Sustainability

2020 delivers setbacks for 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.


Arizona’s renewable energy future at play in Corporation Commission races

PHOENIX – As election results come in, the Secretary of State’s Office shows that two Republicans and a Democrat appear to be leading in the race for three Arizona Corporation Commission seats.


Just before the election, poll on climate change suggests Arizona voters want more federal action

PHOENIX – Arizonans are more concerned with climate change and the environment this year, and it may affect their candidate choice in the election.


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.