Arizona Sustainability News


ASU Art Museum spotlights changing relationship with the planet
Earthworks is a genre of art that dawned in the 1960s. Artists left institutions to work directly on the land, their work shedding light on our relationship with the planet. Now, the ASU Art Museum is looking at that relationship through a contemporary lens.
April 18, 2022
Study: Climate change will harm most cactus species
Cacti seem hardy enough, but more than 31% of species are threatened with extinction. And scientists don’t know whether climate change will improve or worsen their prospects. A new study paints a troubling picture.
April 15, 2022
Norma Baker-Flying Horse on how fashion can be stylish and eco-friendly
Phoenix Fashion Week is hitting the runway April 15-16. The event attracts models, designers and fashionistas from across the U.S., including North Dakota, where Indigenous designer Norma Baker-Flying Horse is from.
April 15, 2022
Study: How Colombia can balance conservation and development
In 2019, KJZZ News reported on an international study of dire threats to biodiversity. He recently spoke to one of the co-authors about her research on how to balance the value of conservation against the economics of development.
April 14, 2022
How Phoenix could have 280,000 electric vehicles by 2030
Phoenix wants to have 280,000 electric vehicles registered in the city by 2030. To reach that goal, the mayor’s ad hoc committee on electric vehicles recently presented its draft plan to the City Council, which included six recommendations and suggested strategies.
April 14, 2022
What cuts to Colorado River water could mean for Arizonans
The U.S. Interior Department is considering emergency cutbacks to the water supplies for Arizona, California and Nevada.
April 14, 2022
Why theres hope in the face of climate change
For many of us, climate change conjures up nothing but images of doom and destruction, from disastrous storms to wildfires to scorching heat. But Chris Castro, a professor and associate head in the department of hydrology and atmospheric sciences at the University of Arizona, says there's still hope.
April 13, 2022
Mechanical trees could make a dent in climate change
Carbon emissions are rising, and scientists are worried that we aren’t adapting fast enough to avoid the catastrophic effects of climate change. A device that looks like a 10-foot beer keg could help.
April 13, 2022
Why its still hard to switch to an electric car or SUV
Gas prices in Arizona are nearly 50 cents higher than the national average, according to AAA. That, along with an increase in marketing has led to more consumer demand for electric vehicles.
April 12, 2022
Climate report says we have tools to cap warming but lack political will
An IPCC report released Monday says we have the knowledge, technology and affordable clean energy needed to meet emissions targets. But a lack of political will and funding undermine progress — and hope for avoiding calamity.
April 9, 2022
Sustainability certifications arent just for indoor spaces
From solar panels to water fixtures, building plans have adapted over the years to promote sustainable practices. That certification process has expanded to also include outdoor environments like Orange Mall at ASU's Tempe campus.
April 8, 2022
Antibiotic-free meat? Dont be so sure
When consumers pony up extra cash for antibiotic-free meat, they rely on labels approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to confirm they’re getting what they paid for. But a study published in the journal Science says, “Let the buyer beware.”
April 7, 2022
Judge rules against Army, Fish and Wildlife in San Pedro River case
The San Pedro River is one of the last free-flowing rivers in the Southwest. Last week, a federal judge rejected a plan by the U.S. Army and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect the San Pedro.
April 6, 2022
Climate study: Rising risk of wildfires, extreme rain overlapping dangerously by mid-century
Climate change could dramatically increase the risk of extreme rainfall after wildfires, potentially triggering more flash floods and mudslides across much of the western U.S.
April 1, 2022
Sonoran desert tortoise denied endangered status again
The Sonoran desert tortoise has been denied endangered species status for a second time. That’s after environmental advocates have pushed for 14 years to protect an iconic species of the desert Southwest.
April 1, 2022
Climate change goals require more efficient buildings. The infrastructure law could help
The Biden administration is working with states and cities across the country to try to boost the energy efficiency of buildings. In addition, there’s money in the bipartisan infrastructure law to help in this effort.
March 30, 2022
Report: Phoenix ranks high in health benefits from shift to electric vehicles, clean energy
The “Road to Clean Air” report released Wednesday by the American Lung Association lists Phoenix and Mesa among the 25 cities that would benefit most from a nationwide shift to zero-emission power plants and vehicles.
More Arizona science news
March 30, 2022
Covering canals with solar panels has potential to save water
Two thousand to 2021 was the driest 22 year period since the year 800. But there’s a promising new pilot project in California that aims to conserve water while producing renewable energy.
More Arizona Science Desk news
March 28, 2022
Mountain permafrost could melt faster than arctic ice
Experts have long expressed concern about the feedback loop between a warming climate and greenhouse gases released from melting permafrost. Now a new study suggests mountain permafrost might melt even faster than frozen ground in northern climes.
March 28, 2022
Prescott Forest seeking volunteers to help build trail
The Prescott National Forest is looking for volunteers to help build a new trail this weekend. Forest officials have set aside Saturday, March 26, for willing volunteers to lend a hand in constructing the Copper Chief Trail #535.
March 22, 2022