Sustainability

Climbing in Joshua Tree: Breaking bones and belaying friendships

JOSHUA TREE, California – Two climbers trace the evolution of the sport through their 40-year friendship. Todd Gordon and Tucker Tech pioneered many of the routes in Joshua Tree National Park, as visitors surge to nearly 3 million a year.


Navajo, Hualapai water-rights bills get warm reception in House hearing

WASHINGTON - Navajo and Hualapai tribal leaders urged House lawmakers to support a handful of bills that would guarantee water to their tribes in Arizona, Utah and New Mexico and fund the water treatment plants and pipelines to deliver it.


Critics attack Trump administration push to expedite uranium mining

WASHINGTON - Tribal members, environmentalists and lawmakers told a House panel that including uranium on a list of "critical minerals" opens the door to expedited mining that will put tribal lands and national parks at risk, but supporters of the Trump administration plan said it's necessary for national security.


Chemical retardant used to fight wildfires could pose harm, group says

PHOENIX – Fire retardant is one of several tactics being used to battle the Woodbury Fire east of Mesa. But this mixture of water and chemicals has raised questions with some people who believe it can be dangerous to people and the environment.


Arizona Game & Fish supports ban on certain types of hunting contests

PHOENIX – The Arizona Game and Fish Commission has voted to ban hunting contests that charge hunters fees, and then award prizes for killing the most of certain types of predatory and fur-bearing animals.


Why some tattoo artists choose vegan inks over traditional formulas

PHOENIX – Some Phoenix tattoo artists are choosing to use vegan inks instead of non-vegan tattoo inks for ethical and practical reasons.


Roosevelt Lake residents ordered to evacuate due to Woodbury Fire

PHOENIX – Evacuations have been ordered for the Superstition Wilderness area as the Woodbury Fire continues to blaze. The fire near the Superstition Mountains has been burning for almost two weeks.


Corridors for cats: Conservationists work to keep jaguar populations genetically viable

ALAMOS, Mexico – Jaguars in Sonora and Sinaloa come and go through a series of corridors, which keeps these core populations genetically diverse. If those corridors are destroyed, the northernmost jaguars in the Americas could die out.


Groundwater pumping diminishes streams across the country, study finds

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Rivers and small streams across the U.S. are declining from groundwater pumping according to new research.


Cameras and coexistence: Learning to live with jaguars

SAHUARIPA, Mexico – Jaguars once roamed the Americas from Argentina to Arizona. To ensure the survival of the endangered cat, conservationists are working to change the minds of ranchers in Sonora, Mexico.


Environmental groups call for McSally to support climate change proposal

PHOENIX – Arizona environmentalists gathered Tuesday outside Sen. Martha McSally's Phoenix office to demand action on climate change.


Coconino official urges feds to live up to responsibility to fund parks

WASHINGTON - A Coconino County supervisor urged lawmakers to "make sure the federal government meets its responsibility" of maintaining national parks, which face almost $12 billion in needed backlogged maintenance projects - $313.8 million in the Grand Canyon alone.