Sustainability

Copper rush: Opponents worry feds have fast-tracked Resolution mine OK

WASHINGTON - Activists worry that the Trump administration has fast-tracked the final environmental impact statement for the massive Resolution Copper mine, a project planned for lands near Superior that are claimed as sacred by the San Carlos Apache.


Coconino official backs bill to burn forest waste for renewable energy

WASHINGTON - Coconino County Supervisor Art Babbott urged senators Wednesday to pass a bill that would let limbs and trees left over from forest maintenance be burned for renewable energy.


Carbon free energy required by 2050 under Arizona Corporation Commission proposal

PHOENIX – The Arizona Corporation Commission has proposed that public utilities be carbon free by 2050, updating a plan enacted in 2006. If approved after hearings and public comment, it would help Arizona catch up with other Southwestern states that already have such regulations.


Mount Graham red squirrel makes comeback, but not out of the woods yet

WASHINGTON - The endangered Mount Graham red squirrel, driven to the brink of extinction by wildfire just three years ago in southern Arizona, has seen its numbers more than triple from 33 to 109 animals, following federal, state and local preservation efforts.


Forecast calls for drier, warmer winter to follow ‘nonsoon’ summer

WASHINGTON - State and federal weather officials are predicting a warmer and drier than normal winter for Arizona, which would come on the heels of the driest monsoon ever recorded in the state.


Burned acreage up sharply, as Arizona 2020 wildfire season winds down

WASHINGTON - The acreage torched by wildfires in Arizona was up sharply this year, but fire officials said it was still not a particularly bad season in terms of lives lost and structures burned in the blazes.


Cannabis farms struggle to survive California wildfires without insurance

LOS ANGELES – Cannabis farms struggle to survive California wildfires without insurance


2020 delivers setbacks for long-planned Western water projects

Proposals to divert water in New Mexico, Nevada and Utah have run up against significant legal, financial and political roadblocks this year.


Arizona’s renewable energy future at play in Corporation Commission races

PHOENIX – As election results come in, the Secretary of State’s Office shows that two Republicans and a Democrat appear to be leading in the race for three Arizona Corporation Commission seats.


Just before the election, poll on climate change suggests Arizona voters want more federal action

PHOENIX – Arizonans are more concerned with climate change and the environment this year, and it may affect their candidate choice in the election.