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Leadership at Chemical Safety Board questioned amid investigation backlog

New, damning evidence of management failures within the U.S. Chemical Safety Board was presented Thursday at a congressional hearing.... Read more»

Lawmakers complain about shoddy intelligence contractor database

The U.S. intelligence community has been outsourcing much of its sensitive work to private contractors, but it’s had a hard time figuring out just how much and explaining why. That’s made it particularly difficult for lawmakers on Capitol Hill to assess whether the contracting is excessive or wasteful, as some independent groups have alleged.... Read more»

House adopts amendment to bar NSA encryption meddling

An amendment designed to bar the National Security Agency from undermining encryption standards was approved by the House on a voice vote Thursday night. Another amendment, barring NSA “backdoor spying” via foreign databases, was opposed by Rep. Ron Barber and supported by Rep. Raul Grijalva.... Read more»

Are any countries seriously trying to tackle the climate crisis?

With floods, droughts, forest fires and extreme storms on the rise, President Barack Obama has been attempting to reassert U.S. leadership in the fight against climate change. So, as negotiators frantically attempt to agree on a new United Nations climate treaty, due to be inked in Paris late next year, how does the rest of the world stack up to the U.S. when it comes to tackling the climate crisis?... Read more»

Az company shows off ‘bio-based’ products at event in Capitol

Phoenix-based Yulex Corp.was one of 35 companies, from 25 states, invited by Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., to show the promise of bio-based manufacturing at a congressional event in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday.... Read more»

Net neutrality and the First Amendment: Who has the right to free speech?

It’s been one month since the FCC voted on a proposal critics say would kill net neutrality. With just one month left until comment period ends, both sides of the debate are demanding First Amendment rights.... Read more»

Why online tracking is getting creepier

The merger of online and offline data is bringing more intrusive tracking.... Read more»

2.8 million Arizonans live within zones vulnerable to toxic leaks

More than 2.8 million Arizona residents — or 44 percent of the state’s population — live within areas that are most vulnerable to a catastrophic accidental release of gaseous, and sometimes explosive hazardous chemicals. The toxic agents, which the EPA deems extremely hazardous, are stored in more than 100 facilities and, when released, can cause temporary blindness, searing pain, suffocation, and even death.... Read more»

Analysis

Rooftop solar adoption in emerging residential markets

Solar energy has become a tangible solution to rising electricity costs and carbon emissions for many Americans. Declining installation prices and solar-friendly policies in many states have led to tremendous growth in rooftop solar installations. In 2013, residential solar photovoltaic, or PV, capacity increased 60 percent over the previous year, reaching 792 megawatts. Today, a new solar power system is installed every four minutes in the United States.... Read more»

House committee puts NSA on notice over encryption standards

An amendment would remove requirement that the National Institute of Standards and Technology consult with the NSA on encryption standards .... Read more»

Senate panel approves bill to streamline tribal energy development

Navajo officials applauded a committee’s approval of an energy bill that has provisions making it easier for the tribe to sign mining leases on its lands. But while critics liked the bill’s renewable-energy language, they worried about the possibility of increased coal mining.... Read more»

Graphic: Where America's most-skilled foreign workers come from

Every year, the US lets in 65,000 of the world’s top-skilled workers. Here’s where they come from and what they do.... Read more»1

Ocelot sighting adds new delay to Rosemont Mine

The discovery of a lone male ocelot roaming around the proposed Rosemont Mine in the Santa Rita Mountains will delay the controversial project. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials will review their analysis of the environmental impact of the copper mine.... Read more»

Cheney's misguided missile attack

Dick Cheney says President Obama scrapped the Bush administration’s missile defense system in Europe “at the mere request” of Russian President Vladimir Putin. That’s false.... Read more»

TUSD installing solar arrays at 41 schools

TUSD will install solar arrays at 41 schools across the district over the next 18 months, creating almost 19 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually.... Read more»

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