Sustainability News

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
National Park Service Approves Plan To Protect Native Fish
The National Park Service approved a plan Wednesday to protect endangered fish in the Colorado River below Glen Canyon Dam. It will encourage what it's calling "an incentivized harvest" of brown trout, a non-native predator whose population has grown too big.
Oct. 9, 2019
Journalist Records Town Soon To Be Lost To Climate Change
Tangier Island is disappearing. The tiny community in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay is likely to be the first town that will be entirely lost to climate change as water levels rise and the island turns to marsh.
Oct. 9, 2019
Lawsuit Challenging Bears Ears Reduction Continues
A federal judge has rejected the Trump Administration’s efforts to dismiss a lawsuit challenging its reduction of Bears Ears National Monument in Utah.
Oct. 8, 2019
Groups Sue Government Over Colorado River Management
Three environmental groups are suing the federal government over the operation of the Glen Canyon Dam in Northern Arizona.
Oct. 7, 2019
43 Food Deserts Litter The Growing Phoenix Landscape
Phoenix and Maricopa County are among the fastest growing areas in the country. With that growth has come changes to the physical landscape of the city, new business opportunities in the valley and efforts to revitalize some neighborhoods.
Oct. 3, 2019
5th Annual Jaguar Day Festival Celebrates Nature, Culture
This year marks the fifth annual Jaguar Day Festival in southern Sonora, Mexico. It’s a celebration that brings awareness to the endangered jaguar in this region. The town of Álamos, Sonora, is hosting its annual Día del Jaguar celebration this Friday and Saturday.
Oct. 3, 2019
Conservationists, Fishermen Unsatisfied With Mexico’s Efforts To Protect Porpoise
The Mexican government says it’s increasing enforcement efforts in the Sea of Cortez to prevent illegal fishing nets from harming an endangered porpoise. It comes a week after local fishermen announced they would buck a fishing ban this shrimp season. But the government's plan doesn't address their concerns.
Oct. 3, 2019
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It’s tough to find a river in the West that still behaves like a western river. The relatively free-flowing Yampa River in northwestern Colorado is unique. The people who depend on it are wondering how best to protect the river as the West’s water grows more scarce.
Oct. 3, 2019
Urban Tree Shade Plan Finalized By Phoenix Subcommittee
Phoenix’s Urban Heat Island and Tree and Shade Subcommittee has finalized its list of recommendations aimed at helping the city implement its Tree and Shade Master Plan, which was approved in 2010.
Oct. 2, 2019
One Of Latin America’s Largest Solar Plants Now Operating In Sonora
Acciona and Tuto Energy’s Puerto Libertad facility is one of the largest solar installations in Latin America. With over 1.2 million panels, the 405-megawatt plant generates enough power for over half a million Mexican homes, according to a company release.
Oct. 1, 2019
Arizona Politics Update: Prop 123, Interest Rate Caps And Electric Shutoffs
It’s another hectic day in Arizona politics.
Oct. 1, 2019
Sonoran Researchers Seek Wildlife-Friendly Highway Crossings
Every year, thousands of animals are crushed trying to cross a highway just south of the U.S.-Mexico border in Sonora. It’s a major impediment to jaguars, ocelots and black bears whose survival depends on free movement through borderlands. Some researchers are working to create wildlife crossings that could mitigate the dangers of the road.
Special Report: Protecting The Northern Jaguar
Oct. 1, 2019
Why Climate Change Is An Everything Issue
Katharine Hayhoe never meant to become a climate scientist. In fact, in college she started out studying astrophysics, but she needed one more class to finish her degree, and she found a new one over in the geography department on climate science.
Sept. 30, 2019