Sustainability News

Scottsdale Turns Recycled Water Into Drinking Water
As of last month, Scottsdale’s Advanced Water Treatment Plant at the city’s water campus in North Scottsdale got permission to do something no other Arizona city can do: turn recycled water into drinking water.
Oct. 21, 2019
Water Talks Continue For Pinal-Area Stakeholders
They will discuss how to deal with a projected groundwater shortfall.
Oct. 21, 2019
Avondale Wants Residents To Produce Less Waste
Avondale is launching a campaign called One-Less to encourage and inform residents about producing less waste. The city is trying to spread awareness to the community and limit contribution to landfills.
Oct. 20, 2019
AZ Bird Species Are Under Threat From Climate Change
Nearly half of Arizona’s bird species are vulnerable to one model of climate change according to a new analysis from the Audubon Society, which also found two-thirds of North American bird species are also threatened by climate change.
Oct. 18, 2019
Fans May Not Always Be Helpful In The Arizona Heat
More than 40 people died indoors in Maricopa County last year from heat-related causes. Most had electricity but did not have functioning air conditioners.
Oct. 17, 2019
Report: Water Replenishment Program Faces Uncertainty
It has allowed developers to grow subdivisions since the early 1990s. A key water management tool that enables housing development in central Arizona does not have a rosy future. That’s a key finding of a new report from Arizona State University.
Oct. 17, 2019
Lawmaker: Ducey Must Lead On Pinal County Water Crisis
Prescott Republican Rep. Noel Campbell is at odds with other lawmakers and the executive branch when it comes to a plan to solve a water crisis in the Pinal County region.
Oct. 15, 2019
Video Shows Saguaro Bulldozed To Build The Border Wall
As border wall construction commenced in areas of southern Arizona, environmental groups have been keeping a close watch. Even though it was informal, that included what Kevin Dahl saw and shot in a video: the bulldozing of healthy Saguaro cacti.
Oct. 15, 2019
Pinal Farmers Cry Out Against Developments That Pull Water
Pinal County ranks first in the state for cotton, barley and livestock production, according to the Arizona Farm Bureau, among other notable products, but water supplies are also on demand from new developments in the area, and farmers who have held claims for decades are crying foul.
Oct. 15, 2019
Ripples Felt As The Navajo Generating Station Closes
The Navajo Generating Station is shutting down, creating a ripple effect across the region, from the families left searching for jobs to the Grand Canyon where its absence may mean improvements to air quality. Utility reporter Ryan Randazzo has been covering the generating station and what will be left in its wake.
Oct. 15, 2019
Controversial BLM Head Addresses Environmental Journalists
The acting head of the Bureau of Land Management, recently reappointed, has been a controversial choice to lead the agency.
Oct. 14, 2019
Dropping Water Levels In San Pedro River Sparks Concern
The San Pedro River originates around ten miles south of the U.S.-Mexico border and is the last free-flowing river in the American Southwest. Its preservation has been considered vital over the past few decades, but as more people move nearby, there are increasing worries about the San Pedro’s future.
Oct. 14, 2019
Higher-Density Housing Leads To Lower Water Use
How a city is built strongly influences how much water that city uses. That’s among the findings of new research which looked at the relationship between a built environment and water usage.
Oct. 14, 2019
Predicting How Forests Will Respond To Climate Change
University of Arizona biology professor Brian Enquist is investigating how changes in global temperature will affect our forests. His study group is connecting with other researchers around the world to make detailed measurements of trees and soils to predict the impact of climate change on the Earth's ecosystems.
Oct. 14, 2019
Study Found Plastic In Stomachs Of 20% Of Tested Mexican Fish
A study conducted by Mexican researchers and international conservation groups has found microplastic in the stomachs of 20 percent of fish tested at three Mexican ports, including one in the Sea of Cortez.
Oct. 14, 2019
Environmental, Economic Concerns Over Proposed Arizona Interstate 11
A proposed new highway from Nogales to Wickenburg — and eventually beyond to Kingman — has united a Republican legislator and environmental interests in opposition, albeit for different reasons.
Oct. 14, 2019
Climate change has been called the new normal. But residents in some parts of the Southwest say after living through the last two years, there’s nothing normal about it.
Oct. 14, 2019
Pinal County Faces 100-Year Water Shortage
New projections by the Arizona Department of Water Resources predict a dire water shortfall for the Pinal County region in the next 100 years.
Oct. 12, 2019
Climate Change Is Hurting Arizona Trees
Trees in Arizona and other areas of the West have been hit hard many factors including wildfires and the bark beetle. Now, new research indicates that climate change in the form of extreme and inconsistent precipitation totals is also hurting some tree species.
Oct. 11, 2019
NTEC Criticized For A Lack Of Renewable Investments
The Navajo Transitional Energy Company — or NTEC — purchased three bankrupt coal mines in Wyoming and Montana this week. It’s a move that’s been met with criticism from some who want the Navajo-owned company to move toward renewable energy — and away from coal.
Oct. 10, 2019