Arizona Sustainability News


How bad is the Western megadrought? Scientists look to tree rings
Dendrochronologists found that high temperatures in the 21st century make the current drought unprecedented compared to other dry periods around the Colorado River across the past 500 years.
How bad is the Western megadrought? Scientists look to tree rings
Dendrochronologists found that high temperatures in the 21st century make the current drought unprecedented compared to other dry periods around the Colorado River across the past 500 years.
Feb. 28, 2024
Arizona Game and Fish warns humans to respect bald eagle nesting areas
Bald eagle nestwatchers in Arizona have reported people flying drones too close and hiking into nesting areas. The Arizona Game and Fish Department says anyone who witnesses bald eagle harassment should contact the agency.
Feb. 27, 2024
Large water users in Phoenix could face new requirements
The city has about 20 customers identified as large water users. They include resorts, hospitals, bottling plants and government entities. But a proposed ordinance would exempt current large water users and focus only on new users.
Feb. 22, 2024
More than 100 saguaros were transplanted in Trumps rush to build border wall. Many have died
Saguaro cactuses typically endure in the Sonoran Desert for 150 to 200 years — unless their lifespan is cut short. A recent government report found that in the rush to put up a border wall, that’s exactly what happened.
More Arizona politics news
Feb. 14, 2024
Auditor blasts AZ Land Department over Saudi-owned farm
Arizona’s Auditor General has released a scathing report, criticizing the State Land Department for leasing land to a Saudi-owned company in western Arizona at cheap rates.
Feb. 23, 2024
Native American tribes gain new authority to stop unwanted hydropower projects
Federal regulators have granted Native American tribes more power to block hydropower projects on their land after a flurry of applications were filed to expand renewable energy in the water-scarce U.S. Southwest.
Feb. 23, 2024
In $100M Colorado River deal, water and power collide
The Colorado River District, a taxpayer-funded agency founded to keep water flowing to the cities and farms of Western Colorado, is poised to spend nearly $100 million on rights to the water that flows through the Shoshone facility.
Feb. 14, 2024
Center teaches Indigenous agriculture practices
The Ajo Center for Sustainable Agriculture's program trains three to five aspiring farmers each cycle in Ajo and on the Tohono O’odham Nation
Feb. 13, 2024
4.8M acres of federal land in AZ could be available for solar development
In Arizona, the Bureau of Land Management’s updated Western Solar Plan plan lists around 4.8 million acres as potentially available and more than 7.2 million acres as not suitable for solar.
Feb. 15, 2024
How hosting  NCAA Final Four will impact Phoenix hotels, sustainability
Preparations are underway for the Valley to host the NCAA Men’s Final Four. The local organizing committee expects Phoenix hotels to book 22,658 room nights with an average daily rate of $359.
Feb. 14, 2024
Above-average snowpack in Salt River watershed
SRP reports snowpack in the Salt River watershed is now above-average, which will mean another year of healthy reservoir levels.
Feb. 14, 2024
People in this town say a new clean energy project will drain their wells
The Show spoke with Arizona Republic reporter Brandon Loomis about a Californian company that in Brenda, Arizona, that is asking the federal government to let it use groundwater from a stressed basin to create a clean energy fuel.
Feb. 13, 2024
Colorado River managers propose plan to protect Grand Canyon fish, but some say it
Federal water managers proposed a new plan to protect native fish species in the Grand Canyon, but conservation groups say it doesn’t go far enough.
Feb. 12, 2024
Arizona Republicans sue Biden administration over Grand Canyon monument designation
Calling it an unlawful "land grab,'' the top Arizona legislative Republicans filed suit Monday against President Joe Biden over his decision last year to designate nearly 1 million acres of federal land near the Grand Canyon as a national monument.
Feb. 12, 2024
Forest Service is considering new restrictions on rock climbing anchors in wilderness areas
The Climbing Association of Southern Arizona is one of several groups speaking out against a November draft policy from the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service that could prohibit anchor bolts in wilderness areas.
Feb. 8, 2024
Phoenix Open calls itself zero waste event
The WM Phoenix Open bills itself as one of the most sustainable in sports for its "zero-waste" edict. But watering all that grass during a Western mega-drought has been a challenge that all Arizona golf courses are facing.
Feb. 9, 2024
Phoenix leaders approve up to $14M for trees and shade
The Phoenix City Council unanimously approved up to $14 million to add trees and shade over five years. The bulk of money will come from the federal government in two ways: the American Rescue Plan Act and the Inflation Reduction Act. Both prioritize investments in public safety and neighborhood equity.
Feb. 7, 2024
Conservation group confirms 2 jaguar sightings in southern Arizona mountains
A conservation group with cameras set up along the U.S.-Mexico borderlands say they’ve confirmed new jaguar sightings there — marking the latest in a handful of sightings over the last few years.
Feb. 6, 2024
Cattle are a part of Arizonas history. Climate change, overgrazing cloud their future
Cattle ranching helped shape rural Arizona into what it is today. Researchers say that cattle have emerged as a major driver of climate change. Conservationists say it’s time to re-examine grazing on public lands.
Jan. 31, 2024
ASU to lead first-of-its-kind innovation engine to confront climate change
Arizona State University will lead the new Southwest Sustainability Innovation Engine, a multi-institutional effort to research and invent technologies that confront regional climate change and spur economic development.
Feb. 1, 2024