Arizona Sustainability News


Zero carbon future could be within reach for Arizona
A team of ASU researchers with the College of Global Futures has taken an in-depth look at how Arizona might cut fossil fuel emissions to zero.
Feb. 8, 2022
Phoenix heat response plan to focus on unsheltered
Phoenix expects to have a single coordinated heat response plan fully operational by May 1. The citywide plan will focus heavily on several blocks around the Human Services Campus between downtown and the state Capitol complex. It’s where hundreds of people are living in tents.
Feb. 7, 2022
This insect is threatening AZs aspen trees
A non-native insect is threatening aspen trees in northern Arizona. The insect is called an oystershell scale, and it’s about the size of a grain of rice.
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Feb. 6, 2022
How climate change is forcing Arizona wine growers to adapt their practices
Ignacio Mesa operates a small winery off State Route 260 in Camp Verde where he planted his first vines in 2002. Climate change is making it hard to consistently produce good wine year after year, Mesa said, and he’s not alone.
Feb. 3, 2022
Expert: Desalination should be last option for AZ water
In his State of the State address last month, Gov. Doug Ducey brought up some of the water issues facing the state and mentioned a much-talked-about potential solution: desalination.
Feb. 1, 2022
9th Circuit finds SRP can be held liable for violating antitrust laws
After changing rising prices on electricity for homes with solar panels, the court found SRP used pricing structures to deter customers from buying solar panels.
Feb. 1, 2022
Hermosillo to subsidize solar panel installation at 100 homes
In neighboring Sonora, there is a major push to increase solar energy capacity. And in the capital, Hermosillo, city leaders are piloting a new program to put solar panels on private homes
Jan. 31, 2022
Last years saguaro side blooms worried scientists. Heres why they think it happened
Last spring, Phoenix and Tucson residents saw something unusual on saguaros — the majestic cactus suddenly sprouted side blooms. Photographers loved it, but it worried scientists, who believed the flowers were a response to intense drought.
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Jan. 26, 2022
Navajo Utility to expand solar program with project
The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority recently announced that it will build a 200-megawatt solar plant near Cameron.
Jan. 25, 2022
Despite drought, this tribe has water to spare — and lease
The Colorado River is in dire straits. It provides water to millions of us here in the arid Southwest, and ongoing drought driven by climate change is threatening its future. But one Arizona tribe is in a unique position: It has water to spare.
Jan. 25, 2022
Controlled drought at Biosphere 2 reveals adaptability of ecosystems
An experiment at an indoor rain forest in southern Arizona may offer some clues about how ecosystems handle drought.
Jan. 25, 2022
Cloning could improve prospects for endangered ferrets
A black-footed ferret in Colorado has become one of the first cloned, endangered animals to reach sexual maturity. The stakes for successful breeding are high – and controversial. KJZZ asked Phoenix’s own black-footed ferret breeding facility for comment.
Jan. 24, 2022
Record visitors made national park problems worse
Multiple national parks in the western U.S. saw a record number of visitors in 2021. But that influx of guests only exacerbated the stress on already-aging infrastructure, staff and supply shortages.
Jan. 19, 2022
Tonto Forest project expected to reduce wildfire risk
Officials with the Tonto National Forest are launching an improvement project to reduce the risk of wildfires. It will begin in February.
Jan. 16, 2022
Historic Phoenix neighborhoods more walkable, diverse
A report has found that Phoenix's historic neighborhoods are more walkable, have lower foreclosure rates and more diverse housing prices and more tree cover than other Phoenix neighborhoods.
Jan. 11, 2022
How long can Arizona rely on water that
Meeting Arizona’s water demand includes drawing from massive stores of water in underground aquifers. But some experts say groundwater is overtaxed and shouldn’t be seen as a long-term solution for a region where the water supply is expected to shrink in the decades to come.
Jan. 10, 2022
Worsening wildfires cause harmful pollutant overlap
The role of air pollutants in cardiovascular and respiratory illnesses and deaths, including COVID-19, is well known. But a new study suggests climate change and rampant wildfires may be redoubling those effects in the western U.S.
Jan. 10, 2022
Bureau of Land Management schedules virtual forum on solar projects
The Bureau of Land Management has scheduled a Jan. 20 virtual forum so people can hear from companies seeking to build large solar energy projects near metro Phoenix.
Jan. 6, 2022
Groups gather at Capitol to call for environmental action, representation
Representatives from environmental groups, faith-based organizations, science and government on Wednesday gathered at the Arizona state Capitol Rose Garden to present their priorities for the governor and Legislature.
Jan. 5, 2022
NAU working on smart tech to improve bicycle riding
Cars are seemingly constantly adding new technologies to make them “smarter," like adaptive cruise control and lane-adjust sensors. These technologies have not yet made it to bicycles, but a team at Northern Arizona University is trying to change that.
Jan. 5, 2022