Neighborhood Farms Could be the Answer to Tucson's Food Deserts

A study co-authored by UArizona researchers makes a strong case that even in arid climates, urban farms can help neighborhoods get the nutritious food they need if the farms are irrigated in a sustainable way.

Dr. Chief shaking man's hand

Profile on Karletta Chief, PI for Indige-FEWSS

Dr. Karletta Chief is an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in the Department of Environmental Science at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. The goal of her research is to improve our understanding, tools, and predictions of watershed hydrology, unsaturated flow in arid environments, and how natural and human disturbances affect soil hydrology.

Global Warming Gathers Pace

The world is getting hotter: during three recent years, the total amount of global warming jumped by a fourth. And cities are getting hotter, too.

Yuma County To Launch COVID-19 Wastewater Monitoring Project

Yuma County will begin testing wastewater as part of an early COVID-19 detection program, the first countywide wastewater detection project in Arizona.

Rebakah Waller in a greenhouse

PhD Candidate Rebekah Waller Shows Us How Greenhouses Can Transform the Future of Agriculture

Have you ever heard of Controlled Environment Agriculture? Read more about how PhD candidate Rebekah Waller helps to make our food systems more sustainable.

Bill Edwards with SNF device

Bill Edwards, In Memoriam

It is with profound sadness that we share the news of Bill Edward’s passing on January 3, 2021. Bill was an Indige-FEWSS board member and longtime supporter. 

Are monarchs endangered? Scientists debate as United States mulls protection

Last month, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) declared that one of North America’s best known butterflies, the monarch, might be in trouble. 

Is this drought gripping Tucson natural or human-caused?

Most climate scientists agree the warming trend that has prevailed in Tucson and worldwide since the 1980s and ’90s is largely if not completely caused by heat-trapping greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere from the burning of oil, coal and other fossil fuels.

Could agrivoltaics feed our demand for clean energy?

Agrivoltaics could result in more food, more energy, lower water demand, lower carbon emissions, and more prosperous rural communities, says an Oregon State University researcher. He plans to build a farm to prove the point.

Agriculture study reveals economic effect of ranching and farming

A recently released University of Arizona study wanted to see what kind of an impact a one-time 20% reduction in water would have on Graham and Greenlee counties and the picture that emerged is not a pretty one, not only for the farmers and ranchers, but for the communities in which they live.

Global Heating Will Make Colorado River Basin Drought More Severe

A person can survive 30 days (or more) without food, 3 days without water, and 3 minutes without air. The latest climate research indicates all three will be in short supply as average temperatures on Earth increase.