Sustainability

Committee vote moves Haaland one step closer to historic Interior post

WASHINGTON - A Senate committee narrowly voted Thursday to advance Rep. Debra Haaland's nomination to be the next secretary of Interior, moving her one step closer to becoming the first Native American to head a Cabinet-level agency.


Officials grill water utility over response to earlier Luke AFB spill

WASHINGTON - The Arizona Corporation Commission grilled a West Valley water company Wednesday, asking why it did not respond more aggressively after chemical agents were discovered in water from its wells five years ago.


In rapidly warming and drying Colorado River Basin, the negotiating table is being set

For 40 million people in the U.S. and Mexico, the water supply of the Colorado River basin is in jeopardy.


Inhaled smoke could raise risks of COVID-19 for firefighters, expert warns

PHOENIX – Smoke inhalation can have a deadly effect on active firefighters. COVID-19 has been particularly difficult for those who are in the line of duty. Southwestern firefighters share their experiences with the illness, the safety procedures they follow at work and their vulnerability to deadly diseases.


Feds rescind OK for copper mine at Oak Flat, seek ‘thorough review’

WASHINGTON - The government Monday rescinded its approval for a proposed massive copper mine at Oak Flat, just days before it was to transfer thousands of acres of federal land for the project.


House OKs bill to ban mining on 1 million acres around Grand Canyon

WASHINGTON - The House voted Friday to permanently ban new mining claims on more than 1 million acres around Grand Canyon National Park, with supporters calling protection of the landmark canyon a "moral issue."


Pause on leasing public land for oil and gas extraction draws mixed reaction

PHOENIX – Land, and specifically what to do with land, has been among the most divisive topics in U.S. history since the arrival of European settlers in 1492. More than 500 years later, little has changed.


Critics grill Haaland; backers point to historic nature of nomination

WASHINGTON - Republican senators tried to pin down Rep. Deb Haaland at a hearing on her nomination for Interior secretary, pushing her on fossil fuels and job losses they said would come from President Joe Biden's proposed energy policies.


Investors now can bet on California’s water, helping agriculture withstand dry spells

Some California farmers are hopeful opened economic options will help balance high water prices during the summer, while extreme weather and droughts continue.

Almonds break out of their shells at an almond farm in Fresno, Calif.

Arizona efforts to boost electric cars get so-so grades in new reports

WASHINGTON - Arizona got middling scores in two new national reports on states' efforts to boost the number of electric vehicles on the road, which advocates say is proof that the state has a long way to go.

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Sedentary and stressed? Get outside to improve health during COVID, experts advise

PHOENIX – Despite the pandemic, state parks saw record visitation over parts of 2020, and experts continue to encourage more outdoor activity for both physical – and mental – health.


Federal judge rejects Apache Stronghold request to block Oak Flat mine

WASHINGTON - A federal judge Friday refused to order a halt to the proposed Resolution Copper Mine on Oak Flat, land that opponents say is sacred to the Apache people and will be destroyed by the mine.