Sustainability News

APS Feeling Revenue Drop Following Disconnect Rule
Arizona Public Service is feeling the effects of a temporary state rule banning power shut offs this summer.
July 19, 2019
Environmental Group Sues U.S. Forest Service
The Center for Biological Diversity is suing the U.S. Forest Service. The environmental group filed notice Wednesday, saying the Forest Service violated a 1998 legal settlement. Back then, the service agreed to keep cattle away from streams in eastern Arizona.
July 18, 2019
BLM Headquarters Moving To Grand Junction, Colorado
The headquarters for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which oversees hundreds of millions of acres of public land, will soon be moving out of Washington, D.C., and into the West. Colorado Public Radio’s Stina Sieg is based in Grand Junction, and joined The Show to talk about the move.
July 17, 2019
Lawsuit Challenges Northern Arizona Fracking Leases
Conservation groups sued the Trump administration Monday for attempting to drill for oil and gas in northern Arizona without an environmental review.
July 16, 2019
Could Desalination Help Arizonas Water Problems?
As states and countries deal with water scarcity, Jim Robbins says desalination has become an increasingly popular option. Tom Buschatzke, director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources, talks about the list of potential solutions for Arizona’s water issues.
July 16, 2019
McSally And Sinema Join Forces To Support Water Bill
Arizona Sens. Martha McSally and Kyrsten Sinema may have had an epic battle on the campaign trail last year, but now they are joining together to sponsor a bill that works to address our region’s dry future.
July 16, 2019
Arizonas 5th-Largest Wildfire Is All But Out
The state’s largest wildfire so far this year is all but out. The Woodbury Fire began June 8 just northeast of Apache Junction and, so far, has burned more than 123,000 acres, making it the fifth-largest wildfire in state history.
July 16, 2019
Analysis: Days In Arizona With A Heat Index Higher Than 105 Could Quadruple
The number of days with a heat index higher than 100 degrees in Arizona could more than double by the middle of the century, and the number of days with a heat index higher than 105 could more than quadruple by midcentury.
July 16, 2019
Environmentalists: Leasing Petrified Forest Land Is A Slippery Slope
Environmentalists want to stop the Bureau of Land Management from leasing more than 4,000 acres of land near the Petrified Forest National Park to the oil and gas industry.
July 16, 2019
Mogollon Rim Campground Fees Could Increase
Fees for Coconino National Forest campgrounds could increase substantially later this year. For example, under the proposal, camping at the Moqui site would move from $30 per night to $100.
July 15, 2019
Research: Groundwater Pumping Cost Some Streams Up To Half Their Flows
Groundwater pumping has cost some streams up to half of their flows, according to new research from the University of Arizona and the Colorado School of Mines.
July 15, 2019
Sulfuric Acid Leak In Mexico’s Sea Of Cortez A ‘Wake-Up Call’
Mexico’s largest mining company spilled sulfuric acid into the Sea of Cortez in Guaymas, Sonora, on Tuesday. Officials say the spill was minor, but it has caused concern because of the company’s legacy of environmental damage.
UNESCO: Vaquita Porpoise Habitat ‘In Danger’
July 12, 2019
Peoria To Convert Street Lights Bulbs To LED
Peoria is replacing its street lights with more energy efficient and longer lasting LED bulbs. Janet Ramsay, manager of the city’s streets division, said the city plans to replace 3,200 street lights throughout the city.
July 11, 2019
Electric Scooters Coming To Downtown Phoenix For Trial Run
Electric scooters will soon be available in downtown Phoenix. The City Council has approved a six-month pilot program for e-scooters, which is expected to start in mid-September.
July 11, 2019
Ducey Not Among Governors Calling For Increased Fuel Efficiency
Governors of 23 states and Puerto Rico this week urged the Trump administration to adopt a stronger fuel economy standard for vehicles. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey was not one of those governors.
July 11, 2019
Legislators, Groups Work To Help Arizonans Beat The Heat
Heat-related deaths are all too common in Arizona. In 2018, excessively hot temperatures claimed 182 lives in the Phoenix area, according to the Maricopa County Department of Public Health. It was a new record — and the numbers continue to rise.
July 10, 2019
Mesa Launches Online Transportation Survey
“We want people to log on to a website and give us some feedback, you know, good, bad or ugly about how they feel about transportation in the city of Mesa and what we can do to be better at that,” Mayor John Giles said.
July 9, 2019
Nearly 50 Wildfires Burning Since Holiday Weekend Started
Fire crews are working around the state trying to contain dozens of fires sparked over the holiday weekend.
July 9, 2019
Dirty Recycling Contaminated Mostly By Food
Twenty-five to 30% of what we put into the recycle bin is too dirty with other trash to go anywhere but the landfill. This percentage of dirty recyclables is covered primarily with food waste, according to a recycling association.
July 8, 2019
Young People Sue Government To Combat Climate Change
The fight over climate change has been one of the most intense public policy debates on the national and international stage. Though a great majority of the public believes in climate change’s existence, many elected officials have refused to agree with that assessment.
July 3, 2019