Sustainability

Proposal to protect Joshua trees from climate change proves divisive

PHOENIX – A petition to list Joshua trees as threatened in California has residents of one small town in disagreement, with some arguing the protections will negatively impact the town’s economy.


Efforts to cool Phoenix include pale pavement coating to reflect sunlight

PHOENIX – An off-white asphalt sealant could help mitigate Phoenix’s urban heat island troubles by reflecting sunlight instead of absorbing and holding it overnight.


Fuel buildup puts Arizona communities at wildfire risk

Researchers say one way to live with fire is to thin fuel. In the desert, that means brush and invasive grasses. In the high country, that means ponderosa pine.


Arizona communities at high risk during wildfire season

Conservationists say it's important for Arizona communities to learn how to live with fire, to thin fuel in and around their communities.


Comet NEOWISE draws eyes to skies for first time in thousands of years

PHOENIX – Comet NEOWISE will be the closest to the Earth on Thursday. It was discovered in late March here in Arizona, and it’s been visible in the night sky since early July.


‘Alien abductions’ of humpback chub help frame future of Colorado River

Field research in the Grand Canyon is just restarting after being banned all spring as a coronavirus precaution. Reporter Judy Fahys of InsideClimate News visited last year and discovered why this data-gathering is crucial for the environment and for people who rely on the water that runs through it.


Legal challenges to border wall continue – and so does construction

PHOENIX – The border wall construction continues despite multiple legal challenges from conservation groups who claim biodiversity is being altered and environmental laws ignored to fast-track construction.


Improperly disposed of PPE raises environmental concerns

PHOENIX – An influx of disposable personal protective equipment produced in the fight against the novel coronavirus is raising alarms among conservationists and scientists.


Democrats climate plan signals shift toward environmental justice

WASHINGTON – House Democrats released a 547-page action plan outlining goals and legislation for combatting the climate change crisis.


Former NFL standout Chris Long helps bring Navajos much needed water

PHOENIX - One in three Navajo Nation residents don’t have a sink or toilet, according to DigDeep’s Navajo Water Project. Chris Long and his foundation have pledged $100,000 to improve water access for the Navajo Nation.


The one that got away: A look at Glen Canyon 40 years after it was filled

When work on the Glen Canyon Dam was finished on the Colorado River in 1966, it marked an important development for water management in the West and created Lake Powell. It also marked a grim milestone for environmentalists who have never forgotten the loss of the spectacular canyon.


Central Arizona housing boom tees up opportunity for water investors

PHOENIX – The Phoenix water-investment company Greenstone stands to make millions if state and federal regulators approve the transfer of water rights from La Paz County land it owns to fast growing Queen Creek. Critics call the deal a start down a slippery slope as urban areas of the state attract more and more people during a long term drought.