Sustainability News

Mayors Call For More Action On Climate Change
Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and Tucson Mayor-elect Regina Romero are calling on Arizona’s congressional delegation to take action on climate change.
Nov. 26, 2019
Report Shows Clean Water Divided On Racial, Income Lines
About 2 million people do not have access to running water or a flushing toilet in their homes in the United States. That’s the finding from a new report from nonprofit clean water organization DigDeep. They also found that access to clean water is divided along racial and income lines. They call it the "water access gap."
Nov. 26, 2019
SRP Prepares Arizonas Largest Battery Near Buckeye
The Salt River Project is bringing the state’s biggest battery to the Little Rainbow Valley, an area south of Buckeye that will become an integral part of the utility’s plan to add 1,000 megawatts of solar to its energy supply.
Nov. 26, 2019
The Takeaway: The American Plastics Renaissance — Big Oil
The expansion of fracking in the U.S. has paved the way for a renaissance in American plastics manufacturing.
Nov. 26, 2019
New Monitoring Program Hopes To Boost Science On Colorado River Headwaters
A new federal program hopes to fill in knowledge gaps on how water moves through the headwaters of arguably the West’s most important drinking and irrigation water source. The U.S. Geological Survey announced the next location for its Next Generation Water Observing System will be in the headwaters of the Colorado and Gunnison rivers.
Nov. 26, 2019
Trump Looks To Privatize National Park Management
The Trump administration’s Interior Department has worked to make dramatic changes when it comes to federal lands and their management, which also extends to the national parks.
Nov. 25, 2019
Sonoran Arcana: Desert Scavengers
And now it's time for the next edition of Sonoran Arcana, our monthly dive into the margins of Arizona food. This month, The Show joined Phoenix New Times' food critic Chris Malloy at the Old Town Farmers Market in Scottsdale. There, they spoke with Karen Bedell at her booth, which is full of offbeat products scavenged directly from the Sonoran Desert.
Nov. 22, 2019
Central Arizona Tries Again To Bring In Water From On-River Entitlements
There is a new proposal to transfer water from the Colorado River region to central Arizona. And it’s looking just as controversial as the others. The town of Queen Creek is trying to buy an annual entitlement to 2,083.1 acre-feet of Colorado River water from a farming and investment company that owns land in far west La Paz County, in the Cibola Valley.
Nov. 19, 2019
Arizona’s Tiny Pygmy Owl Has New Chance For Protection
The Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity said Thursday an Aug. 5, 2021, deadline is set for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to decide if the cactus ferruginous pygmy owl should be protected again as an endangered species.
Nov. 15, 2019
Navajo Nation President Halts NTEC Purchase Of Coal Plants
Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez announced this week he is pulling the plug on the Navajo Transitional Energy Company's controversial purchases of three bankrupt coal mines in Wyoming and Montana last month.
Nov. 14, 2019
New Analysis Spells Out Serious Legal Risk To Colorado River Water Users
As climate change continues to sap the Colorado River’s water, some users face serious legal risks to their supplies, according to a new analysis by researchers in Colorado and New Mexico. Declining flows could force Southwest water managers to confront long-standing legal uncertainties, and threaten the water security of Upper Basin states of Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and New Mexico.
Nov. 14, 2019
No Oversight In Place For AZ Dry Washes Once EPA Rule Change Final
Arizona expects to lose federal oversight over a large chunk of its waterways once a new Trump administration rule goes into effect.
Nov. 12, 2019
Phoenix Recycling Could Be Cut Without Rate Hike
Phoenix will be talking more about trash over the next several weeks. That’s because the city’s Public Works Department says if solid waste rates are not increased, cuts must be made.
Nov. 12, 2019
1,680 Dams Found At Risk Across U.S., 16 Are In Arizona
A two-year investigation by the Associated Press found almost 1,700 dams pose a risk nationwide. Of the 1,680 dams in question, 16 of them are in Arizona. To learn more about the investigation into Arizona dams, The Show reached out to Felicia Fonseca, the Associated Press’s northern Arizona reporter.
Nov. 12, 2019
AZ Rejects Plan To Use Groundwater For Palo Verde Station
The state Department of Water Resources has rejected a proposal from APS to use groundwater in the Buckeye area to cool the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station.
Nov. 11, 2019
Study: Arizona Military Base Will Be Hardest Hit By Climate Change
Over the next three decades, military bases in the contiguous U.S. could, on average, experience an extra month of dangerously hot days, according to a new study. The hardest hit base will be right here in Arizona. By midcentury, the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma will experience 117 days above a 100 degree Fahrenheit heat index.
Nov. 11, 2019
Phoenix Sikh Community Donates 550 Trees To City
The youngest donor gave his first paycheck at his first job. The oldest donor, a 93-year-old energy conservation specialist, donated ten trees. The trees will be planted in four central Phoenix neighborhoods as part of the city’s tree shade initiative.
Nov. 10, 2019
Canal Convergence Brings International Art To Scottsdale
Friday evening, a 10-day celebration of water begins in downtown Scottsdale. Canal Convergence features public art installations from around the world, and on the first weekend of the event, attendees will be able to purchase beers made from recycled water from Scottsdale’s Advanced Water Treatment Plant. The theme of the event this year is “The Story of Water.”
Nov. 8, 2019
Heres How You Can Drink Beer Made With Recycled Water
Right now, one of the taps at Walter Station Brewery in Phoenix is serving a “unique” American pale ale. The ale was made from recycled water. The city of Scottsdale gave a bunch of craft breweries hundreds of gallons of recycled water and asked them to make a beer for this weekend’s Canal Convergence festival.
Nov. 7, 2019
Micro Estates Planned To Bring A Community Together
We’ve all heard of tiny houses — or at least seen them on HGTV. Well now, there’s an effort right here in the Phoenix metro area to build something a little different — micro estates. The idea here is more about community, not just about the size of the home.
Nov. 7, 2019

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