Arizona Sustainability News


This professor says Yosemite is an example of how to use fire effectively
As Arizona is facing more wildfires than usual, The Show sat down with Steve Pyne to talk about how Yosemite National Park uses fire effectively.
More snowmelt staying in storage helps reduce Colorado River water worries
The vast majority of water that supplies 40 million people from Wyoming to Mexico starts as snow in the Rocky Mountains. New data shows how much of that snow is staying in storage and easing anxiety for cities and farms across the Southwest.
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May. 24, 2024
While evidence is anecdotal, beekeepers and others say local Arizona honey helps allergies
When it comes to eating honey for allergies, the evidence that it works is largely anecdotal, but beekeepers and experts agree that local honey is both tastier and healthier than honey at the supermarket.
May. 22, 2024
1st solar panels installed over the Casa Blanca canal
Last year, the Gila River Indian Community and US Army Corps of engineers agreed to place solar panels over the Casa Blanca canal. This week, officials gathered to celebrate the installment of some of the first.
May. 24, 2024
Senate committee approves northern Arizona flood and drought resilience projects
A key U.S. Senate committee has unanimously approved a broad set of initiatives to help shore up flood and drought resistance in northern Arizona as part of a larger water bill.
May. 24, 2024
Study: Invasive plants are making wildfires worse
A new study found that an increase in non-native vegetation like red brome, stinknet and buffelgrass has led to bigger and more persistent fires in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert.
May. 22, 2024
SRP, ASU collaboration gauges benefits of forest thinning
Salt River Project and Arizona State University have come up with a new way to estimate the watershed benefits of forest thinning. Early results show thinning forests creates better moisture in the soil and more surface runoff.
May. 21, 2024
Why GM Cruise autonomous vehicles picked Phoenix to restart operations
General Motors’ Cruise autonomous vehicles are starting to test their technology on Valley roadways. The Show talks autonomous vehicles with Andrew Hawkins, transportation editor at The Verge.
May. 20, 2024
AZ residents are fighting the SunZia project. Heres why
Wyatt Myskow covers environmental news in the Western U.S. from Phoenix as the Roy W. Howard investigative fellow, and has been following this story. He joined The Show to talk more about the project and why some Arizona residents continue to try to challenge it.
May. 16, 2024
Scottsdale’s rebate program encourages grass, pool and spa removals
Scottsdale is offering money to residents and businesses to remove grass, pools and spas.
May. 14, 2024
There are concerns about the future of hydropower in the U.S. Heres why
The ongoing drought across the western United States has led to concerns about the future of hydropower. As reservoirs see water levels drop, officials worry about electricity generation being reduced, as well.
May. 8, 2024
Pima County leaders seek federal help for a new urban wildlife refuge on Santa Cruz River
Local leaders and community groups in Pima County are asking for federal help to set up a new wildlife refuge along the Santa Cruz River. It’s a tributary of the Gila River that runs through southern Arizona and across the border into Mexico.
May. 6, 2024
Allhands: New proposal could help metro Phoenix cities wean off groundwater
Joanna Allhands is an opinion columnist at The Arizona Republic, and she joined The Show to talk about an option that isn't groundwater for the communities on the outer reaches of metro Phoenix.
May. 6, 2024
The groundwater supply in Cochise County is shrinking. Efforts to stop it havent worked well
Brendon Derr, a reporter with the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting, joined The Show to talk more about the Douglas Groundwater Basin in Cochise County.
May. 6, 2024
ASU students travel to Ethiopia to address plastic pollution problem
During a two-week trip to Ethiopia, several Arizona State University students will tackle the issue of plastic pollution affecting the country’s Simien Mountains National Park. A partnership with the Addis Ababa Institute of Technology assists students with building and fabricating machinery in order to recycle.
May. 4, 2024
TSMC factory construction is displacing native Arizona plants. This company saves them
Native Resources International works to save native plants displaced by construction of TSMC's new plants in metro Phoenix.
May. 2, 2024
APS to shut off power in some rural Arizona areas when weather might cause wildfires
Users who could be impacted will be notified when weather could damage power lines, which could lead to wildfires.
May. 2, 2024
Its been a good year for Colorado River snowmelt. But dry soil, high temperatures could erase gains
Water managers from across the West are turning their eyes to those high-alpine climes to get a sense of summertime water supply for cities and farms across the region.
Apr. 29, 2024
Federal energy regulators reject hydro-storage project on Navajo Nation
Federal energy regulators have denied a key permit for a proposed hydro-storage project on the Navajo Nation. The controversial plan was slated for an environmentally and culturally sensitive area near the Little Colorado River.
Apr. 26, 2024
You cant call 811 before digging on the Navajo Nation. That may change after Shiprock oil spill
Back in December, a severe spill of crude oil on the Navajo Nation contaminated the land. Remediation efforts are still underway, but this accident has a silver lining, one that may facilitate faster emergency responses on the largest reservation in the U.S.
Apr. 25, 2024
Report: Phoenix continues to have among worst air quality
In the American Lung Association’s latest State of the Air report, the city ranks fifth in ozone pollution and ninth worst for year-round particle pollution.
Apr. 25, 2024