Sustainability

Lower carbon-capture costs could entice businesses to address climate change

PHOENIX – A Republican plan to mitigate climate change would permanently grant tax breaks for businesses that reduce carbon emissions and purchase equipment with technology to capture emissions from the atmosphere. But is “direct capture” an effective tool?


Climate change already is diminishing the Colorado River, U.S. researchers find

GREELEY, Colo. – Researchers with the U.S. Geological Survey have found that the Colorado River Basin is extremely sensitive to slight variations in temperature. For each degree that average Celsius temperatures rise, they found, flows in the Colorado are likely to decline more than 9%. It’s a problem that will only get worse as the planet continues to warm.


Wild horses and burros in Arizona find new homes through federal incentive program

MARANA — The Bureau of Land Management manages thousands of wild horses and burros across the West, but the population is too high and that has the agency trying something new — an incentive program.


Arizonans keep watchful eyes on bald eagles nesting near humans

RIO VERDE – Bald eagle breeding season has arrived in Arizona, and an interesting job comes from it: keeping an eye on potential parents and their nests.


As Western coal-fired plants close, who gets their water?

CRAIG, Colorado – Coal-fired power plants use millions of gallons of water, but as more of these plants are shut down, what will become of the water they draw from the overallocated Colorado River?


Activists cite rising heat deaths, pollution, fires in asking Phoenix to declare climate emergency

PHOENIX – Arizona environmental groups gather in front of City Hall to ask Phoenix to declare a climate emergency.


Man vs. mussel: Buckeye mayor testifies on threat from invasive species

WASHINGTON - Buckeye Mayor Jackie A. Meck joined other witnesses before a Senate committee Wednesday to talk about threat that invasive species, like quagga mussels and salt cedars, post to water supplies in the West.


Clean energy produced on Navajo land could help power Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES – With the recent closure of the coal-fired Navajo Generating Station, the Navajo leaders are looking to jump start the tribal economy by partnering with Los Angeles to bring clean energy to the second-largest U.S. city using resources on tribal land.


Verde River watershed gets a grade of C+, but that ‘actually is very good’

CAMP VERDE — The first-ever Verde Watershed Report Card gave the river a C+. The report takes into account the quality of the habitat, the community and the water in and along the Verde River.


Hot planet: January 2020 was warmest January in 141 years of records, NOAA says

PHOENIX – January 2020 was the warmest January recorded across the world. But what does that mean for Arizona?


Blasting sacred sites for border wall ‘forever damaged’ tribes

WASHINGTON - An emotional Tohono O'odham Nation chairman told lawmakers Wednesday that blasting on sacred sites in national monuments to build a border wall near his reservation has "forever damaged our people."


UNESCO urged to protect World Heritage Site threatened by border wall construction

HERMOSILLO, Mexico – The Trump administration’s border wall construction is threatening El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, according to a petition by conservationists and the Tohono O’odham Tribe.