Sustainability

Diaper Bank organizes diaper drive for Texas, Florida hurricane victims

TEMPE – The volunteers stood in the shade of a bank parking lot, carrying water bottles, waiting for people to send relief to hurricane victims in Florida and Texas.

Diaper donations

Arizona teen joins Capitol push to replace diesel buses with electric

WASHINGTON - Metro Tech High School senior Axel Vargas doesn't dislike all school buses - just the diesel ones whose emissions he says are hurting the air quality and affecting the health of him and his classmates.


Bike paths and walkways mark grand goals for Grand Canal

PHOENIX – Work is underway to transform the Grand Canal from barren paths to a well-lit, artistic magnet for bicyclists and hikers.

The Grand Canal, Phoenix

Copper project in Florence wins appeal, could break ground this winter

WASHINGTON - Florence Copper officials could break ground on a $24 million "in-situ" copper mining facility by December, after an administrative appeals board last week turned down objections to the project from the Town of Florence and another opponent.


Lawmakers seek solutions as wildfires burn hole in firefighting budget

WASHINGTON - The 2017 wildfire season is already one of most expensive on record, with a $2.35 billion price tag burning through the Forest Service's budget, lawmakers and Agriculture Department officials said Tuesday.


Would you drink beer made from wastewater?

PHOENIX – Wastewater. We use it to irrigate fields, to flush toilets and to make one of America’s favorite beverages – beer.

Water purification process

Purchase opens 32,600 acres near Coronado Forest to hiking, hunting

WASHINGTON - The Interior Department's purchase of a plot of private land will allow public access to 32,600 acres of previously isolated forest land, a move that drew praise from wilderness advocates and hunters alike this week.


Environmentalists, ranchers trade barbs in killing of Mexican gray wolf

WASHINGTON - Environmentalists and livestock owners are pointing fingers after government agents killed an endangered Mexican gray wolf last month for preying on cattle, the first wolf killed for depredation in 10 years.


With as few as 100 left, Arizona turtle wins endangered species status

WASHINGTON - It may not be surprising that an "aquatic desert" turtle faces long odds in life, but environmentalists and biologists still welcomed this week's endangered species designation for the Sonoyta mud turtle.

Endangered Shuffle

APS official: Red tape slows utilities’ efforts to prevent forest fires

WASHINGTON - When overgrown forests clash with energy infrastructure - devastating fire and power outages can follow. But current law puts up bureaucratic hurdles that make it hard for utilities to do the forest clearing that could prevent those fires, and then holds them responsible when fires break out, an Arizona Public Service official told a Senate committee Tuesday.


From desert wheat in Arizona to pasta in Italy

CASA GRANDE — Italian pasta chefs are known for crafting dishes that are as much local culture as they are food. What is less well-known is that Arizona’s desert durum wheat is a common ingredient in Italian pasta.

Wheat breeds

Plans to reduce number of Grand Canyon bison advance on two fronts

WASHINGTON - Plans to reduce the size of a destructive herd of Grand Canyon bison took another step forward this week, when a House panel approved a bill to require culling, just weeks after the National Park Service approved its own plan.