Arizona Sustainability News

Q&AZ: Does gravel landscape negatively impact urban heat island effect?
In an effort to conserve water during the long-term drought, residents around the Southwest are tearing out their grass and opting for desert landscaping — called hardscape — that primarily features gravel. Through KJZZ’s Q&AZ project, a listener asked: Does hardscape contribute negatively to the urban heat island effect?
Q&AZ: Does gravel landscape negatively impact urban heat island effect?
In an effort to conserve water during the long-term drought, residents around the Southwest are tearing out their grass and opting for desert landscaping — called hardscape — that primarily features gravel. Through KJZZ’s Q&AZ project, a listener asked: Does hardscape contribute negatively to the urban heat island effect?
Aug. 6, 2022
5 litters of endangered black-footed ferrets born at Phoenix Zoo
A successful breeding season for endangered black-footed ferrets has produced five litters at the Phoenix Zoo. Now the zoo is asking the public to help choose their names.
Aug. 3, 2022
Heat may raise risks of heart attacks for some meds users
Staying out of the heat – especially in Arizona this time of year – is always good advice. But new research shows it might be especially vital for people who use certain cardiovascular medications.
Aug. 3, 2022
Proposed system could predict flash droughts by weeks or months
Climate change is expected to worsen water shortages, including short-lived, hard-to-predict flash droughts. New research proposes a global early warning system that could help farmers save their crops.
Jul. 29, 2022
House approves bill to let tribes to lease Colorado River water
Sponsored by Democratic Reps. Raul Grijalva and Greg Stanton, the bill authorizes the Colorado River Indian Tribes to lease water gained through conservation.
Jul. 31, 2022
Electric vehicle rides, charging stations and more at Tempe expo Friday
The latest electric vehicles will be on display at Tempe’s Center for the Arts this Friday as the city tries to increase EV awareness, interest and use.
Jul. 27, 2022
Upper Colorado River leaders push back against federal ask for conservation
One of Colorado’s top water officials says he cannot enforce recent federal demands to start conserving more on the Colorado River.
Jul. 27, 2022
AZ continued to post gains in solar industry jobs in 2021
A nonprofit has issued a report on job growth created by solar energy in 2021 and says that Arizona continued to post new jobs in the industry.
Jul. 26, 2022
Old bus has new life as a traveling shower for unsheltered people
In Flagstaff, a local organization is offering a “Shower Bus” with free showers and bathrooms for those experiencing homelessness.
Jul. 25, 2022
Climate change could make wet ecosystems act more like dry ones
A new paper says global warming and drying trends can make wetter ecosystems act more like dry ones. The authors argue ecosystem models need to reflect such possibilities.
Jul. 22, 2022
Mexico will build 5 additional solar plants in Sonora
Sonora has become a test site for major solar energy projects in Mexico since the announcement last year that a massive new solar plant would be built near Rocky Point. Now, officials are planning additional facilities in the state.
Jul. 21, 2022
Grand Canyon applying water conservation measures to South Rim
Grand Canyon National Park announced that it has implemented new water conservation measures at the South Rim due to a lack of water resources.
Jul. 22, 2022
Flagstaff is working with APS to go carbon neutral by 2030
Flagstaff will work with Arizona Public Service to reduce its carbon footprint.
Jul. 18, 2022
Sustainability influencer works to make ethical fashion accessible
Zahra Biabani has always been passionate about sustainability, but her newest venture marries that love with fashion. It’s called In The Loop, and with it, she and cofounder Megan McSherry are hoping to make sustainable fashion more accessible to young people like them.
Jul. 18, 2022
2 ASU experts join climate change national security panel
Climate change likely will spark a variety of national security challenges. Last week, two ASU experts joined a new national Climate Security Roundtable to assess and address those risks for the Climate Security Advisory Council.
Jul. 15, 2022
Heres how you can weigh in on changes to fishing rules
The Arizona Game and Fish Department is seeking public input on proposed changes to the 2023-24 Arizona fishing regulations. The department’s fishing regulations are updated every two years.
Jul. 17, 2022
AMLO: Major solar plant underway in Sonora will be replicated in other border states
After a visit to the United States, Mexico’s president says his country could help provide energy to the U.S. through major investments in new solar farms.
Jul. 14, 2022
Flagstaffs Fix-it Clinics help keep gadgets out of landfills
When something of yours breaks, is your first inclination to try to fix it? Or is it to just get a new one? Flagstaff officials want you to think more of the former, and July 16, they’re hosting a Fix-it Clinic to give residents a hand.
Jul. 14, 2022
EVERY LAST DROP: Gray water’s potential clouded by complexity
“Reduce, reuse and recycle” are conservation bywords, and water is no exception. Yet there’s one kind of drinking water — neither completely clean nor fully filthy — that Arizonans flush down the drain every day.
Special series: "Every Last Drop"
Jul. 13, 2022
EVERY LAST DROP: How much can at-home conservation impact Arizonas water shortage?
The Southwest’s ongoing drought has put the spotlight on water conservation. Experts agree it’s an important part of the solution. But what does conservation mean to the average Arizonan? Shorter showers? No more grass lawns? What really matters might surprise you.
Jul. 11, 2022