Sustainability

Plan to ‘revive’ uranium mining called unneeded, unwanted by advocates

PHOENIX - Environmentalists are blasting a Trump administration call for "bold action to revive and strengthen the uranium mining industry," an industry whose history they say has left a "toxic trail" through the Grand Canyon.


‘Borrowing from the future’: What an emerging megadrought means for the Southwest

PHOENIX – A new report finds the period from 2000 through 2018 was the driest 19-year span since the late 1500s, and humans are partly to blame.


With much of the planet on lockdown, Earth Day goes digital

PHOENIX – The 50th anniversary of Earth Day looks a little different because of COVID-19, but that isn’t stopping Arizona environmental groups from celebrating.


Feeding sea urchins could be one way to restore the West Coast’s vital kelp forests

LOS ANGELES – The purple sea urchin population decimated kelp forests on the West Coast, where researchers are working to bring the creatures under control and supply them to restaurants around the world.


Feds kill 4 Mexican gray wolves, days after announcing population gains

PHOENIX - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service authorized the killing of four endangered Mexican gray wolves in New Mexico during one week in late March, a move conservation groups call a significant setback to wolf recovery.

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Dairy farmers forced to adjust their practices during COVID-19 pandemic

The dairy industry has been forced to resort to extreme practices to offset sales lost because restaurants and schools have been shut down to stop the spread of novel coronavirus.


Myth is reality: Discovery of bald eagles nesting in a saguaro confirms longtime speculation

PHOENIX – Biologists have documented the first sighting in decades of bald eagles nesting in the arms of a saguaro cactus near an undisclosed reservoir.


EPA won’t expand pollutant rule; ‘mistake’ during COVID-19, critics say

PHOENIX - The Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday it will not expand Obama-era air quality standards, a move environmentalists call "the wrong thing to be doing" during a global pandemic that threatens lung health.


Prescott’s bid to draw more groundwater could threaten Verde River

PRESCOTT – In the wake of a growing population and planned housing developments, the Prescott City Council has proposed a water policy it says would provide water for the city’s current and future residents.


Urban farm provides homeless shelter residents with good food and opportunities

LOS ANGELES – An urban farm in Los Angeles provides food, therapy and paid job training for residents of a homeless shelter across the street. Called Grow Good, this nonprofit organization offers an innovative solution to homelessness, helping the city’s underserved individuals gain their independence once again.


COVID-19 fears close Grand Canyon National Park after weeks of pressure

PHOENIX - The National Park Service abruptly closed Grand Canyon National Park on Wednesday, bowing to weeks of pressure after health officials expressed "extreme concern" about the potential for spread of COVID-19 in the park.


EPA defends plan to ease compliance requirements in face of coronavirus

PHOENIX - The Environmental Protection Agency defended its plans to waive some environmental compliance requirements during the COVID-19 outbreak, insisting the policy chage is "not a license to pollute," but environmentalists were not convinced.