Arizona Sustainability News


Heat, wildfire forcing West to rethink development
Climate change has made some aspects of development more difficult, as planners, builders and others have to take extreme heat, drought, wildfire and other impacts into account.
Dec. 2, 2021
4 metrics are used to track drought, and they paint a bleak picture
Drought in the Colorado River basin continues into its second decade. Scientists say it's driven high temperatures, low precipitation, and dry soil and streams. Climate change means they're likely to get worse.
Dec. 1, 2021
Sonoran governor hopes to bring solar to mountain communities
The governor of neighboring Sonora hopes to bring solar energy plants to the state’s rural communities. Building the facilities could also improve broadband internet access in some rural communities, according to state authorities.
Nov. 30, 2021
UA studying cancer risks of wildland firefighters
Climate change is extending the length of our wildfire seasons — which used to include a few months of severe danger but are becoming nearly year-round. That means more wildland firefighters who are subject to conditions that could adversely affect their health.
Nov. 29, 2021
Prescribed burn will target 1,500 acres of Tonto Forest
Tonto National Forest will carry out a prescribed burn in the Pleasant Valley and Young area starting Tuesday. The burn will target 15,000 acres and will last through the first week of December.
Nov. 29, 2021
As climate change stresses crops, solar panels could help
Climate change is creating water challenges; it’s also making it tougher for farmers to efficiently grow certain crops. But a new $10 million federal grant is looking into one potential solution for both issues: agrivoltaics.
Nov. 23, 2021
Why cities — not just nations — need to step up on climate change
The COP26 climate summit saw global attention turn to what countries could do to combat climate change. But a number of city officials were also in Scotland discussing their own plans of action.
Nov. 18, 2021
Infrastructure bill includes toxic waste cleanup in AZ
A bipartisan infrastructure bill passed by Congress could help clean up toxic waste sites in Arizona. The bill reinstates an excise tax on chemical manufacturers to help pay for superfund cleanup sites.
Nov. 15, 2021
More ranch acreage in Cochise County protected as open space
An Arizona conservation group says an additional 1,850 acres of a cattle ranch that is part of an important wildlife corridor in western Cochise County are now protected as open space.
Nov. 12, 2021
Gilbert-built Landsat 9 satellite sends first images
In late September, NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey launched the Landsat 9 satellite, which was built, tested and fitted with instruments by Northrop Grumman in Gilbert. Now, the spacecraft has sent back its first images, including some shots of the Grand Canyon State.
Nov. 12, 2021
Cities consider recycling wastewater for drinking water
The western United States is facing extreme drought. This is leading to some cities to look for alternative sources for drinking water.
Nov. 11, 2021
SRP is cutting down trees in Avondale — and planting 135 new ones
On Nov. 9, SRP started cutting down trees in Avondale that were a danger to power lines. But they'll be replacing them. But for every tree they have to cut down, they plant more in their place. Other cities in the program include Phoenix, Mesa, Tempe and Glendale.
Nov. 11, 2021
Phoenix Mayor says cities will lead on climate change
The COP26 conference is in its second week, with leaders from around the world convening in Scotland to discuss actions that can be taken to curb climate change. But it’s not just presidents and prime ministers that are there to work toward a cleaner future — mayors are also there, including Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego.
Nov. 9, 2021
New BLM director faces big challenges
After months of opposition by Senate Republicans, Tracy Stone-Manning was recently sworn in as the Bureau of Land Management’s new director.
Nov. 8, 2021
An inside look at the COP26 climate change summit with the BBC
The U.N. Climate Change Conference begin in Glasgow, Scotland, on Sunday. The two-week symposium — known as COP26 — has seen leaders from more than 100 countries participate in policy discussions with the big goal of slowing the worst impacts of climate change.
Nov. 4, 2021
UA awarded $3.5M grant to study how plants talk
University of Arizona will study how plants communicate thanks to a $3.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation. This will include research on drought impacts and how plants can combat such impacts.
Nov. 3, 2021
SRP launches new solar offset program
Installing new solar panels on an older home can be expensive, so SRP has designed a plan for those who want to support solar without those upfront costs.
Nov. 2, 2021
ADEQ is trying to take over a cleanup. Environmentalists are worried
Stronger environmental regulations have been put into effect in the first year of the Biden administration, and more are expected to follow. In Arizona, that could affect how the cleanup of toxic coal ash from the state’s four operating coal plants would be handled.
Nov. 1, 2021
500 seedlings planted around campground near Payson
The U.S. Forest Service says 500 pine trees were planted in October near a campground east of Payson. What grows from the seedlings will not be vulnerable to a parasitic plant that has infected ponderosa pine there.
Oct. 31, 2021
Ducey wants to spend $30M more on Colorado River water
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey wants to invest $30 million from the COVID-19 relief fund to protect the state’s access to the Colorado River water supply.
Oct. 26, 2021