Coronavirus Pandemic Highlights Vital Need for Vertical Farms in World Cities

The speed with which the coronavirus outbreaks in Asia, Europe and North America metastasized into a full-blown global pandemic — catching many world governments by surprise and with little preparation — underscores just how our world today is highly interconnected and how, in order to contain and stem the surging pandemic, temporary disconnection from the physically-networked world by cities, regions and even entire nations has become an urgent imperative.

In Coronavirus, Industry Sees Chance to Undo Plastic Bag Bans

They are “petri dishes for bacteria and carriers of harmful pathogens,” read one warning from a plastics industry group. They are “virus-laden.”

Plants and Animals Aren't So Different When it Comes to Climate

A new study reveals that plants and animals are remarkably similar in their responses to changing environmental conditions across the globe, which may help explain how they are distributed today and how they will respond to climate change in the future.

Why you shouldn't use 'family cloth' reusable toilet paper

While most of us are aware by now that coronavirus will not trigger a worldwide toilet paper shortage, that still doesn't mean TP's by any means easy to come by on store shelves.

EPA fines Asarco for hazardous dust at Arizona smelter

Emissions of hazardous air pollutants from Asarco’s Hayden smelter, about 70 miles north of Tucson, led to an EPA dust control plan.

Border Closing Strands Professors, Students in Peru

Under lockdown in a hotel, members of a plant ecology course continue to work and study as they seek a way to return home.

Plastic Bag Bans and the Coronavirus - How Are They Related?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, one problem that has been discussed that could aggravate the situation is the ban on single-use plastic bags by state and local governments that force shoppers to use reusable bags.

With Temperatures Rising, Can Animals Survive the Heat Stress?

A growing number of studies show that warming temperatures are increasing mortality in creatures ranging from birds in the Mojave Desert, to mammals in Australia, to bumblebees in North America. Researchers warn that heat stress could become a major factor in future extinctions.

Bonus: An interview with dendrochronologist Valerie Trouet

In this episode, dendrochonologist Valerie Trouet of the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research at the University of Arizona talks with Anna and Leila about her new book, Tree Story: The History of the World Written in Rings. She talks about the fascinating science of tree-rings and what they can tell us climate patterns and ecosystems. 

Tumamoc Hill to close starting Wednesday in response to pandemic

Tumamoc Hill will close to the public starting Wednesday in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the director of Tumamoc said.