Sustainability

Southern Arizona wind farm investigated after death of bat, eagle

COCHISE COUNTY – State officials referred Red Horse II Wind Farm to the U.S. Justice Department’s Environmental and Natural Resources Division in connection with the death of a federally protected golden eagle and a lesser long-nosed bat.

They also serve: 4,254 volunteers keep Arizona national parks humming

WASHINGTON - Last year, 4,254 people donated more than 200,000 hours of volunteer work at 16 national parks in Arizona, orienting visitors, maintaining historical collections, monitoring wildlife and more. And despite reports of friction at an East Coast park, Arizona staff and volunteers seem to get along fine.

Gray wolf faces new challenge: National Academies of Sciences review

WASHINGTON - The long-running fight over the Mexican gray wolf moved from southeast Arizona to a Washington conference room, where a National Academies of Sciences panel will try to determine if the Mexican gray wolf just another wolf, or is it a distinct - and endangered - breed of its own?

Grijalva, Bishop craft surprise deal to save fund for public lands

WASHINGTON - A House committee unanimously approved a surprise, bipartisan plan to save a popular land conservation fund Thursday, just weeks before the $900 million Land and Water Conservation Fund was set to expire, a victim of partisan feuding.

Report: Border wall hurts wildlife, people now, full wall will be worse

WASHINGTON - The existing partial border wall with Mexico has caused environmental damage, harmed border communities and failed to make the country safer, and a complete border wall would only make things worse, said a new report, which called for a pause on construction of a full wall.

Democrats push back against GOP plan to change Endangered Species Act

WASHINGTON - Democratic lawmakers said that efforts by House Republicans and the Trump administration efforts to revamp the Endangered Species Act disregard science and ignore the impact that climate change is having on wildlife and their habitats.

Navajo group takes protest against coal-fired power plant to Manhattan

NEW YORK - A group of Navajo environmentalists took their fight against the Navajo Generating Station to Manhattan where they protested at the offices of an investment firm that might save the plant, which employs hundreds but is routinely cited as one of the most-polluting in the nation.