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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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?
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.
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.