Arizona Science Desk

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
Monsoons Help Fill Catchments For Arizona Wildlife
There are around 3,000 catchments around Arizona that provide water for animals. The Arizona Game and Fish Department says last year it had to put out nearly two and a half million gallons of water into those catchments to make up for the lack of rain.
Sept. 8, 2021
Star Trek Launched Scientist Into Planetary Exploration
Sept. 8 marks the 55th anniversary of "Star Trek," one of the most influential entertainment franchises in pop culture history. To celebrate, The Show spoke with a true Trekkie — ASU planetary geologist Dave Williams.
Sept. 8, 2021
Health Experts Concerned As New COVID-19 Mu Variant Emerges
The delta variant of COVID-19 continues its forceful spread as a highly contagious virus. And as if that wasn’t enough, scientists are learning more about the mu variant — which is likely to have its origins in South America.
Sept. 8, 2021
Latter-Day Saints Leaders Urge Utah To Get Vaccinated
Arizona is still in the lower end of residents who have achieved that designation. But our neighbor to the north — Utah — has an even lower percentage. Erin Alberty is a reporter for the Salt Lake Tribune. The Show spoke with her to learn about vaccinations and the Latter-day Saints in Utah.
Sept. 7, 2021
Scientists Studying Saturns Moon Get A Surprise
One of Saturn's moons, Enceladus, features plumes of water erupting from its South Pole, like geysers. Years after the Voyager missions, the Cassini probe did a fly-by through these plumes and took samples of what was in them; some of what researchers found in those samples was surprising.
Sept. 7, 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
CDC: Gaps In Non-COVID-19 Vaccinations Worsened By Pandemic
The CDC recommends a handful of vaccinations for 11- and 12-year-olds, along with catch-up and booster inoculations for teens over 15. But gaps remain, and the COVID-19 pandemic may have slowed progress toward closing them.
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
2021 Monsoon Season Is Second Wettest In 30 Years
September is the last official month of the monsoon season. In between 110 degree days, this summer was one of the wettest on record all throughout Arizona.
Sept. 5, 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
Rates Of Kids, Teens In ERs For COVID-19 Surge
New Centers for Disease Control and Prevention research shows cases of children and teens requiring serious medical care for COVID-19 climbed significantly this summer, especially in states with low vaccination rates.
Sept. 3, 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
Maricopa County Seeing Increase In West Nile Virus Cases
Maricopa County officials are seeing a significant increase in West Nile virus cases. Last year, three human cases of West Nile virus and one death were recorded in the county, said Department of Public Health epidemiologist Melissa Kretschmer.
Sept. 2, 2021
PG&E To Bury Power Lines To Reduce Wildfire Risk
PG&E said it plans to bury around 10,000 miles of power lines. The utility said it’s the “largest effort in the U.S. to underground power lines as a wildfire risk reduction measure.”
Sept. 2, 2021
Snake Born At Zoo Through Rare Asexual Reproduction
The Phoenix Zoo has welcomed a new baby that’s getting a lot of attention. The zoo has a new baby Brazilian rainbow boa constrictor that was born through the process of parthenogenesis, a type of asexual reproduction.
Sept. 2, 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
UA Researchers May Have Way To Help Sickest COVID-19 Patients
Researchers at the University of Arizona say they may have discovered what could be a key factor in determining how sick COVID-19 patients get and ultimately whether they survive their illness.
Sept. 2, 2021
AZ Pediatrician: Kids Are Getting Sicker From COVID-19
Glendale pediatrician Dr. Jason Vargas said he’s worried about “an alarming increase” in the proportion of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in young adults and children.
Sept. 2, 2021
How Phoenixs New Wi-Fi Canopy Delivers Internet To Students
Starting this week, the first 250,000 families in the Phoenix Union High School District and its feeder schools will get connected to what’s being called the Phoenix Digital Education Connection Canopy — a project aiming to bring internet to Phoenix-area students, thus eliminating a digital divide.
Sept. 2, 2021

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