Arizona Science Desk

Are Buildings The Elephant In The Room For Climate Change Goals?
Several cities across Arizona have announced efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, in an effort to curb the impact of climate change. And UA assistant professor Jonathan Bean says this conversation needs to expand from focusing on modes of transportation to include the buildings we’re in.
Aug. 18, 2021
Will Vaccinated People Need Booster Shots Now? ASU Expert Weighs In
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now recommending a third dose of a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine for some immunocompromised people. The agency is also considering recommending booster shots for all adults.
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Aug. 17, 2021
Banner Health Opens New Pediatric Behavioral Unit In Glendale
The pandemic threw into sharp relief the mental health challenges faced by many populations in the U.S. One of the worst is kids.
Aug. 17, 2021
Why Data Centers Are Flocking To Central Arizona
Data centers require huge amounts of energy and water to keep their facilities and equipment cooled down for optimum performance; so why are these companies setting up shop in hot, dry central Arizona?
Aug. 17, 2021
How Colorado River Water Cuts Could Impact Arizona Farmers
Pinal County farmers will be taking the brunt of water cuts to the Colorado River — up to 60%.
Aug. 17, 2021
Humble: AZDHS Positions Requirements Need To Be Revised
Dr. Cara Christ, director of the state's Department of Health Services, announced she would be resigning from the position. Will Humble, executive director of the Arizona Public Health Association and a former director of AZDHS, took a look at the state’s requirements for the position and he tweeted his findings.
Aug. 16, 2021
Study Stumbles But Raises Awareness About Long COVID-19
Recently, a survey of self-reported Long COVID-19 sufferers garnered attention for listing more than 200 symptoms across 10 organ systems. Though it supported only limited conclusions, the study brought new attention to a condition that still afflicts 20-30% of people who have had the virus.
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Aug. 16, 2021
AZ Health Department Reports 3,000+ COVID Cases For 2nd Straight Day
The Arizona Department of Health Services is reporting a second straight day of more than 3,000 new COVID-19 cases. The state reported 3,418 additional cases on Saturday, along with 1,601 Covid-19 inpatients in state hospitals.
Aug. 14, 2021
CDC Report: Vaccine Benefits Far Outweigh Side-Effect Risks
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has continued to recommend the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines despite rare follow-on cases of heart inflammation. Now, the group also finds the rewards of using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine outweigh the risks of rare side effects.
As COVID-19 Cases Rise, More Arizonans Are Getting Vaccinated
Aug. 13, 2021
As COVID-19 Cases Rise, More In AZ Getting Vaccinated
COVID-19 cases are soaring in Arizona. But the pace of vaccinations in the state appears to be picking up in response.
Aug. 13, 2021
Dignity Health To Require COVID Vaccine For Employees
With the state averaging more than 2,700 new COVID-19 cases daily, ICUs are filling up even as hospitals report staffing shortages. Now, Dignity Health has announced it will require all employees to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus by Nov. 1.
Aug. 13, 2021
Podcast Explores Families Left With Questions After At-Home DNA Kits
At-home DNA kits have been growing in popularity. Ads on TV show happy people getting answers about who they are and where their family comes from. But Samuel Burke has stories of people who got some answers, but also a lot more questions.
Aug. 13, 2021
Years After Coal Mines Close On Navajo And Hopi Land, Some Are Concerned About Cleanup
For half a century, Navajo and Hopi tribal lands were the site of one of the largest coal mining operations in the Western U.S. Years after the mines closed, some Navajo and Hopi citizens have concerns about what’s been left behind.
Aug. 12, 2021
Nurses Are Exhausted And Getting Angry
The delta variant has seen a spike in COVID-19 cases across the U.S. Hospitals are preparing for surges in cases while dealing with staffing shortages and more. To learn how Arizona nurses are faring, The Show spoke with Dawna Cato, chief executive officer of the Arizona Nurses Association.
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Aug. 11, 2021
VA Mandating Worker Vaccines, Enforcement May Be A Challenge
The Department of Veterans Affairs said its frontline health workers must get vaccinated by mid-September or they'll lose their jobs.
Aug. 11, 2021
Grijalva Says Climate Report Shows Need For Action
A recent report on climate change says the problem has reached a crisis level and will have consequences for billions of people.
Aug. 10, 2021
Banner Health Currently Short More Than 1,000 Nurses
Arizona is now averaging more than 2,700 new COVID-19 cases per day — more than four times what the state was reporting a month ago. As hospitalizations climb, hospitals are once again concerned over staffing shortages.
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Aug. 10, 2021
Research Predicts Decade-Long Increase In Wildfires
New research looked at one watershed in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in eastern California to see how climate change interacts with plants and the other vegetation that can become fuel for wildfires.
Aug. 10, 2021
Vaccine Mandates: Who Can Require Proof Of The Shot?
As we watch those COVID-19 numbers go up, we’re also seeing more organizations, companies and governments announce vaccine mandates — a controversial approach to stopping yet another wave of infections in the U.S.
Aug. 10, 2021
Lake Powell Still Has Plenty Of Water For Recreation
Low water levels at Lake Powell have made launching a houseboat nearly impossible, but there is plenty of opportunity for recreation at the lake. Park Superintendent William Shott says that In spite of the drought, the lake has plenty of water and thousands of miles of shoreline to explore.
Aug. 9, 2021