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National Geographic Photographer Tracks Down Black Panther
Photographer and cinematographer Shannon Wild spent 18 months in southern India to produce a documentary about the black panther. It was the only one in a 250-square-mile range of forest.
Jan. 22, 2020
ASU Report: Climate Restoration Will Net Trillions
Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of Global Management has released a report projecting multi-trillion-dollar opportunities and benefits they say could accrue from climate restoration efforts.
Jan. 21, 2020
Camping And Campfires Banned In Forests Near Flagstaff
Due to homeless encampments and unattended campfires, officials from the Coconino National Forest have temporarily banned camping in some parts of the forest near Flagstaff.
Jan. 18, 2020
Why The Petrified Forest Preserves Route 66 Trash
As the old phrase goes, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. If that’s really true, then the Petrified Forest has a lot of treasure from 50 years or more ago. The National Park Service is preserving a lot of what Route 66 drivers and passengers threw out the windows in the mid-20th century and is trying to put it into historical perspective.
Jan. 16, 2020
Navajo, SRP Take Steps To Make Solar A Priority
The Navajo Nation is taking steps to make solar energy a priority, with the help of Salt River Project. Salt River Project seeks proposals for up to 200 megawatts of solar development on the Navajo Nation.
Jan. 15, 2020
Climate Change, And Our Response To It, Is Making Life Hard For Desert Tortoises
Few species are equipped to handle a hot and dry climate better than the desert tortoise. But with climate change making their home hotter and drier, and energy projects meant to limit carbon emissions springing up in the desert, the tortoises are being hit with a one-two punch.
Jan. 15, 2020
At Least 2 Well-Metering Bills At Arizona Capitol
Multiple bills in the Arizona Legislature are tackling well metering due to the lack of groundwater regulation outside of central Arizona. They come in the wake of an investigation by the Arizona Republic.
Jan. 14, 2020
The Political Implications Of Uranium Mining Around Grand Canyon National Park
Just before the holidays, Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema introduced a bill that would ban new uranium mining around Grand Canyon National Park. It echoes similar legislation introduced by Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva that passed the House of Representatives last year.
Jan. 14, 2020
Phoenix Finishes Converting 100,000 Street Lights To LED
The city of Phoenix has finished converting 100,000 street lights to LED lights. It took two years and $29.4 million, a cost the city expects to recoup with savings on its energy and maintenance bills. Phoenix finished pretty much on schedule.
Jan. 14, 2020
Phoenix To Collect Public Donations To Plant More Trees
Phoenix is looking to collect public donations to plant more trees. But the idea is being met with some skepticism. During a recent city subcommittee meeting, Chief Sustainability Officer Mark Hartman pitched the process.
Jan. 13, 2020
AZ Lawmakers Face Tough Questions About Water
Just a year after approval of the much-heralded Drought Contingency Plan, Arizona lawmakers once again face tough questions of how to deal with the increased demand for water in the face of drier weather — and getting water to where it is needed.
Jan. 11, 2020
Why Is Water-Related Violence Increasing Around The World?
A number of major battles — some involving soldiers and others not — have been fought over oil, particularly in the Middle East since the mid-20th century.
Jan. 10, 2020
Below Average Colorado River Water Supply Expected
This week, we got our first look at likely Colorado River levels for the year, and the outlook could be better. The Colorado Basin River Forecast Center expects water supplies to be below average in 2020 despite a high snowpack.
Jan. 9, 2020
Transportation, Infrastructure Part of AZ Tech Council Legislation Priorities
In advance of the state's 2020 legislative session, the Arizona Technology Council has outlined its top priorities. Among them is a focus on transportation and infrastructure development.
Jan. 7, 2020
Vice Admiral: We Should Be Fairly Nervous About Vulnerabilities Of The Grid
There have been efforts in Arizona and elsewhere to increase the use of renewable energy for several years now. Some experts have also been trying to raise the alarm about vulnerabilities in our energy grid. Vice Admiral Lee Gunn says it’s possible to tackle both problems at once.
Jan. 7, 2020
Sustainable Products Hot At Consumer Electronics Show
The annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas starts Tuesday. Hot this year are products that focus on sustainability. Circularise, an information technology company out of Holland, is creating digital versions of plastic materials that manufacturers can then use to share details on products.
Jan. 6, 2020
Game And Fish To Conduct Annual Survey Of Big Game
The Arizona Game and Fish Department is conducting its annual aerial survey of big game population in the state. "The data obtained will help us determine how many hunting tags to let out in a given year," he said. "We have to balance out the number of animals in the field with the number of permits we let so the harvest is sustainable."
Jan. 6, 2020
What The New Solar Requirement Means For Housing In California
As of Jan. 1, every new home or three-story residential building in California has to have its energy powered by solar sources.
Jan. 3, 2020
How Phoenix Could Embrace Its Extreme Heat
While national media outlets penned apocalyptic pieces about the heat here, professor and author Tom Zoellner completed a thru-hike of the Arizona Trail. He suggests Arizonans start thinking about summers differently.
Jan. 3, 2020
Moratorium Lifted On San Tan Valley Water Hookups
One of the nation’s fastest growing real estate markets will face fewer restrictions on new homes this year.
Jan. 2, 2020