Sustainability

Rosemont copper mine suffers another setback in decade of legal battles

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers suspended a Clean Water Act permit for the proposed Rosemont copper mine site in southern Arizona, the latest development in more than a decade of legal challenges from tribes and environmental groups.


50 grades of shade: Researchers find that it’s not all created equal

TEMPE – Scientists use information from an instrument called MaRTy to help cities like Tempe and Phoenix understand what makes for the best shade in extreme heat.


Phoenix light rail to expand with the defeat of Prop 105

PHOENIX – Voters soundly rejected Proposition 105, which would have killed Valley Metro light rail in Phoenix and redirect the funds to street repairs. They also defeated Proposition 106, dealing with public pensions.


Arizona ranked 29th in study of highway conditions and congestion

PHOENIX – Arizona was No. 29 in the Reason Foundation’s annual Highway Report, which ranks states in such categories as traffic fatalities, pavement condition, congestion, spending per mile and time wasted in rush hour.


Kayenta Mine layoffs hit, as Navajo Generating Station closure looms

WASHINGTON - The last 265 workers at Kayenta Coal Mine are being laid off this month, another step toward the looming closure of the Navajo Generating Station that will bring the loss of hundreds more jobs this winter.


Environmental groups call on Arizona to close uranium mine near Canyon

FLAGSTAFF – Conservation groups are demanding that a uranium mine near the South Rim be permanently closed because it could pollute groundwater.


For low-income Arizonans, housing vouchers don’t guarantee a place to live

Affordable housing is out of reach for many families in Phoenix, where median incomes are lower than the national average and rents are rising quickly.


With so much construction, why is affordable housing so scarce in Phoenix?

PHOENIX – Phoenix is booming, but much of the new housing is unaffordable to people who aren’t wealthy.


Making a home for fish in the desert takes a little help – and a lot of PVC

RIO VERDE – The Arizona Game & Fish Department is making “fish cities” to help fish that live in lakes around the state.


Extreme weather galvanizes believers of climate change but doesn’t persuade skeptics

SMITH ISLAND, Md. – Scientists point to worsening floods, more powerful hurricanes and larger wildfires as evidence of climate change – but many Americans remain unconvinced.


Without federal disaster aid, states are left to fend for themselves

BONDURANT, Wyo. – Without a federal major disaster declaration, FEMA assistance isn’t available. Either states pay to rebuild, or people are on their own.


Big dogs may be key to protecting Arizona herds from Mexican gray wolf

EAGAR – Livestock guardian dogs could help ranchers protect their cattle from Mexican gray wolves.