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Arizona Daily Star

Henry Brean

20 September 2020

Tucson, Arizona, United States

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In an experimental garden in Arizona, scientists are seeing how to produce sustainable and local food in a desert environment. They’re growing plants under a photovoltaic “canopy” of solar panels that provide necessar...

The Huffington Post

Kyla Mandel

20 August 2020

California, United States

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Solar development can reduce or significantly alter local biodiversity, and this should be considered when planning sustainability projects in the desert, argues a new study. Scientists measured the impact of a solar ...

Planet Forward

Dylan Simard

31 January 2020

Rio Verde, Arizona, United States

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Volunteers in Arizona are building plastic cube structures to create a fish habitat in some of the state’s lakes. Since many of the lakes are in the desert, the shoreline is often not very hospitable for fish. These “...

High Country News

Krista Langlois

9 August 2019

Los Alamos, New Mexico, United States

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Scientists in southeast America are trying to rebuild the natural biocrusts that existed centuries ago. The biocrusts, which are concentrations of cyanobacteria, moss, and lichens, are a crucial part of ecosystems in ...

NPR

Tyler Fingert

30 April 2018

Saguaro National Park, Arizona, United States

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The National Park Service has resorted to microchipping hundreds of saguaro. Despite extensive legal protections, the iconic cacti are going missing. Rangers can only read the microchip by scanning a suspect cactus, b...

Mother Jones

Vince Beiser

1 October 2017

Duolun, Mongolia

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Overfarming, over-grazing, climate change and population growth are all to blame for turning Duolun County in China's Inner Mongolia region into a bigger desert than it was to begin with. With 87 percent of the area t...

High Country News

Sarah Amandolare

18 September 2017

El Desemboque, Mexico

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A group who is being affected the most by climate change in the Sonoran Desert is also working to fight climate change using both tradition and new technology. The Seri are a small tribe whose ecological knowledge ha...

Al Jazeera

Rachael Hocking

14 June 2017

Australia

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After once again being granted rights to their native land, the Martu people are bringing back the bioregenerative technique of small-scale land burning. In the past century, wildfires have ravaged the areas these peo...

TakePart

Taylor Hill

2 September 2016

California, United States

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In Joshua Tree National Park, Eagle Crest Energy is planning to build a hydropower pump storage unit for the renewable energy produced by sun and wind in the region. However, the removal of the water necessary to powe...

The New York Times

Amy Yee

8 June 2016

Kenya

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In the face of crippling unemployment, environmental degradation, and species extinction, communities in Southern Kenya joined with various stakeholders to establish REDD+ project. This project sells carbon credits on...

Minnesota Public Radio

Dan Kraker

29 May 2014

Tucson, Arizona, United States

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Some Tucson residents have begun looking at water as a crop, something to harvest to lessen the reliance of Tucson's burgeoning population on water sucked from the ground and imported from the Colorado River.

Minnesota Public Radio

Dan Kraker

27 May 2014

Tucson, Arizona, United States

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Forty years ago, Tuscon faced a water crisis. Now, even after decades of population and economic growth, water consumption has been declining and, under much of the city, groundwater levels have been rising, due in eq...

Minnesota Public Radio

Dan Kraker

27 May 2014

Tucson, Arizona, United States

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Tucson has slashed its per capita water consumption by more than a third, and one of the more startling ways it's done that is by reusing water after it's flushed down the toilet or run through a washing machine.

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