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Detergent Pods: Not As Eco-Friendly As Advertised
Many companies tout the eco-friendliness of their detergent pods. But their dissolvable plastic casings rank as a top wastewater pollutant, and new model-based research suggests most of that plastic makes it into the environment.
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Lake Powell Hitting Record Low Signals Bleak Water Future
We might think of Lake Powell as a great place to spend vacation time, but it's also the nation's second-largest reservoir, and it just reached a new historic low — dropping to 3,555 feet. It's been dwindling for some time, but this latest drop has some broad implications for Arizona's water future.
Jul. 28, 2021
Amtrak Proposes New Passenger Rail Service In AZ
Corporate leaders of Amtrak, Arizona business representatives and politicians participated in a roundtable discussion Tuesday to promote support for developing passenger rail service in the state.
Jul. 27, 2021
ADEQ Seeks Input On Mine Near Grand Canyon
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is taking public comments on a plan to issue a new Aquifer Protection Permit for a uranium mine outside the Grand Canyon.
Jul. 26, 2021
Drought Continues To Impact Navajo Nation
The largest Native American reservation in the U.S. is continuing to struggle with drought conditions. The majority of the Navajo Nation is in extreme or exceptional drought.
Jul. 20, 2021
Mexico Plans To Build Huge Solar Plant In Sonora By 2023
Working with state leaders, Mexico plans to build the world’s eighth-largest solar farm in neighboring Sonora that’s expected to be up and running by the end of 2023.
Jul. 19, 2021
Glendale Proposes Rate Hikes For Water And Sewer
The Glendale City Council next week will hold a meeting on proposed water and sewer rate increases.
Jul. 19, 2021
Climate Scientist Describes Role Individuals Play In Climate Change In New Book
President Joe Biden has brought the U.S. back into the Paris Climate Agreement, and there are efforts to reduce carbon emissions in an effort to slow climate change. But climate scientist Kimberly Nicholas says we all have a part to play in that.
Jul. 16, 2021
The Bones Are Already There: Could 15-Minute Cities Catch On In The Phoenix Area?
Some planners are touting the idea of the "15-minute city" — an idea popularized in Paris in which residents are able to do most, if not all, of what they need and want to do within 15 minutes of their homes. Could that idea work in the Phoenix area?
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Jul. 8, 2021
A Pretty Bleak Year: The Southwests Water Demands Are Straining The Colorado River
Extreme heat and prolonged drought have put an enormous strain on the Colorado River. As a result the life blood of the Southwest is maxed out. The 40 million people that rely on its waters are now facing pending water shortages and cutbacks. KUNC’s Luke Runyon traveled along the 1,400 miles of the Colorado.
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Jul. 8, 2021
More Trees? Compost? Weigh In On Citys Climate Plan
Phoenix is looking for input on its climate action plan. An online survey that can take as little as five minutes to complete asks residents and business owners to rank priorities and activities to limit climate change.
Jul. 6, 2021
Arizona Game And Fish Bans Trail Cameras For Hunting
The Arizona Game and Fish Commission unanimously approved a ban on trail cameras, used to take pictures and videos to aid hunting. The commission ruled that the cameras breach the Fair Chase Doctrine.
Jul. 4, 2021
Small Towns Plan For More Growth — And Less Water
As drought strains much of the state, and tens of thousands of newcomers move to the busy Front Range each year, towns like Severance are thinking about growth – and water usage – in ways that they never have before.
Jun. 29, 2021
Lessons From Drops In Greenhouse Gas Emissions During Lockdown
Fewer greenhouse gasses were emitted globally over the last year, as people drove and flew less during pandemic-related lockdowns. But new research suggests scientists may have underestimated just how big of a drop there was.
Jun. 28, 2021
UA Researchers Create Fantasy Monsoon Game
While some Arizonans are standing by for legalized sports betting, others are anticipating fantasy monsoon.
Jun. 28, 2021
Another Dry Year On The Colorado River Could Force States, Feds Back To Negotiating Table
Colorado River water managers could be pulled back to the negotiating table as soon as next year to keep its biggest reservoirs from declining further.
Jun. 28, 2021
Lithium Mining Threatens Hualapai Sacred Sites
A push for more electric vehicles is bumping up against a western Arizona tribe’s sacred sites and land. A mining company is looking to extract lithium on land owned by the Bureau of Land Management, but that land surrounds Hualapai land on three sides.
Jun. 22, 2021
Cities Of Light Combines Data, Essays To Explore Climate Change
A recent project led by ASU’s Center for Science and the Imagination melds data, essays and fiction in presenting how cities and communities may be changed by a stronger move to renewables — including solar energy. And the project is captured in a book called "Cities of Light: A Collection of Solar Futures."
Jun. 18, 2021
AMLO Promises To Build Solar Energy Project In Sonora
Mexico’s president says he’s moving forward with plans to build a state-owned solar energy facility in northern Mexico.
Jun. 17, 2021
Phoenix Sets Provisions From Tree Plan Into Law
In 2010, the city of Phoenix adopted the Tree and Shade Master Plan, which called for the city to increase environmentally-friendly efforts. One of those efforts was to increase arboreal coverage of the city. On June 16, the city passed an ordinance that would codify some of its provisions into municipal law.
Jun. 17, 2021
Officials Call On Sonorans To Conserve Water As Drought Continues
Mexican officials are calling on residents of the state of Sonora to conserve water as the region continues to experience severe drought conditions.
Jun. 16, 2021