Sustainability

Arizona recycling programs are in trouble, thanks to residential contamination

PHOENIX – Recycling programs across Arizona are in jeopardy as contamination from residents and tariffs from China remain in place.


House OKs permanent ban on mining 1 million acres around Grand Canyon

WASHINGTON - The House voted 236-185 Wednesday to permanently ban uranium mining on just over 1 million acres around the Grand Canyon, on a largely party line vote in which each side accused the other of fear-mongering.


Pumpkin decor attracts trick-or-treaters but also wildlife, Game & Fish warns

FOUNTAIN HILLS - Did you know that pumpkins attract Arizona wildlife, which could put your pets and property at risk of being attacked?


1 million agave: Ambitious binational restoration plan to plant agave, protect bats

ÁLAMOS, SONORA – Bat Conservation International has an ambitious plan to plant 1 million agave in the U.S and Mexico in the next 10 years. Agave is a key plant for migrating bats.


Money to burn: Forest Service wildfire fund ends its year in the black

WASHINGTON - For the first time in nine years, the U.S. Forest Service ended the fiscal year without depleting its fire suppression budget and having to borrow money from other projects to continue fighting wildfires.


More efficient than solar panels? Rust, saltwater show renewable-energy promise

LOS ANGELES – Scientists in California and Illinois may have found an efficient renewable energy source that’s cheaper than solar panels: rust and saltwater.


House panel OKs update to mining law; critics say it will kill industry

WASHINGTON - A House committee gave preliminary approval Wednesday to an overhaul of a 147-year-old federal mining law that supporters called "antiquated," while opponents called the update a "point-blank" blow to the mining industry.


McSally urged to oppose Trump’s rollback of Obama fuel economy standards

PHOENIX – Two Democratic legislators want Sen. Martha McSally to oppose the planned rollback of fuel economy standards by the Trump administration. These standards reduce the amount of air pollution given off by vehicles by forcing manufacturers to make cars with better fuel efficiency.


Arizona’s groundwater replenishment program facing an uncertain future

PHOENIX – A new report by Arizona State University reveals concerns over how a key water management tool could work for ensuring there’s water for future development.

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Climate whiplash: Four Corners residents and ranchers adapting to weather extremes

MANCOS, Colorado – Too hot and dry one season, too wet the next. That’s the predicament ranchers in the Four Corners area are facing, and they’re searching for ways to adapt.


Frank Lloyd Wright house, once listed for $2.6 million, sold at auction

PHOENIX – The Norman Lykes House, which is the last property Frank Lloyd Wright designed, was sold at auction for $1.7 million. Some of the most unique parts of the home are also the most sustainable.


Safe passage sought for wildlife trying to cross busy highway in northern Mexico

ĺMURIS, Sonora – Researchers with the Wildlands Network are looking for ways to assist animals trying to cross Highway 2, which bisects a crucial wildlife corridor in northern Sonora, Mexico.