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Calculating Your Carbon Footprint

Calculating Your Carbon Footprint

Many of your daily household habits–energy use, transportation, waste disposal, etc., cause greenhouse gas emissions, which make up your carbon footprint. Explore this simple exercise to understand your carbon footprint and how to offset it. What Size is Your Home?A...
A Disappearing Icon

A Disappearing Icon

Saguaros Under Threat No feature of the Sonoran Desert is more recognizable than the iconic saguaro cactus, soaring in height above all other species of cactus in Southwest West. Yet, these desert sentinels are under threat, due to a rapidly changing climate that is...
Assessing Suitability of Native Milkweeds

Assessing Suitability of Native Milkweeds

Milkweeds (Asclepias spp.) are the sole hostplant for monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus). Monarch caterpillars must consume milkweeds to survive. As monarchs are facing drastic declines, largely tied to loss of plant habitat, the Garden’s pollinator...
Brittlebush | A Desert Survivor

Brittlebush | A Desert Survivor

Brittlebush–a widespread and very drought-resistant woody shrub with bright yellow flowers–is one of the most conspicuous desert plants when in bloom from late winter to mid-spring.  During really dry, hot years with little soil moisture, their green leaves can appear...
Is the Current Drought Our Only Water Supply Problem?

Is the Current Drought Our Only Water Supply Problem?

This article ran in the Winter 2019 Sonoran Quarterly issue   Paul HirtSenior Sustainability Scholer, Arizona State University   If you were in Arizona this past summer, you may have experienced what some now call our “nonsoon” season—no monsoon....

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