Arizona Sustainability News


Meet the scientist in charge of dealing with heat in Phoenix
Phoenix has become the first city in the country to open a publicly funded Office of Heat Response and Mitigation; that’s part of nearly $3 million to deal with heat and climate change in the most recent city budget.
Oct. 25, 2021
Mesas electric fire truck with be the first in U.S., city says
Mesa says it will be the first city in the United States to use an all-electric fire truck. On Monday, the City Council approved the $1.4 million purchase.
Oct. 19, 2021
A court annulled a Trump era water policy. It matters across AZ
The Navigable Waters Protection Rule was a boon to some farmers and ranchers, but worried environmental groups as it significantly cut back the scope of bodies of water that were subject to federal oversight. But now, an Arizona district court is turning back the clock on the Trump administration’s new rule.
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Oct. 11, 2021
Boas: New irrigation tech could halve farmers water use
Even with one wet monsoon season, the extended drought affecting Arizona and the rest of the Southwest continues. That means the need to be more efficient with water use is becoming even more important.
Oct. 11, 2021
▶ #AZNumbers: Where Arizonas ranks in solar
#AZNumbers is a weekly segment featuring thoughts and insight into Arizona's economic news. This week’s number: 5. Listen to the KJZZ business block with Heather van Blokland weekdays at 6 p.m. on 91.5 FM or stream it on
Oct. 8, 2021
Sen. Kelly urges action on climate change
Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly chaired a hearing on drought in the West Wednesday. Kelly told colleagues his state is on the front lines of a megadrought.
Oct. 6, 2021
Proposed Oak Flat mine could impact groundwater
An environmental consultant has issued a report on the potential water usage of a proposed copper mine in the Oak Flat area of Tonto National Forest.
Oct. 6, 2021
Mexican energy reform proposal would nationalize lithium production
But existing lithium concessions would be respected, officials said. The company behind a massive project in Sonora said it did not think the operation would be impacted.
Oct. 4, 2021
33 years of rapid urban growth has tripled hazardous heat impact
Urban landscapes intensify the effects of dangerously hot and humid days. But scientists only broadly understand the interplay between escalating urban population growth and extreme heat exposure. A new study in the journal PNAS helps address that gap, and the news isn't good.
Oct. 4, 2021
USDA loans could help AZ ranchers and farmers
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on Monday announced a new $100 million loan guarantee program supplied by USDA funds that may help some drought-stricken Arizona ranchers and farmers.
Oct. 4, 2021
The story behind the photo of a roadrunner staring at the border wall
You may have seen an image floating around social media in the last few months — it shows the towering border wall covered in rings of barbed wire on one side. And facing it on the other, seemingly staring up at it, perplexed, is a single roadrunner.
Oct. 4, 2021
Why a billionaire thinks he can build a sustainable desert city
The Arizona desert could be the home of a new, proposed sustainable city. Billionaire Marc Lore wants to build his city, called Telosa, which he envisions as upwards of 150,000 acres, using environmentally-friendly architecture and a “water system that is resistant to drought.”
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Oct. 1, 2021
NASA And USGS Launch Gilbert-Built Landsat 9
On Monday, NASA successfully launched its Landsat 9 satellite. The spacecraft was built, tested and fitted with instruments by Northrop Grumman’s Satellite Manufacturing Facility in Gilbert.
Sept. 29, 2021
Colorado River Levels Falling Faster Than Expected
New projections show that Lake Mead and Lake Powell could reach “critically low reservoir elevations” sooner than expected, spurring experts to say that “bold actions” will be needed to change course.
Sept. 29, 2021
Even Colorado
Deep in the Cameron Peak burn scar, nestled among charred hills, there’s an oasis of green. Apart from a few scorched branches on the periphery, it’s hard to tell that this particular spot was in the middle of Colorado's largest-ever wildfire just a year ago. This wetland was spared thanks to the work of beavers.
Sept. 28, 2021
BLM Approves Solar Power Project South Of Buckeye
The Bureau of Land Management has approved a right-of-way request for an array of solar panels near Buckeye.
Sept. 24, 2021
UA Launches Effort To Work With Tribes On Sustainability
Climate change impacts us all now, but for those living on Native American reservations, the environmental impacts are often more extreme. Now, the University of Arizona is starting a new center aimed at helping them address those challenges.
Sept. 23, 2021
SRP To Build New Solar Plant Near Flagstaff
Salt River Project says it will build a new solar plant northwest of Flagstaff. SRP has committed to significantly reduce its carbon footprint in a matter of decades.
Sept. 22, 2021
Groups Want 2nd Look At Fort Huachuca Impact On San Pedro River
Environmental groups are accusing the federal government and the army of lying about how the operation of Fort Huachuca in southern Arizona is affecting the San Pedro River. They have asked a federal judge to take a second look.
Sept. 22, 2021
How Colorado Officials Are Reacting To BLMs Move Back To D.C.
Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said the Bureau of Land Management’s headquarters will return to Washington, D.C. The Show spoke with reporter Bente Birkeland to learn about the general reaction to this move in Colorado and among Colorado’s elected officials.
Sept. 22, 2021