Trees can provide relief from the heat during the summer months, but ASU researchers say that other forms of shade can also be effective. The findings can have benefits for city planners looking to offset the heat island effect.
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Arizona has a groundwater problem. Outlined in a new report, called “The Myth of Safe Yield,” the authors note that if we could see our groundwater aquifers underground, many would look like the images we’ve seen of Lake Mead, with its bathtub ring indicating falling water levels. → More Arizona Science News
Coral reefs are under serious threat from climate change as more are bleached as the oceans warm. Located in Hawaii, ASU’s Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science is working to stop climate change from destroying this crucial ocean habitat.
There is increasing demand in the United States for Mexican agave distillates — or mezcales — like the Sonoran spirit bacanora. But as production increases, so do concerns about the scarcity of agave plants, and what that means for migratory animals that feed on them. → More News From The Fronteras Desk
The Arthur L. and Elaine V. Johnson Conservation Center at the Phoenix Zoo has announced the birth of a bumper crop of 21 black-footed ferrets. The animals are one of North America’s most endangered species.
Parks in the Valley’s biggest cities rank among the lowest when it comes to a ratings system from the Trust for Public Land, a national nonprofit that annually evaluates the largest 100 cities across the United States. → More Arizona Business News
The Arizona Corporation Commission reversed course May 26 and adopted — preliminarily, at least — clean energy mandates that require electric companies to get all of their electricity from carbon-free sources like solar, wind and nuclear power plants by 2070.
The Arizona Legislature wants to look into the feasibility of pumping water from the Mississippi River to Arizona. But the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has already studied the idea, and weighed in on the project in 2012.
Fast fashion is known to be unsustainable and detrimental to the environment. Armed with this knowledge, Arizona State University fashion graduate Remington Reble is exploring a truly green alternative: cactus leather.
If Phoenix's vice mayor gets his way, some residents might see a city version of a stimulus check.
During Tuesday’s Phoenix City Council meeting, members discussed ways to spend $396 million from the American Rescue Plan. The city expects to get its first $198 million payment from the federal government any day. A second installment of $198 million will come one year later.
In March, Intel announced a $20 billion factory expansion in Chandler, and Taiwan Semiconductor is building a new plant in Phoenix. One listener wondered why so many companies bring such a water-intensive process to drought-stricken Arizona. → More Q&AZ Questions Answered
In her new book "Wildlife As Property Owners: A New Conception of Animal Rights," Arizona State University law professor Karen Bradshaw explores how the situation would be different — and she argues, better — if animals had some legal claims to the land they live on.
Resolution Copper wants to build a copper mine in that part of the Tonto National Forest that would become one of the largest in the country. They say it would provide more than 1,000 jobs to a part of the state that needs them, but conservationists and American Indian tribes say it will irreparably harm the environment there.