Sustainability

Beetles vs. birds: What happens when fighting nature with nature backfires?

COTTONWOOD – Beetles used in a biological control program from nearly two decades ago continue to threaten nesting habitat for the endangered southwestern willow flycatcher.


Future for Mexican solar seems bright, even under new administration

HERMOSILLO, Mexico – Several large solar projects in Sonora are soon to come fully online, including one of the largest in Latin America. Much of this expansion came from energy reforms pushed by President Enrique Peña Nieto, but with a new administration in power, will the progress continue?


Officials hopeful ‘fire funding fix’ helps tame brutal wildfire seasons

WASHINGTON – After years of wrangling, Congress last year passed the "fire funding fix" that creates a $2.25 billion emergency fund that federal officials can tap when the cost of fighting wildfires exceeds the budget, as it has done regularly for years now.


Nonprofit shop is a hub for Tempe cycling community – and a recycling project

TEMPE – Bike Saviours, a cooperative in Tempe, not only teaches customers how to fix their bikes, its volunteers help them build bikes from scratch using donated parts.


Food insecurity a challenge for nearly half of college students in the U.S.

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 48 percent of college students in 2016 reported food insecurity. Some universities, including Arizona State University and Santa Monica College in California, have programs to help.


Additional carcinogens prompt changes at groundwater plant at Tucson Superfund site

PHOENIX – The operators of a treatment plant near a Superfund site in Tucson have made some changes after the discovery of perfluorinated chemicals in groundwater. Authorities blame the contamination on manufacturing activities and unlined landfills near the airport decades ago.


With deadline looming, can Arizona Legislature agree to complex drought plan?

PHOENIX – Arizona’s 90 lawmakers have to approve a Drought Contingency Plan by the end of January, but can they digest the complexities and produce a plan that’s equitable for farms and cities?


Save water, drink beer: Camp Verde collaboration swaps corn for barley

CAMP VERDE – A collaboration among Camp Verde farmers, investors and the Nature Conservancy has reduced Verde River water usage by getting farmers to swap our summer corn for winter barley, a key ingredient in beer.


Filling bellies and landfills: Meal prep kits are convenient, but at a cost

LOS ANGELES – Those prepared meal kits delivered to your door offer quick convenience, but they leave a larger environmental footprint than you might think. They also require consumers to think about proper disposal of packaging, particularly plastics.