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TEMPE – Outdoor spaces can be certified as sustainable under the SITES program. California, Texas and other states have been quick to adopt the standards, but Arizona has not. ASU is an exception.
Artist and Arizona State University professor Adriene Jenik thought giving tarot card readings on climate change was “nutty.” But scientists supported her, and now she’s given thousands of ECOtarot readings all over the world to address eco-anxiety.
TEMPE – Engineers at Arizona State University have worked on a MechanicalTree that passively collects and repurposes carbon from the atmosphere. With carbon emissions continuing to rise, they view this tree as a potential solution to slow climate change.
PHOENIX – Three years ago, Maya Dailey risked losing the urban farmland she had spent seven years renting and cultivating. A conservation easement through Phoenix’s new Farmland Preservation Program, managed by the Central Arizona Land Trust, saved Maya’s Farm.
PHOENIX – Dmytro Kushneruk, the consul general of Ukraine in San Francisco, detailed the horrors of war in Ukraine and asked for assistance for citizens of the country during a special joint session of the Arizona Legislature.
Engineers at Arizona State University have designed a model “tree” that will passively collect and repurpose carbon from the atmosphere. With carbon emissions on the rise, they view this tree as a solution to slow climate change. Yet, many trees would be needed to make a difference.
Outdoor spaces can be certified as sustainable under the SITES program. California,Texas and other states have been quick to adopt the standards, but Arizona has shied away from them. ASU is an exception.
KINGMAN – Residents in lower Mohave County who attribute their illnesses to the nuclear testing at the Nevada National Security Site continue to be left out of RECA compensation. New legislation is being introduced to include them in the compensation.
FLAGSTAFF – The Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff celebrated the 92nd anniversary of astronomer Clyde Tombaugh’s discovery of Pluto, which now is designated a dwarf planet.
Scientists at the University of Arizona are testing how plants respond to their environment.
TUCSON – Scientists at the University of Arizona are testing how plants respond to their environment. Their goal is to engineer plants so they can withstand the effects of climate change.
PHOENIX – The ongoing project aims to bring drinking water to the Navajo Nation, the Jicarilla Apache Nation and Gallup, New Mexico. Some residents have received water while others are still waiting.
TEMPE – Scientists and climate experts are trying to find new ways to help people understand the impact of climate change. Instead of a bulleted presentation, some of them are turning to a different medium – the theater.
CASA GRANDE — Arizona rivers and reservoirs saw record low water levels last year as megadrought and rising temperatures continue. The forecast for 2022 isn’t much better.
The ongoing project aims to bring drinking water to the Navajo Nation, the Jicarilla Apache Nation and Gallup, New Mexico. Some residents have received water while others are still waiting.
The executive director of Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute urges caution around holiday gatherings as COVID cases continue to increase.
Sediment in the Verde River continues to pile up behind Horseshoe Dam north of Cave Creek, reducing the amount of water the reservoir can store. Water experts are considering raising the height of Bartlett Dam, which is further downstream, as a possible solution.
PHOENIX – The COVID-19 pandemic prompted Americans to take on new hobbies. Gardening was one of the hottest trends of the year.
Across the nation, many people flocked to gardening as a way to stay busy and grow food during the COVID lockdown. As the world starts to adjust back to normal, local seed groups and urban farm partners are finding ways to encourage sustainable seed preservation in the community.
Within two hours of hearing arguments, justices on the Arizona Supreme Court agreed that the legislature violated the state’s constitution by including new laws that ban masks in schools.
The headline from NOAA, and climate researchers is that the Southwest is still experiencing drought conditions which will persist in coming months.
Nancy Caywood has worked on her grandfather’s farm in Pinal County since she was young. She should have a full field of alfalfa, but since the San Carlos Irrigation District shut off her water due to the drought, her fields are empty and dry.
The nomination of Chief Chris Magnus to be commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection got its first hearing.
NASA launched a new program called OpenET and it monitors the loss of water across the western U.S.
CASA GRANDE – Nancy Caywood should have a full field of alfalfa now, but since the San Carlos Irrigation District shut off her water because of drought, her fields are empty and dry.
Bartram’s stonecrop, a succulent that’s found in the Santa Rita Mountains in southern Arizona and northern Mexico, is being listed as a "threatened" species under the Endangered Species Act, which will give it certain protections, starting Sept. 30.
New projections show that Lake Mead and Lake Powell could reach "critically low reservoir elevations" sooner than expected, spurring experts to say that "bold actions" will be needed to change course.
Bartram’s stonecrop is a rare succulent native to southern Arizona and northern Mexico. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will officially list it as threatened under the Endangered Species Act this week.
WASHINGTON - After months of work and millions of dollars, the contractors investigating Maricopa County's elections were able to answer one question Friday - President Joe Biden did win. Otherwise, they spent hours raising questions and calling for more investigation.
WASHINGTON - New projections show that Lake Mead and Lake Powell could reach "critically low reservoir elevations" sooner than expected, spurring experts to say that "bold actions" will be needed to change course.
PHOENIX – Arizona’s senators are being urged to support the “Build Back Better” budget to provide funding for clean energy initiatives and jobs to address the effects of climate change as extreme heat becomes more common.
PHOENIX – An Arizona researcher is blending research and art to help educate the Latinx community about COVID-19.
WASHINGTON - The House passed a pair of bills Thursday that would provide a path to citizenship for Dreamers and legal status to undocumented farmworkers.
PHOENIX – Recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program have mixed feelings about the immigration plan outlined by President Joe Biden.