Arizona Sustainability News


Upper Colorado River Leaders Wade Into Arizona Dispute
Commissioners in the Upper Basin of the Colorado River are talking about Arizona. They sent a letter to the head of Arizona’s water department, saying the state needs to resolve its internal disputes and finalize an agreement on how to deal with a future shortage on the river.
April 16, 2018
Report: Arizona Adding Bioscience Jobs, But Not Venture Capital Funding
Arizona’s bioscience sector is outpacing the country when it comes to adding jobs, but falling behind on venture-capital funding.
April 16, 2018
35 Surviving Red Squirrels Face Tough Wildfire Season
A squirrel at the Phoenix Zoo is showing signs of pregnancy, exciting scientists because there are only about 35 Mount Graham red squirrels left in the world. As Arizona heads into wildfire season, concerns remain due to the vulnerability of the endangered animal.
April 12, 2018
Environmental Groups Continue Fight Against Border Wall
This week, National Guard troops from Arizona and other states have started moving south to reinforce and support the U.S Border Patrol. In the meantime, another part of President Trump’s border security plan is also underway: The wall.
April 11, 2018
SRP Teams Turn To ASU Robots To Maintain Canal System
Maintaining the Salt River Project’s pipes, ditches and canals poses unique technical and workforce problems. In this installment of the Arizona Science Desk’s “Lifeblood of the Desert” series, we explore how SRP is working with Arizona State University on some novel helpers.
April 11, 2018
Coalition Wants Legislature To Take Action On Water Issues
There hasn’t been much movement — at least publicly — on the issue of water in the three months lawmakers have been in session.
April 6, 2018
What Will It Take To Make Phoenix A More Livable City?
When we talk about walkable, sustainable cities, Phoenix is usually not the first city to come to mind. But one man believes that cities — even cities like Phoenix — can be friendlier to pedestrians and commuters alike.
April 6, 2018
Water Storage At The Grand Canyon Reach Sustainable Levels
Water storage on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon has finally reached sustainable levels, after weeks of pipeline breaks and water restrictions.
April 5, 2018
Do Monarch Butterflies Need Federal Protection?
Monarch butterfly populations are declining and the feds are evaluating whether the insects need some kind of federal protection. The U.S. Agriculture Department is also trying to help conserve the monarchs. Here to talk about all of this is Gail Morris, the coordinator of the Arizona-based Southwest Monarch Study.
April 4, 2018
SRP Board One Step Closer To Renewable Energy Agenda
On Tuesday, two clean energy candidates were elected to the board of SRP, the municipal water and power utility that serves more than 1 million Arizonans.
April 4, 2018
ASU Professor Receives Stockholm Water Prize
In 1991, the Stockholm International Water Institute began giving the Stockholm Water Prize on an annual basis. It’s generally intended to recognize “outstanding achievements in water-related activities.” And this year, an ASU professor is sharing the prize with a scientist from the Netherlands.
April 3, 2018
Californians Are Back To Using About As Much Water As Before Drought
Since Gov. Jerry Brown called off California's drought emergency a year ago, we Californians seem to have gotten a little lazy when it comes to water conservation.
April 3, 2018
Court Rejects Flawed Mexican Gray Wolf Rule
A federal judge has rejected provisions in a 2015 federal management rule that unlawfully imposed roadblocks to recovery of the endangered Mexican wolf.
April 2, 2018
When A Drought Lasts 18 Years, Does It Need A New Name?
From the roof of Chuck McAfee’s adobe farmhouse in rural southwestern Colorado, you can see into three other states: Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. Mountain peaks are just barely visible above the horizon.
April 2, 2018
Research Says Great Pacific Garbage Patch Is Growing
New research says the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” is bigger than previously thought.
March 30, 2018
How The ‘Grand’ Became The ‘Colorado’ And What It Says About Our Relationship To Nature
Pull out a map of the United States’ desert Southwest and see if you can locate these rivers: Rio del Tizon, Rio San Rafael, or Rio Zanguananos. How about rivers named Tomichi, Nah-Un-Kah-Rea or Akanaquint?
March 30, 2018
Clean Energy Bill Has Strong Goals But Lacks Accountability
A controversial resolution mirrors the goals of a clean-energy initiative, but gives utilities an escape clause.
March 28, 2018
Arizona Republicans Push Competing Clean Energy Initiative
Arizona voters could see two ballot questions on the future of renewable energy this November election.
March 27, 2018
Arizona Conference Focuses On The Business Of Water
The business of water is a big part of the current and future plans for the state’s supply. That is the overarching topic of a conference being held Wednesday in Tucson.
March 27, 2018
How Climate Change Is Impacting Bald Eagles
Scientists from the Audubon Society and the National Park Service teamed up on a report that was issued late last week. From an Arizona standpoint, the most vital focus was on bald eagles at the Grand Canyon.
March 27, 2018