Environment

Meals for monsters

Friday, October 7, 2011
story and photos by Pete Zrioka

Gila monsterWill desert-dwelling Gila monsters have enough food and water as the climate changes?

Paving the way to a cooler future

Monday, August 8, 2011
by Pete Zrioka

You could fry an egg on the roads in Phoenix during the summer. Find out what makes pavement so hot.

Picturing heat

Tuesday, January 4, 2011
by Diane Boudreau

Photo by Gissel MarquezWe all know what heat feels like, but what does it look like? Armed with disposable cameras, a group of seventh-graders in Phoenix set out to document the summer heat. (photo by Gissel Marquez)

The biggest problem you've never heard of

Tuesday, August 17, 2010
by Margaret Coulombe, illustration by Adrian Smith

FruitWhat is "P" and why is it so important to our health and our environment?

Everyday sustainability

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

EarthEarth Day is April 22! Learn how to make your daily life more eco-friendly.

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Whatcha' gonna do with that green gunk?

Friday, August 15, 2008
by Diane Boudreau

Algae is the gunk that collects in your fish tank and makes you slip on rocks while crossing a stream. You probably think of algae as a nuisance, if you even bother to think of it at all. Milt Sommerfeld and Qiang Hu think of algae as one of the most useful things in existence. And they think about it every day.

An island in the sun

Monday, August 3, 2009
by Diane Boudreau

When you think about islands, you probably think about Hawaii or Jamaica. You probably don’t think about Phoenix, Arizona. Phoenix has all the sand of a beachside resort, but it is not surrounded by water. Still, Phoenix is a type of island. Scientists call it an “urban heat island.”

What is atmosphere?

Monday, August 3, 2009
by Conrad Storad

Atmosphere is the huge blanket of gas that circles the entire Earth. Without it, life as we know it could not exist.

Bacteria for biofuel

Friday, August 15, 2008
by Diane Boudreau

Scientists all over the world are working on ways to capture sunlight for human energy use. Some of them are trying to develop better solar cells. Some of them want to imitate photosynthesis, the process plants use to take energy from the sun. Wim Vermaas doesn’t believe in reinventing the wheel. A group of bacteria found the perfect way to take energy from the sun more than 2 billion years ago. He’s happy to let them continue doing the work.

Biofuel 101

Friday, August 15, 2008
by Diane Boudreau

There's a lot of talk these days about biofuel. But what exactly is it?

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