Arizona Sustainability News


Coalition Aims To Increase Clean Energy Use, Boost AZ Economy
The Arizona Thrives alliance is made up of community groups, cities and private businesses — including developers and utilities. It’s looking at both short and long-term goals for boosting clean energy usage and reducing carbon emissions.
May 3, 2021
After Months Of Drought, Sonoran Reservoirs Below 30% Capacity
One of the state's most important reservoirs is at just over 1 percent of its capacity.
May 2, 2021
As Drought Continues, AZ Prepares For Water Cuts In 2022
The Arizona Department of Water Resources and Central Arizona Project expect to hit a “Tier 1" shortage in their drought contingency plan in 2022. It would be the first time reservoirs ever dipped low enough to trigger substantial cuts to Arizona’s share of Colorado River water.
April 29, 2021
From Masks To Yoga Mats: Company Sees Surge In PPE Recycling
As good as they are at protecting us from the spread of COVID-19, the billions of disposable masks are also creating tons of new waste that’s polluting our oceans and communities. It’s not so simple to recycle PPE. But one company has been doing just that since long before the pandemic began.
April 28, 2021
At Climate Summit, AMLO Boasts About Oil And An Activist Condemns Fossil Fuels
Forty world leaders are meeting virtually Thursday and Friday at the Summit on Climate hosted by President Joe Biden to discuss stronger global environmental actions. Two Mexican guests, one activist and the president, offered conflicting perspectives.
April 22, 2021
Phoenix Pledges Tree Equity For All Neighborhoods By 2030
Phoenix is partnering with the nation’s oldest conservation nonprofit to achieve what the group calls “tree equity” by 2030.
April 22, 2021
Phoenix Area Gets Mixed Reviews In Air Quality Report
The Valley received mixed scores in the American Lung Association’s 2021 State of the Air report. The Phoenix metro area ranked in the top 10 most polluted cities for both ozone and year-round fine particulate matter. But it seems to be improving in the area of short-term particulate matter.
April 21, 2021
Colorado River Tribes Aim To Establish
Tribes reliant on the river’s flows for agricultural, municipal and industrial use are gearing up for years of negotiation over future policies. Climate change is projected to lessen flows in the Colorado River.
April 21, 2021
Peoria Trying To Increase Recycling, Decrease Contamination
Peoria is undertaking a pilot project to see if it can get its residents to recycle more, and to stop putting things that are not recyclable into the recycling bins.
April 20, 2021
Mexico’s President Wants Trees, Crops And Visas From The U.S.
Mexico’s president has a plan to try to stop climate change and Central American migration simultaneously. And to make it happen, he wants support from the United States.
April 19, 2021
Navajo Nation OKs Solar Projects For Local Communities
The Navajo Nation has approved a couple of solar projects that will provide electricity to tribal communities.
April 15, 2021
Sonoran Congress Approves Law Banning Single-Use Plastic Bags
A new law passed this week in neighboring Sonora, Mexico, aims to crack down on the use of single-use plastic in part by banning non-biodegradable plastic bags.
April 15, 2021
AZ Expected To Receive Less Colorado River Water Starting 2022
As the intense Southwest drought continues, there has been discussion for a number of years about when — not if — Arizona’s allocation of Colorado River water would be reduced. It sounds very much like that will happen in 2022.
April 13, 2021
Can The Phoenix Area Support Water Parks In A Drought?
Late last month, Cannon Beach Mesa broke ground as the next generation of water park. But not everyone is excited about a new water park in the midst of an ongoing drought.
April 12, 2021
Las Vegas Pushes To Become First To Ban Ornamental Grass
A desert city built on a reputation for excess and indulgence wants to become a model for restraint and conservation with a first-in-the-nation policy banning grass that nobody walks on.
April 12, 2021
Researchers Find Clues To Water Availability In The Dirt
Beneath the surface, the amount of moisture held in the ground can play a big role in how much water makes it down to rivers and reservoirs — and eventually into the pipes that feed homes and businesses.
April 8, 2021
Comcaac Nation Demands Water With Historic Gathering
In neighboring Sonora, Mexico, members of the Indigenous Comcaac Nation, often called the Seris, have long struggled for access to clean water in their two towns on the Sea of Cortez. Last Saturday, they walked miles to a sacred site for their people to demand the Mexican government provide them with potable water and other basic services.
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April 2, 2021
Havasupai Councilwoman Named To Biden Advisory Team
The Biden administration has appointed Havasupai Councilwoman Carletta Tilousi to serve on its Environmental Justice Advisory Board.
March 31, 2021
Jaguar Sighting Near Arizona-Sonora Border Brings Hope
Researchers have captured new footage of a jaguar just a few miles south of the border in neighboring Sonora, Mexico. Conservationists say that could be a sign that the species’ breeding range may be extending north.
March 26, 2021
Moab May Be Running Out Of Water
Recent studies found there’s likely less water in Moab’s aquifer than previously thought. Now, the tightening water supply has led to a reckoning over the consequences of development and the virtues of conservation.
March 24, 2021