Sustainability

Plan allowing shooting in Sonoran Desert National Monument advances

WASHINGTON - Federal officials are moving forward with a proposal to allow target shooting on more than 470,000 acres of the Sonoran Desert National Monument - a stark change from a 2012 plan that would have limited shooting to just 84 acres.

FYI: Arizona’s surge in dark sky places combats light pollution

Editor's note: FYI is an ongoing series of feature stories by Cronkite News digital production bureau students that help explain various issues that impact the Valley. TUCSON – Look up at the sky once the sun goes down. How many stars do you see?

New study: rooftop solar power saves water

A new study claims Arizona could save more than 15 billion gallons of water a year if 20 percent of the state’s energy came from rooftop solar. That’s enough to sustain 90,000 homes, or the population of Chandler, for one year.

Mesa Public Library adds to the environment with a seed library

MESA – Hoping to dispel the notion that there is a “very outdated perception of libraries as stuffy places with shelves,” the Mesa Public Library has started a seed library, where patrons can use the free seeds to start a garden, according to librarian Cherise Mead.

Conservation conversation gets heated at hearing to renew park fund

WASHINGTON - Both sides agree that the Land and Water Conservation Fund should be restored, but they could not agree Wednesday on what the new fund should look like or how to spend the $900 million it receives in a typical year.

Water experts set recommendations for Arizona’s future

Arizona has managed its water supplies for decades as the state has grown, but as the drought reaches its 15th year, the state needs to do more to ensure there is water for the future, according to officials at the 107th Arizona Town Hall.