Sustainability

Developments in disaster-prone areas mean big bucks for builders but can put homeowners at risk

ELFIN FOREST, Calif. – Some places burn and flood repeatedly. We’re building homes there anyway.


Wildfire-vulnerable communities search for ways to live with growing threat

SHINGLETOWN, Calif. – Despite federal fire suppression costs quadrupling and an increase in employed firefighters, the damages caused by wildfires has increased fivefold.


Out of sight is out of mind: Small communities struggle in the shadow of larger disasters

OSO, Wash. – Communities devastated by smaller disasters receive a fraction of the national attention and the funding.


Monsoon madness: You say dust storm, I say haboob

PHOENIX – Whether you’re a newcomer or a long-time resident of metro Phoenix, you may wonder how haboobs got their name (or vociferously defend calling them dust storms), what causes them or how you can steer clear of their dusty wrath.


Vulnerable communities adapting to ever-present threat of wildfires

PINETOP-LAKESIDE – Pinetop-Lakeside is among the latest U.S. cities to take advantage of a federal program aimed at creating “fire-adapted” communities where humans and forest meet.


The impact of Mexico’s worst mining disaster, five years later

BAVIÁCORA, MEXICO – Mexico’s largest mining company spilled nearly 11 million gallons of copper sulfate acid solution carrying heavy metals into the Bacanuchi and Sonora rivers in 2014. To this day, residents claim life has not been the same since.


Taliesin West added to World Heritage List after 15-year wait

SCOTTSDALE – Taliesin West in Scottsdale and seven other Frank Lloyd Wright structures were inducted last month.


Dwindling groundwater, ever-deeper wells could spell trouble for Arizonans

PHOENIX – Dropping groundwater levels have prompted many states, including Arizona, to dig deeper wells.


Arizona could make major changes to renewable-energy mandate

PHOENIX – The Arizona Corporation Commission is considering several proposals that would change energy regulation in the state, including how much power comes from renewables.


Federal judge halts planned open-pit copper mine in mountains south of Tucson

PHOENIX – A federal judge has blocked a Canadian mining company from moving forward with plans to dig an enormous open-pit copper mine south of Tucson. The company plans to appeal the decision.