Infrastructure Finance Authority.
Jun. 24, 2022
Scottsdale police accept campaign signs for target practice
The Scottsdale Police Department accepts campaign signs donated by candidates for use as target practice.
Jun. 20, 2022
Some dams might worsen flooding
Dams serve a variety of purposes, from energy generation to flood control. But new research on China’s Yellow River suggests dams actually can raise flood risk by altering the makeup and structure of lowland riverbeds.
Jun. 17, 2022
Glendale ramps up water conservation efforts
Glendale has become the latest Arizona city to enter into stage one of a water restriction plan, in response to the historic drought in the southwest. Glendale joins a large portion of the Phoenix metropolitan area, as well as Tucson, in initiating a drought plan.
Jun. 18, 2022
How effective are cooling centers in Maricopa and Yuma counties?
Each year, heat-related illnesses send more than 67,000 people nationwide to the hospital and kill more than 700. As climate change brings longer, stronger and more frequent heat waves, a new study looks at the effectiveness of cooling centers in Maricopa and Yuma counties.
Jun. 16, 2022
AZ wind and solar projects found to steer clear of bird and bat mortality
Renewable energy is considered critical in the effort to reduce impacts of climate change, but large wind and solar projects can also have environmental consequences.
Jun. 14, 2022
Interior Dept. to look for ways to reduce single-use plastic on public lands
Last week, Secretary of Interior Deb Haaland announced that her department would look for ways to phase out single-use plastics on public lands by 2032.
Jun. 13, 2022
Phoenix looking for water conservation volunteers
Phoenix is looking for volunteers to spread the word about conservation through its Water Wrangler program.
Jun. 3, 2022
Why most Phoenix trash customers will get new collection days
Phoenix plans to change its trash collection routes, and about 80% of customers will be impacted. The city has added about 27,000 houses since it last updated the routes in 2009.
Jun. 3, 2022
Colorado, Utah and Wyoming could be as dry as AZ in the future
A new study finds that the upper Colorado River basin is drying out due to climate change. This means in the future, parts of Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming could more closely resemble Arizona.
Jun. 4, 2022
Shipping containers become new downtown apartments
A new apartment complex made of shipping containers opened up in downtown Phoenix. The builder says the 18-unit apartment building on Third and McKinley streets is the largest of its kind in all of North America.
Jun. 3, 2022
Scottsdales general plan includes focus on sustainability
Last November, voters in Scottsdale updated the city's general plan. One key element in it focuses on sustainability.
Jun. 3, 2022
Why Phoenix may need to look to Las Vegas years of water conservation
A couple of decades ago, Las Vegas implemented changes to how households were able to use water. The Show spoke with the Southern Nevada Water Authority to learn what changes Arizonans can expect as the drought continues.
Jun. 1, 2022
Why farms are falling behind on autonomous technology
There is an ongoing shortage of farm workers in the U.S. Why one professor thinks autonomous technology could help.
May. 24, 2022