Sustainability

El Niño: Is winter over for Arizona?

On Arizona State University’s Tempe campus Wednesday, people laid in the sun and others took a nap on the grass. It’s the middle of winter, but it doesn’t seem that way in Phoenix.


Phoenix plans to go green by making neighborhoods happier and healthier

Phoenix leaders want to make neighborhoods happier and healthier under a proposal to create a more environmentally conscious city -- but they want to hear from residents first.

Playground photo

Let the drain begin: Tempe Town Lake emptying for dam construction

TEMPE – Tempe Town Lake will soon be dry.

Pipes draining lake

National parks need $11.9 billion in maintenance, $580 million in state

WASHINGTON - Arizona parks and monuments had more than $580 million in deferred maintenance at the end of fiscal 2015, part of a national backlog totaling $11.9 billion, according to a new National Park Service report.


Six months later, Gold King Mine crisis has passed but concerns linger

WASHINGTON - Six months after the Gold King Mine spill dumped nearly 3 million gallons of toxins into the Animas River, regulators say the immediate threat has passed and that an abandoned mine survey has "not discovered anything similar" in Arizona.


Navajo, others press EPA, Congress to act on uranium mine cleanup

WASHINGTON - Longtime Sanders resident Wayne Lynch was told in July that the water on his ranch contained dangerously high amounts of uranium, yet he is still using it.


Waste Management Phoenix Open goes environmentally green

SCOTTSDALE – The grass isn’t the only thing that’s green at the Waste Management Phoenix Open this week.


Anti-litter groups: Cigarette butts trash Valley freeways

The cigarettes that are detrimental to your health are also littering Arizona freeways, creating eyesores, leaching chemicals and causing a fire hazard.


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.


Confusing food expiration labels can lead to food waste

“Best by.” “Sell by.” “Enjoy by.”


Western mayors call for cooperation on water problems, solutions

WASHINGTON - Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton had a message for the group of Western mayors gathered in the nation's capital Wednesday to talk about water resources: It's time to work together.

drought hearing

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?