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Reversing desertification: How an Arizona engineer is trying to heal land & protect water

On an 8-acre plot in unincorporated Red Rock, Arizona drainage engineer Ricardo Aguirre is using his family’s old ranch to prove there is a way to stop flooding and erosion by looking at alternative land management practices to return water cycles to nature’s designs.... Read more»0

Sunblock for streets: Cool pavement curbs heat in Phoenix, but more testing is needed

Over the past year, Phoenix has studied the efficacy of a light gray reflective sealant meant to reduce the absorption of heat in the urban climate and though the testing is far from over, initial findings suggest the treatment may help effectively reduce temperatures.... Read more»0