Sustainability

Grijalva, Gallego join call for more minority inclusion in public lands

WASHINGTON - Arizona Democratic Reps. Raul Grijalva and Ruben Gallego joined other lawmakers and civil rights groups Thursday urging President Barack Obama to implement more inclusive policies on the nation's public lands.


Tribes, Grijalva ask Obama to protect 1.7 million acres at Grand Canyon

WASHINGTON - Tribal leaders joined Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Tucson, on Tuesday urging President Barack Obama to designate 1.7 million acres around the Grand Canyon as a national monument, bypassing Congress in the process.

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McCain calls for a criminal probe of EPA for Gold King Mine spill on Navajo land

Arizona Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., are accusing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of neglect for the agency’s response to Navajo communities after a Colorado mine spill polluted the San Juan River last August.


Cochise spending thousands to keep endangered wolf out of region

SOUTHEAST ARIZONA — Inside a large chain-link cage at the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, a Mexican gray wolf gently moves from behind a tree and into the open air. It stands in the midday sun, dark-lined eyes looking intently beyond the fence, before settling under the tree for shade.

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Arizona official tells House that ozone rules penalize rural areas

WASHINGTON - The director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality told lawmakers Thursday that new air-quality standards will burden rural communities, like many in Arizona, by holding "rural counties accountable for pollution they did not create."


Western officials attack EPA clean-water rule in House hearing

WASHINGTON - Officials from Western states Wednesday blasted what they called "overreaching" and "job-killing" clean-water regulations proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency but currently on hold as the result of a court challenge.


South Mountain Park no longer has gold mines but is treasured by hikers, bikers and hang gliders

South Mountain Park and Preserve glistens like a desert gem nestled in Phoenix.


Eco-friendly green burials become more popular in Arizona, the U.S.

An alternative, environmentally-focused way of interment is picking up popularity across the United States.


Swarm of earthquakes rock Arizona

Over the past couple of weeks, there has been a swarm of earthquakes in the state of Arizona.

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Report: Obama’s national monument designations bring in $156 million

WASHINGTON - National monuments designated by President Barack Obama are adding $156 million to their local economies a year, according to a study of the 10 most recently named monuments spanning Western states.


Free meals of nutritionally sound ‘ugly food’ offered at ASU event to highlight food waste

TEMPE – Discolored, irregularly shaped and unusually sized fruit, vegetables and meat rarely make it to U.S. grocery stores. “Ugly food” is often left in the field to rot or thrown away before it can be sold to consumers.


Officials tell Congress infrastructure needs help to keep water safe, reliable

WASHINGTON - The president of a Phoenix-based water company joined other officials from around the country to tell a Senate panel Thursday that the nation's aging infrastructure needs help if Americans want a reliable, safe source of water.