Sustainability News

Boas: AZ Feud Is Massive Failure Of Water Leadership
The Show regulrly checks in with Editorial Board of The Arizona Republic to talk about the big issues facing the state and the region — featured in the newspaper’s Viewpoints section.
May 7, 2018
Legislature Ends Session Without Progress On Water
The Arizona Legislature left the state Capitol this session without passing any major water legislation. That’s a problem, experts say, when both groundwater pumping and Colorado River policy need attention.
May 7, 2018
Feuding Water Agencies To Meet Next Week
The Central Arizona Project and the Arizona Department of Water Resources will meet next week in what could be a reboot of talks that stalled last year.
May 3, 2018
CAP Tries To End Conflict With  Colorado River States
The Central Arizona Project has issued a mea culpa that could calm some nerves among the states that use Colorado River water. The river supplies 40 million people in the U.S. abd Mexico.
May 2, 2018
How Agrivoltaics Could Create Sustainable Crops
As our climate continues to warm here in the desert, sustainably growing food could become a serious challenge. Researchers at the University of Arizona are working to find new ways to approach agriculture and they’ve come up with one that’s garnering some attention.
May 2, 2018
Central Arizona Water Conservation District Faces Federal Lawsuit
The Central Arizona Water Conservation District is facing a federal lawsuit claiming the district is violating the Colorado River Basin Project Act.
May 2, 2018
Water Managers Meet To Relieve Colorado River Tension
After nearly a month of terse exchanges among water managers in Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona about Colorado River conservation strategies, representatives from the five states met Monday in Salt Lake City to hash out their differences.
May 1, 2018
Scientists Hope Bug Experiment Fattens Co. River Fish
Researchers with the U.S. Geological Survey are hoping a monthslong experiment to release low, steady flows of water from Glen Canyon Dam will give the eggs that bugs lay just below the water's surface a better chance at survival. It starts this weekend.
May 1, 2018
Leaders Of Colorado River Indian Tribes Face Recall
A potential recall of leaders of the Colorado River Indian Tribes has roots in a potential deal to lease out tribal water.
April 27, 2018
Billionaire Invests In Renewable Energy Bill For Arizona
Tom Steyer is a billionaire former hedge fund manager who, in recent years, has turned his attention to environmental activism and progressive causes.
April 24, 2018
Phoenix Sky Harbor Opens First Airport Health Center
Travelers and employees at Sky Harbor Airport will soon have a new healthcare option.
April 23, 2018
5 Things To Know About The Latest Colorado River Dust Up
There’s a rising tension over water in the Southwest. Agencies that manage the Colorado River are attempting to publicly shame an increasingly isolated water agency in Arizona. The feud has the potential to upset negotiations over the river’s future.
April 23, 2018
Summit Aims To Make Cities More Generous Towards Ecosystems
Green building practices have become more and more a part of urban planning. But, a conference getting underway Thursday in Phoenix looks for ways cities can benefit their local natural environments.
April 19, 2018
ASU Students Help Tempe Renewable Energy Initiative
Last month, the Tempe City Council voted to go 100% renewable by 2035. Not an easy, or a cheap, task. But it turns out, they’re getting a little help along the way from a class of Arizona State University students.
April 19, 2018
The Rocky Mountains Are Dusty, And It
A menace lurks beneath the snow high up in the southern Rocky Mountains.
April 17, 2018
Upper Colorado River Leaders Wade Into Arizona Dispute
Commissioners in the Upper Basin of the Colorado River are talking about Arizona. They sent a letter to the head of Arizona’s water department, saying the state needs to resolve its internal disputes and finalize an agreement on how to deal with a future shortage on the river.
April 16, 2018
Report: Arizona Adding Bioscience Jobs, But Not Venture Capital Funding
Arizona’s bioscience sector is outpacing the country when it comes to adding jobs, but falling behind on venture-capital funding.
April 16, 2018
35 Surviving Red Squirrels Face Tough Wildfire Season
A squirrel at the Phoenix Zoo is showing signs of pregnancy, exciting scientists because there are only about 35 Mount Graham red squirrels left in the world. As Arizona heads into wildfire season, concerns remain due to the vulnerability of the endangered animal.
April 12, 2018
Environmental Groups Continue Fight Against Border Wall
This week, National Guard troops from Arizona and other states have started moving south to reinforce and support the U.S Border Patrol. In the meantime, another part of President Trump’s border security plan is also underway: The wall.
April 11, 2018
SRP Teams Turn To ASU Robots To Maintain Canal System
Maintaining the Salt River Project’s pipes, ditches and canals poses unique technical and workforce problems. In this installment of the Arizona Science Desk’s “Lifeblood of the Desert” series, we explore how SRP is working with Arizona State University on some novel helpers.
April 11, 2018