Sustainability

Zinke has ‘no intention’ of revisiting Grand Canyon uranium mining ban

WASHINGTON - Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has "no intention to revisit uranium mining" in and around the Grand Canyon, his spokeswoman said, after outdoorsmen's groups launched a campaign urging him to keep a 20-year mining moratorium in place.


Sportsmen push to keep uranium mining ban near Grand Canyon

WASHINGTON - Arizona wildlife groups have launched a campaign to block what they fear is a Trump administration effort to reopen 1 million acres around the Grand Canyon to uranium mining, saying the environmental risks are too great.


Colorado River reservoirs expected to be less than half full by Sept. 30

Reservoirs along the Colorado River are projected to be less than half full by summer’s end, potentially marking a historic low mark for the river system.


From pools to popsicles, Phoenix Zoo works to keep animals cool

Zookeepers at Phoenix Zoo provide animals with options to keep them cool.


Monsoon season is here: What to do when the weather turns dangerous

Monsoon storms create extreme weather conditions including dust storms/Haboobs, thunderstorms, flash flooding and increased fire danger. Navigate the season with tips from experts.


In Focus: Season 3, Episode 4 – Big city, green living

In the fourth episode of season 3 of In Focus, hosts Atlan Hassard and Alexandra Watts bring you stories about the people trying to make urban living more sustainable.


Wildfires have burned 75,000 acres in Arizona, but experts had predicted more

: Wildfires have burned through about 75,000 acres in Arizona already this year. But experts say those numbers are encouraging – especially because Arizona’s monsoon season officially starts Friday, according to the National Weather Service.


Flag days: First business joins Arizona program on air-quality alerts

The nearly 250 employees who work at Coreslab Structures in Phoenix could have looked up one June morning to see a yellow flag flying on top of their building.

Phoenix haze photo

Trump plan to boost coal eyed cautiously by Navajo power plant backers

WASHINGTON - A White House plan to prop up failing coal and nuclear power plants by making utilities buy some energy from them has drawn criticism across the political spectrum, but supporters of the Navajo Generating Station, slated to close next year, are looking closely at the plan.


Water savings and checking accounts: How cities bank on future supply underground

The snowpack feeding the region’s rivers was near record low this year, so managers are looking to future water supplies underground.


Officials warn that West faces another ‘challenging’ wildfire season

WASHINGTON - Federal officials warned a Senate panel that the West should prepare for another "challenging" wildfire season, particularly in the drought-ravaged Southwest, after a 2017 season that was the most expensive on record in terms of firefighting costs.


China’s policy shift forces U.S. cities to tighten recycling rules to reduce contamination

China has processed roughly half of the world’s plastic and paper recyclables for over a decade. But last summer, it announced new standards on how much trash can be in the trash.