Arizona Sustainability News

Colorado River Tribes Want To Lease Water For Non-Tribal Use
The Colorado River Indian Tribes on the western edge of Arizona have the largest share of first-priority Colorado River water rights in the state. Now, the tribal council is proposing to lease some of its water for non-tribal use.
Nov. 30, 2020
A Third Of Arizona Is In Exceptional Drought
At the start of this year, less than a third of Arizona was experiencing drought conditions. Now, the entire state is.
Nov. 25, 2020
Biden To Include Special Envoy For Climate On Security Council
Climate change is an ongoing — and growing concern — around the world, and particularly here in the Southwest as we recently emerged from the hottest summer on record in Phoenix. The Trump administration hasn’t made dealing with climate change a priority, but there are already signs the incoming Biden administration will.
Nov. 24, 2020
Prescott Forest Restrictions Aim To Help Bald Eagles
Prescott National Forest officials say part of Lynx Lake will be closed starting next month to provide protection to nesting bald eagles.
Nov. 19, 2020
Endangered Fish Released Into Sea Of Cortez, Where Poaching Rampant
Mexican officials helped release captive bred fish into the Sea of Cortez, where they are considered endangered because of poaching.
Nov. 18, 2020
Flagstaff Receives Recognition For Sustainability Efforts
Flagstaff has received recognition by a global nonprofit for its work in sustainability. The Carbon Disclosure Project has put Flagstaff on its A list for the second year in a row.
Nov. 18, 2020
2020 Delivers Setbacks For Some Long-Planned Western Water Projects
Proposals to divert water in New Mexico, Nevada and Utah have run up against significant legal, financial and political roadblocks this year. But while environmental groups have cheered the setbacks, it’s still unclear whether these projects have truly hit dead ends or are simply waiting in the wings.
Nov. 17, 2020
How Heat, Wildfires And Drought Are Changing Arizonas Wine Industry
This summer was one of the hottest on record in Arizona. The monsoon season was more of a "non-soon," and wildfires ravaged much of the state. We do have at least one great thing going for us — a burgeoning wine industry. How did all of this — the heat, no rain, wildfires — affect the state’s various wine regions this year?
Nov. 13, 2020
Professor Urges Biden Administration To Make Water Policy A Priority
In an essay earlier this month, University of Wisconsin professor Manny Teodoro argues that water policy is the environmental issue the Biden administration should take up first in 2021 — in part, because it may be something Democrats and Republicans can agree on.
Nov. 12, 2020
Analyst: Expansion Of Electric Vehicles Would Lead To More Jobs
Consumer Reports recently sent letters to Gov. Doug Ducey and leaders in other Western states calling on them to lead the charge for an expansion of new vehicle technology. Alfred Artis is a sustainability policy analyst with Consumer Reports. The Show spoke with him for more on what expanding electric vehicle lineups could do for Arizona.
Nov. 11, 2020
From The Motor City To A Riverbank Near You
In southwestern Colorado, that’s made clear by the canyons and floodplains shaped by the Dolores River as it travels to meet the Colorado River in eastern Utah. But you don’t need to be a longtime river rafter like Sam Carter to see some of the ways humans have tried to control erosion for their benefit.
Nov. 10, 2020
Some Farmers Take New Approach To Soil Health
A new documentary series done in collaboration with Arizona State University follows ranchers and farmers across North America and the United Kingdom as they try a new approach to their work. Fourth-generation rancher Will Harris from Bluffton, Georgia, is one of those featured in the 10-part series called "Carbon Cowboys."
Nov. 4, 2020
Arizona Utility Regulators Approve New Rules On Carbon-Free Energy
Last week, the Arizona Corporation Commission approved changes to the state’s renewable energy standards. Arizona’s public electric utilities will have to get half of their energy from carbon-free sources, like solar and nuclear energy, by 2035 — and all of it by 2050.
Nov. 2, 2020
Can Southwest Produce Enough Locally Grown Food For Its Population?
Many parts of the Southwest would not be able to meet their food needs just from food grown within 155 miles. That’s among the findings of new research, which looked at whether more than 370 metro areas across the country could grow all the food they’d need locally.
Oct. 28, 2020
Forest Management Easier Said Than Done
In June of 2002, nearly half a million acres burned in the Arizona high country. At the time, the Rodeo-Chediski Fire was the largest wildfire in the state’s history. There was too much fuel in the forest, a buildup that began more than a century ago. Enough people saw the record-breaking fire and agreed that something needed to be done to prevent the next big fire.
Oct. 23, 2020
Mexico And U.S. Settle Water Conflict Near The Border
A 1940s water agreement between Mexico and the U.S. recently ignited a protest by farmworkers in a Mexican border state southeast of Arizona. But despite the controversy, the Mexican government is saying the deal has been settled.
Oct. 22, 2020
In Grasslands, Wildfires Fuel Calls For New Solutions
In the West, wildfires don’t just happen in forests. Researchers are looking at how fighting invasive species could help prevent drought-fueled fires on the range. Our look at where water and fire intersect across the region continues.
Oct. 22, 2020
Wildfires Jeopardize Access To Drinking Water
For many western communities, their water supplies originate from melting snow, high up in the mountains. But this summer’s record-breaking wildfires have reduced some headwater forests to burnt trees and heaps of ash.
Oct. 21, 2020
Decades-Old Blaze Marked Start Of Megafire Era
After the massive 1988 fires were extinguished in Yellowstone, plenty of thorny questions remained. What did those fires mean for the park’s near-pristine rivers and lakes? And what is their legacy?
Oct. 19, 2020
Environmental Group Says Fort Huachuca Is Damaging San Pedro River
An environmental group filed a lawsuit against Fort Huachuca, accusing the military base of covering up reports that they are hurting the environment. The Center for Biological Diversity is suing the fort, to release reports about their groundwater pumping. They allege that the Fort is covering up reports that show the pumping is damaging the San Pedro River.
Oct. 9, 2020