Arizona Sustainability News


When It Comes To Water Rights, This Once-A-Decade List Details Who Will
It's called the Decennial Abandonment List, and being included on it strikes fear and paranoia into rural pockets of western Colorado, where farmers and ranchers depend on water for their livelihoods. Abandonment horror stories are akin to urban — or in this case, rural — legend.
June 29, 2020
New Committee Meets To Plan For Colorado Rivers Future
Arizona is looking ahead, considering the future of water in the state. A new committee met this week for the first time to begin planning for the next phase of Colorado River management.
June 26, 2020
Tribes Sue Federal Government Over Water Regulation Repeal
Two Arizona Tribes are suing the federal government after President Donald Trump repealed Obama-era regulations defining the scope of the protections of the Clean Water Act.
June 24, 2020
Cuts To Mexico’s Park Service Threaten Conservation
U.S. border wall construction has led to an outcry among conservation groups concerned about habitats, wildlife and waters shared between Arizona and Sonora. Now, binational conservation faces another threat — sweeping budget cuts to Mexico’s park service that would leave protected areas vulnerable.
June 24, 2020
Why This Nonprofit Seed Conservation Group Is In Demand
Native Seed Search has worked to conserve the agricultural and biological diversity of Southwestern plants since the mid-1980s. Today, it’s become an essential resource for many — offering Native American communities, farmers and gardeners across the region arid-adapted seeds that help them survive and thrive. Now, they’re in higher demand than ever.
June 23, 2020
Senate Set To Vote On Great American Outdoors Act
The U.S. Senate could soon vote on a measure that supporters say would fund vital maintenance projects in national parks, as well as preserve and expand trails, fields and other public outdoor spaces. The Show spoke about the proposal with Marcia Argust, project director for the Restore America’s Parks Campaign with the Pew Charitable Trusts.
June 16, 2020
Colorado Water Purchases Creates Worries About Farming
The Colorado River has a big gap between water supplies and demands. In some Western farm communities, private investors, who see the increasing scarcity as a money-making opportunity, are showing up with their checkbooks. But not without pushback.
June 4, 2020
Arizona Housing Growth Gives Opportunity For Water Investors
Many cities around the West are on the hunt for water to fuel new growth. And it’s created a business opportunity for private investors. They buy up rural land with water rights, hoping to eventually sell those rights to thirsty cities.
June 4, 2020
Investors See Profits In Underground Water Storage
Water in the western U.S. is scarce, and relied upon by many users. Farmers, businesses and towns all want their share. That’s true too in Northern Nevada with the Humboldt River. The overused watershed is drawing the attention of private investors.
June 4, 2020
Report: Phoenix Leads In Solar Production, Has Potential For More
Phoenix’s desert setting makes it a good candidate for solar power, but the Environment America report points out solar growth has more to do with policy decisions than sunshine. The report ranks Phoenix eighth in the nation in terms of solar power production per capita.
May 27, 2020
Mexican Government Changes Renewable Energy Rules
The coronavirus pandemic gave the Mexican government an opportunity to push for some changes on the renewable energy market. And some fear this could bring higher rates, less investment and more state control.
May 19, 2020
New Survey Digs Into Americans’ Views On Water
A new survey finds differences in how Americans feel about water, and how those feelings translate into action. The Water Main, a project from American Public Media, wanted to know how Americans think, feel and worry about their water.
May 14, 2020
How COVID-19 Could Change Bottled, Drinking Water Industry
Among the products some shoppers have been stocking up on during this pandemic is bottled water, and Cody Friesen says the conversation about water resilience has continued amid the coronavirus. Friesen is the founder and CEO of Zero Mass Water, which uses panels, kind of like solar panels, to turn sunlight and air into drinking water.
May 4, 2020
NAU Scientist Sees Reduction In Carbon Emissions
A scientist at Northern Arizona University says carbon dioxide levels are dropping toward historic lows. But, the impact depends on how much longer drivers will remain off the roads.
April 29, 2020
AZ Groundwater Pumping A Serious Concern For Water Association
Long-term concerns about preserving the state’s most precious resource are still top of mind for conservationists and public policy influencers.
April 27, 2020
 Worse Air Quality In Phoenix Communities Of Color Could Mean Higher COVID-19 Risk
As the coronavirus spreads across the country, it’s hitting certain demographic groups disproportionately hard. Air quality is likely playing a role in which communities are hit hardest.
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April 27, 2020
Looking To The Future On The 50th Anniversary Of Earth Day
April 22 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. This milestone comes as many feel closer to nature due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic shutting down most sectors. But how significant is this change in perspective?
April 22, 2020
4 Ways Arizona Organizations Are Celebrating Earth Day
It’s a day meant to celebrate the great outdoors, but many celebrations have turned online this year. See how Biosphere 2, the Phoenix Zoo, the ASU School of Sustainability and Local First Arizona are marking the 50th anniversary of Earth Day while maintaining social distancing.
April 22, 2020
Phoenix Residential Recycling Collection Up 20%
Trash and recycling trucks are filling up faster and making more trips to the transfer station for drop-offs and to the landfill now that many city residents are working and living at home, increasing city of Phoenix trash collection by 20% since the COVID-19 stay-at-home order began.
April 20, 2020
EPA Sued For Failing To Act On Arizona Air Pollution
The complaint, filed Tuesday in federal court, says the EPA failed to follow through on Arizona’s Clean Air Act implementation plan in west Pinal County for fine particle pollution.
April 16, 2020