Arizona Sustainability News


Sen. Kelly Visits Tempe For Rio Reimagined Summit
Sen. Mark Kelly was in Tempe on Friday to discuss the Rio Reimagined project with local leaders. The senator is optimistic the project can figure into the Valley’s plans for water management.
Sept. 17, 2021
Climate Change Raises Risk For Outdoor Workers
The warming climate will soon begin squeezing workers' pocketbooks as intense heat begins limiting when and how long they can work outside.
Sept. 17, 2021
Climate Effects Of Wildfire Clouds Remains Hazy
Wildfires are on the rise and expected to increase further due to climate change. But the overall climate effects of clouds caused by wildfires remains hazy. A new study that further muddies the waters.
Sept. 16, 2021
SRP Approves Coolidge Natural Gas Plant Expansion
Salt River Project’s board of directors has approved a plan that would more than double the size of a natural gas burning-plant in Coolidge. But conservationists say the utility will struggle to reach its clean energy goals if the plant is built.
Sept. 14, 2021
2011 Book On Phoenixs Lack Of Sustainability Still Resonates
Ten years ago, New York University Professor Andrew Ross had a book published called "Bird on Fire: Lessons from the World’s Least Sustainable City." The title itself was controversial and thought-provoking, and Ross faced criticism. But the ideas and opinions in his book are just as relevant — if not more so — today.
Sept. 14, 2021
Scientists Propose Covering Canals With Solar Panels
Researchers in California have come up with an idea they say would save water by preventing evaporation: covering the state’s nearly 4,000 miles of canals with solar panels.
Sept. 13, 2021
AZ Climate Activists Urge Congress To Pass Bidens Plan
Environmentalists gathered at the state Capitol on Friday morning, urging Congress to pass President Biden’s “Build Back Better” plan as part of his budget proposal. It would allocate $3.5 trillion in spending for climate change initiatives, health care and public schools.
Sept. 10, 2021
▶ This Weeks #AZNumber: 8%
#AZNumbers is a weekly segment featuring thoughts and insight into Arizona's economic news. This week's number: 8%. Listen to the KJZZ business block with Heather van Blokland weekdays at 6 p.m. on 91.5 FM or stream it on
Sept. 10, 2021
Study: Solar Could Account For 40% Of Grid By 2035
A Department of Energy study has found that solar could account for as much as 40% of the power grid by 2035.
Sept. 9, 2021
New Global Atlas Monitors Coral Reefs In Unprecedented Detail
About half a billion people and one-quarter of all marine life depend on coral reefs, which face global destruction due to pollution, overfishing, acidification and climate change. A new global monitoring system and public data source could help confront the catastrophe.
Sept. 8, 2021
Sonora Could Be Leader In Mexico’s Transition To Electric Vehicles
Neighboring Sonora is home to large deposits of lithium, and the state’s incoming governor says that makes it the perfect location to pilot the use of electric vehicles. Governor-elect Alfonso Durazo says he wants to see Sonora lead the way to a transition from gas-powered to electric cars in Mexico.
Sept. 7, 2021
Creating Incentives To Pay For Water Could Help Shortages
After the federal government declared the first water shortage on the Colorado River in August, Arizona farmers have started to plan for water cutbacks which begin next year. But one proposed solution requires that everyone cut back, with financial penalties if they don't.
Sept. 6, 2021
Joint Editorial In Health Journals: Climate Cant Wait For Pandemic
A joint editorial published across more than 200 prestigious medical and public health journals says the world cannot wait for the present pandemic to resolve before confronting a looming, and far worse, health challenge: irreversible climate change.
Sept. 6, 2021
Projects On Colorado Keep Coming Despite Shortage
The Bureau of Reclamation recently declared a water shortage on the Colorado River, but that hasn’t stopped states from proposing new water projects. Just about every drop on the Colorado River is accounted for. But climate change has reduced the amount of water in the system.
Sept. 6, 2021
Fish And Wildlife Rejects Proposal To Shrink Jaguar Habitat Near Tucson
Federal regulators on Friday rejected a mining company’s request to reduce the size of a habitat for endangered jaguars in the Santa Rita Mountains near Tucson. Hudbay Minerals petitioned the removal of 50,000 acres of land, which would contain the proposed Rosemont Copper Mine.
Sept. 5, 2021
Monsoon Stories: Phoenixs Water Past, Present, Future
In this episode of KJZZ's Monsoon Stories, The Show dives into urban water — and how monsoon rains can help, or hurt, our city’s ability to grow in the future.
Sept. 3, 2021
Author Tracks Waters Influence On Humanity In New Book
In his new book, "Water: A Biography," Giulio Boccaletti attempts to tell the history of water from ancient times to the present and how influential it has been — and continues to be.
Sept. 2, 2021
Judge Tosses Trump Rollback Of Clean Water Safeguards
A federal judge has thrown out a Trump-era rule that ended federal protections for hundreds of thousands of small streams, wetlands and other waterways and left them vulnerable to pollution from nearby development.
Sept. 1, 2021
Tonto National Forest Taking Comments On Fee Proposal
The Tonto National Forest is seeking the public’s input on a proposal to charge a fee for a couple of popular recreation areas near Payson.
Aug. 30, 2021
Queen Creeks Colorado River Water Plan Open For Public Comment
The Bureau of Reclamation will assess a proposal to transfer water from a farm near the Colorado River to Queen Creek. The town has spent years looking for reliable sources of water, and critics worry the plan will open the door for water speculators.
Aug. 30, 2021