Arizona Sustainability News

Monsoon Stories 2021: Rain And Wildlife
So far, Monsoon 2021 hasn’t disappointed. We’ve seen dark skies, cooler temps and, yes, rain. Lots of rain. It’s eased Arizona’s ongoing drought — for the time being, at least. For the plants and animals that call the Sonoran Desert home, all that rainfall can be a double-edged sword.
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Aug. 27, 2021
Pinal County Farmers Brace For CAP Water Cuts
After two decades of drought, reservoirs on the Colorado River are depleted, and the federal government has declared a water shortage, which will trigger cutbacks. Central Arizona farmers will bear the brunt of those cutbacks.
Aug. 23, 2021
Arizona Sees Increased Push For Electric Vehicles
A group of Arizona business and political leaders is calling on the federal government to make a “bold investment” in clean transportation, including electric vehicles. They say the move would benefit the environment and the economy, including creating more than 80,000 jobs in the state.
Aug. 19, 2021
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
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
Poetry, Music Renew Attention On Homelessness In Metro Phoenix
Poetry and music are two art forms which frequently address social justice issues. Arizona State University senior Austin Davis, who is the founder of AZ Hugs For Houseless, has combined both in a recent EP.
Aug. 16, 2021
San Carlos Lake Refilling Due To Busy Monsoon Season
San Carlos Lake, after running nearly empty due to drought and maintenance on the adjacent Coolidge Dam, is starting to refill. At one point in June, San Carlos Lake had 50 acre-feet of water, contributing to shortages for surrounding farmers.
Aug. 15, 2021
How The Pandemic Has Affected City Walkability
Among the countless parts of our lives that have been modified by the pandemic is transportation. More people worked from home for at least a year, and fewer of us are comfortable taking public transit. The Show spoke with Jeff Speck to learn more about how the pandemic has affected choices to get around on our own without cars or buses or light rail.
Aug. 12, 2021
Dairy Company Causing Water Worries In Southeastern AZ
A Minnesota-based dairy company is causing water worries for residents of southeastern Arizona. Riverview LLP has bought nearly 51,000 acres in Cochise County for their dairy farms — at a cost of more than $180 million. And residents say the company is digging deep wells and pumping out a lot of groundwater.
Aug. 11, 2021
Businesses Press Government Leaders For Action On Climate Change
Hundreds of companies have signed onto letters to government leaders, encouraging them to take action on climate change. The letters to President Joe Biden, Gov. Doug Ducey, Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly and others urge a goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% below 2005 levels by the end of the decade.
Aug. 9, 2021
From A Grand Canyon Raft, West’s Shifting Water Woes Come Into View
The Colorado River through the national park holds lessons for managing an essential and diminishing resource in a rapidly warming climate.
Aug. 9, 2021
Sinema: Infrastructure Bill Takes On Drought, Wildfires
The U.S. Senate is drawing closer to voting on a $1 trillion infrastructure bill brokered in part by Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema. Sen. Sinema released a video discussing what the package would mean for Arizonans, including how the bill would help Arizona through its long drought.
Aug. 8, 2021
Saguaro National Park Uses Herbicide On Buffelgrass
Saguaro National Park will resume aerial spraying for buffelgrass on the park’s eastern Rincon Mountain section this month.
Aug. 5, 2021
Construction Industry Launches Climate Change Initiative
A trade group representing contractors launched a new initiative Tuesday to push for more environmentally friendly construction.
Aug. 3, 2021
Even In An Epically Dry Year, Water Flows Into Parched Colorado River Delta
Seven years ago, a pulse of water on the Colorado River at the U.S.-Mexico border temporarily reconnected it to the Pacific Ocean. Scientists used the so-called “pulse flow” to study what plant and animal life returned to the desiccated delta along with water.
Aug. 3, 2021
Nonprofit Issues Report On Lake Powell Pipeline Proposal
The nonprofit Western Resource Advocates has issued a report on a proposed pipeline to Utah that could further deplete the receding Lake Powell.
Aug. 2, 2021
Detergent Pods: Not As Eco-Friendly As Advertised
Many companies tout the eco-friendliness of their detergent pods. But their dissolvable plastic casings rank as a top wastewater pollutant, and new model-based research suggests most of that plastic makes it into the environment.
Aug. 2, 2021
Lake Powell Hitting Record Low Signals Bleak Water Future
We might think of Lake Powell as a great place to spend vacation time, but it's also the nation's second-largest reservoir, and it just reached a new historic low — dropping to 3,555 feet. It's been dwindling for some time, but this latest drop has some broad implications for Arizona's water future.
July 28, 2021
Amtrak Proposes New Passenger Rail Service In AZ
Corporate leaders of Amtrak, Arizona business representatives and politicians participated in a roundtable discussion Tuesday to promote support for developing passenger rail service in the state.
July 27, 2021
ADEQ Seeks Input On Mine Near Grand Canyon
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is taking public comments on a plan to issue a new Aquifer Protection Permit for a uranium mine outside the Grand Canyon.
July 26, 2021

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