Sustainability

The problem with plastics: Production outpacing efforts to keep it out of rivers, oceans

Arizona State is part of a monumental international study showing how our addiction to plastic is choking the planet’s oceans and waterways.


APS wants to raise rates, but during pandemic, many Arizonans aren’t on board

PHOENIX – APS has proposed a $184 million rate hike, but opponents say that ignores the financial burden ratepayers have borne since March, when the COVID-19 pandemic was declared.


Homeowners who avoid wildfire damage can find themselves in new flood zone

Major wildfires have burned through the Western U.S. this year, and people who live near burn scars can find themselves in a new flood zone.


Arizona cities defend progress after slipping in clean energy ranking

WASHINGTON - Local officials pushed back against a new report that showed three Arizona cities slipping in a national ranking on clean-energy policies, saying the report does not appear to reflect their clean- and renewable-energy efforts.


For the West’s drinking water, wildfire concerns linger long after smoke clears

Wildfires don’t just cause problems while they’re burning. For municipal drinking water systems, fires are felt for years after they’re snuffed out.


As Western fires burn, focus narrows on forest management. But it’s easier said than done.

The massive fires that have burned this year don’t just alter forests, they impact water supplies. But a record-breaking wildfire season could refocus efforts to better manage forests.


Fire damage, ‘smoke taint’ add to challenges for Napa wineries during peak of harvest

LOS ANGELES – Napa Valley wineries have combated smoke taint, coronavirus restrictions and wildfire destruction in 2020, requiring experts to look at the future of wine and the impacts of climate change.


As Jupiter dazzles in the night sky, new research suggests its moons are warming each other

PHOENIX – A recent study at the University of Arizona helped researchers understand how “tidal heating” among Jupiter’s many moons is raising their temperatures.


Hot up ahead: Arizona will have more ‘extreme heat’ days, researchers say

PHOENIX – A new Arizona State University study finds climate change and urban development will increase extreme heat for Arizona, and other cities, over the coming decades.


Sharpshooters could target Grand Canyon bison by 2021 under herd plan

WASHINGTON - State and federal officials have agreed on a plan that includes bringing in volunteer sharpshooters to cut the number of bison on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, perhaps as early as next year.

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Climate change likely to keep hammering Colorado River’s biggest reservoirs

The Colorado River’s biggest reservoirs don’t have much relief in sight, according to a new model from the Bureau of Reclamation. Because of this year’s hot and dry conditions, the model shows an increasing likelihood of an official shortage on the river in the next five years.


Sen. McSally, Mark Kelly clash over issues ranging from COVID-19 to border security in Senate debate

PHOENIX – Martha McSally and challenger Mark Kelly clashed over border security, COVID-19 response, and China in the only public debate of the 2020 U.S. Senate race.