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Public News Service - AZ: Environment

The Grand Falls, also known as Chocolate Falls, are a major feature of the 338-mile Little Colorado River in northern Arizona. (EasyArts/Adobe Stock)

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Conservation groups say a proposal to build dams along Arizona's Little Colorado River could trigger an environmental disaster. A Phoenix-based company has filed for a permit to construct two dams that would generate power through a process known as pumped hydro storage. It

The Glen Canyon Dam towers 710 feet above the original Colorado River channel, producing hydroelectric power and impounding Lake Powell as a water storage reservoir. (Jason/Adobe Stock)

PAGE, Ariz. – A trio of conservation groups is suing the federal government to force it to use climate science in its management of Glen Canyon Dam and the upper Colorado River. In the suit, the groups are asking a federal judge to invalidate a 2016 Bureau of Reclamation environmental study,

A Trump administration plan to block California and other states from setting tougher emissions standards is getting pushback from a number of cities and states. (orlando/AdobeStock)<br /><br />

PHOENIX — Concern over air quality, climate change and local control is causing Arizona officials and others to speak out against an Environmental Protection Agency proposal to cut emissions standards. The plan would prevent states from setting tougher pollution controls on cars and trucks.

Arizona is affected by several aspects of climate change, including dangerously high temperatures, unhealthy air quality and towering, blinding dust storms called “haboobs.” (mdesigner125/AdobeStock)

TUCSON, Ariz. — Younger generations often blame Baby Boomers for ruining the environment, but an organization of seniors in Arizona and elsewhere is taking up the charge to combat climate change. Elders Climate Action Arizona is made up of people 50 and older dedicated to changing policies t

Conservation groups are suing the BLM to halt oil and gas leases in northern Arizona, saying more current and thorough environmental review is needed. (AdobeStock)

HOLBROOK, Ariz. – A coalition of environmental groups has sued the Bureau of Land Management for issuing oil and gas leases in northern Arizona. Together, the Sierra Club, Center for Biological Diversity and WildEarth Guardians are asking a federal district judge to invalidate leases on 4,200

Tens of thousands of grizzly bears used to range from northern Mexico to Alaska, but unregulated hunting has reduced their number to less than 2,000, putting them on the Endangered Species List. (National Park Service)

TUCSON, Ariz. – An Arizona-based conservation group is suing the Trump administration to force it to update the federal recovery plan for grizzly bears. According to the Center for Biological Diversity in Tucson, grizzlies currently range in and around Yellowstone and Glacier national parks

By meeting energy efficiency standards set by state regulators, Arizona utilities cut millions of dollars from electric bills and improved the state's air quality and public health. (EpicStockMedia/AdobeStock)<br /><br />

PHOENIX – Consumer advocates are encouraging the Arizona Corporation Commission to be results-oriented when it sets the state's next energy efficiency standard. The Arizona Public Interest Research Group Education Fund says between 2010 and 2017, every single dollar of ratepayer money invest

Saguaro National Park, home to Arizona's iconic cactus species, is among the state resources that make use of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. (WikimediaCommons)

PHOENIX - Congress could vote its final approval next week on a package of public-lands bills that includes permanently reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The popular federal program, which easily passed in the Senate last week, uses funds from drilling leases to support everything

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