Sustainability

Water speculation is ‘all the problems’ in one, Colorado group warns

Last year, Colorado lawmakers pointed a finger at what they consider a growing threat: speculative investments in water rights. Since then, a state work group has been examining the issue, and the process raises questions about how the West divvies up water.


Wildfire prevention gets boost from behind bars with expanded program

WASHINGTON - It's important to have boots on the ground when battling wildfires, and state officials will soon be able to put 1,400 more boots on the ground - in the form of up to 700 prison inmates, who will be used to do forest maintenance under a new law.


Fight over Oak Flat mine draws support of diverse religious groups

WASHINGTON - The Oak Flat copper mine battle has gone from an environmental to a religious fight, with groups ranging from the Sikh Coalition to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints backing a White Mountain Apache claim that the mine will destroy sacred lands.


Get ready for a busy year fighting wildfires, experts in Arizona warn

Arizona had one of its driest monsoon seasons on record last year, which will directly impact wildfires this year. Experts predict this could be another big year for fires across the state.


Cities push residents to save their little piece of Earth on Earth Day

WASHINGTON - Think globally, act locally, as the saying goes, and 10 Arizona cities are taking the message to heart Thursday to mark the 51st annual Earth Day, planning everything from tree plantings to community cleanups.


With first Colorado River shortage almost certain, states stare down mandatory cutbacks

Twenty-one years of drier, warmer weather have left Lakes Mead and Powell at historically low levels, and the first official shortage declaration from the Department of the Interior is almost certain later this year.


Palo Verde generator helps Southwest meet climate goals, but future of nuclear is debated

PHOENIX – A new NREL study finds that LA could eliminate fossil fuels from its power grid by 2035. The Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station west of Phoenix is part of the solution, but critics say it's a temporary solution to meet climate goals in both California and Arizona.


Potential jaguar habitat at U.S.-Mexico border identified by UArizona researchers

TUCSON - University of Arizona Ph.D. student Ganesh Marin discovered a young male jaguar lurking along the Arizona-Mexico border.


Snowfall in the West indicates 20-year drought will persist and intensify

With temperatures rising and precipitation falling, it's likely drought conditions across the West will worsen.


Superior mayor, tribal officials spar over bill to stop Oak Flat mine

WASHINGTON - Superior's mayor testified that the Pinal County town would suffer a "devastating" blow to its economy if Congress canceled a massive copper mine at Oak Flat - a move opponents say must be done to protect the environment and sacred sites there.


UArizona will lead space telescope mission to learn how galaxies evolve, form stars

PHOENIX – University of Arizona was chosen to lead the 2024 NASA mission called Aspera. The mission will help researchers understand the flow of gas around galaxies.


Comcaac Nation in Sonora demands water with historic gathering

Members of the Indigenous Comcaac Nation have long struggled for access to clean water in their two towns on the Sea of Cortez.