Sustainability

In crossing Arizona’s last free-flowing river, border wall construction also erodes trust

BISBEE – Cochise County officials and conservationists are frustrated that Customs and Border Protection is ignoring local input as it pushes ahead with a barrier across the San Pedro River, which flows north from Mexico and is one of the last undammed rivers in the Southwest.


How safe is fishing during the pandemic? Very, if you follow basic rules

PHOENIX – The Arizona Game & Fish Department has a new video that details safe fishing practices during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Arizona afire: Crews scramble to control 11 blazes in the state

PHOENIX — Twelve fires actively burn in Arizona forcing an increase in residents to evacuate and in acres of forests set ablaze, but low winds may help some areas as they work towards containment.


Arizona’s Bush Fire – now the largest in the country – forces evacuations

The Bush Fire, northeast of Mesa, is home to the largest fire in the country. Nearly 1,500 people were forced to evacuate.


Senate OKs up to $1.9 billion a year for parks repair, land acquisition

PHOENIX - Senators broke into applause Wednesday as they gave overwhelming approval to a bill allocating up to $1.9 billion a year for public lands acquisition and national park maintenance fund, a bill advocates said is "55 years overdue."


Lawsuit seeks trade sanctions against Mexico for failing to protect endangered porpoise

HERMOSILLO, Mexico – The Center for Biological Diversity and the Animal Welfare Institute are demanding the United States formally certify that Mexico’s failure to end fishing practices that endanger the tiny vaquita marina porpoise violates an international treaty, requiring the U.S. to prohibit all wildlife imports, including seafood.


University of California divests from fossil fuels, puts $1 billion into clean energy

PHOENIX — UC moved $1 billion in investments from fossil fuels to clean energy, the largest divestment in the movement away from coal, oil and gas, but that movement does not yet include Arizona universities.


Tribal leaders, advocates question reopening at Grand Canyon, other parks

PHOENIX - Arizona tribal leaders told House lawmakers Tuesday that moves to reopen national parks are being made without needed health safety measures to protect tribal members or park visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Preliminary OK for Little Colorado dam proposals worries plan’s critics

PHOENIX - Federal regulators have given a Phoenix company the green light to study a hydropower project for the Little Colorado River, what opponents fear is a first step toward "destroying incredibly rare, beautiful, sacred resources."


Despite slight dip, Phoenix still ranks high for solar power in cities

PHOENIX - Phoenix dipped slightly in a national ranking of solar power capacity, even as the total amount of power generated and the power per person increased from last year, according to a national report released Wednesday.


Mexico changes renewable energy rules, citing COVID-19 pandemic

MEXICO CITY – New regulations introduced by the government favor the fossil fuel industry and may stifle the renewable energy market in Mexico, critics say.


Amid conflict over Salt River horses, a controversial fence is finished

MESA – Amid conflict over Salt River horses, a controversial fence is finished