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Joe Hart being sworn in as Arizona Mine Inspector at the 2019 Inauguration of statewide officials at the Arizona State Capitol building in Phoenix, Arizona.

Joe Hart, a former Arizona legislator and state mine inspector, died Sunday, said Gov. Doug Ducey, who ordered flags be flown at half-staff across Arizona on Tuesday in Hart's honor. Read more»

A sign marks the water line last year at Lake Mead, which has since fallen to historically low levels. That triggered a water conservation plan for states in the river basin, but Arizona officials complain that they have to bear too much of the burden while states like California are not being hit.

Faced with deep cuts to the water supply, and angry that other states are not doing their share, tribes and local governments in Arizona are increasingly talking about backing off earlier offers to give up some water. Read more»

Energy efficiency can save homeowners and renters hundreds of dollars a year, and the new Inflation Reduction Act includes a wealth of home improvement rebates and tax incentives to help Americans secure those saving. Read more»

Tucson City Manager Mike Ortega stands to get a $75,000 per-year raise after seven years on the job.

The Tucson City Council is set to vote Tuesday on paying City Manager Mike Ortega $300,000 per year, but the they're being needlessly shifty about it. Plus a plethora of other local government meetings this week. Read more»

An aerial photo of Rosemont's new effort to dump tailings and other rock waste into dry streams along the west-side of the Santa Rita Mountains.

A federal appeals court rejected Rosemont Copper's bid for a new hearing on its mining project southeast of Tucson, keeping a ruling in place which effectively halted the long-controversial mine in the Santa Rita Mountains. Read more»

One of the peaks at the Santa Rita Mountains, about 40 miles south of Tucson, will be renamed to Santa Rita Peak to eliminate the use of a racist and sexist slur against Native Americans. The U.S. Department of Interior announced Thursday that almost 650 sites on public lands nationwide will remove the term from their names.

Hundreds of geographic sites nationwide, including two locations in Southern Arizona and 66 across the state, have been renamed to remove a racial and sexist slur against Native Americans, the U.S. Interior Department announced Thursday. Read more»

In a time when communities across the globe are acutely and painfully feeling the impact of climate change, sequestering the rights to potentially life-changing technology poses moral and ethical quandaries.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s June announcement of the the Climate Change Mitigation Pilot Program was designed to scale up production and distribution of climate tech - but what if this pilot does just as much – or more – harm than good? Read more»

A hazy Downtown Tucson on Wednesday, July 13, 2022. Pima County has had over eight air pollution advisory warnings in 2022.

High heat and air pollution are each problematic for human health, particularly for vulnerable populations such as older adults - and the risk of death on extra-hot and polluted days is about three times greater than the effect of either high heat or high air pollution alone. Read more»

Arizona will get $109.5 million from the federal infrastructure bill this year to improve water systems in the state – a fraction of the $1.4 billion list of needs state officials say they have. Read more»

Concept 1 of the is an option in the Gene C. Reid Park reimagining. The rendering is based on the Reid Park Planning Team's interpretation of public input.

The Tucson Parks and Recreation Department wants the public to help plan the future of Gene C. Reid Park. Read more»

The Alamo Wash Greenway will be renamed after former Mayor Jonathan Rothschild for his work to improve parks and trails in Tucson.

Jonathan Rothschild, a former Tucson mayor, said he's "honored" that the Alamo Wash Greenway will be renamed after him, saying it's "kind" to be remembered that way. In his last years as mayor, Rothschild pushed for voter-approved upgrades to parks and trails. Read more»

Greenland will lose at least 3.3% of its ice, over 100 trillion metric tons. This loss is already committed – ice that must melt and calve icebergs to reestablish Greenland’s balance with prevailing climate.

Greenland’s ice sheet is set to retreat by at least 22,780 square miles, and - if all greenhouse gas emissions driving global warming ceased today - ice loss will raise global sea level by at least 10 inches. Read more»

Oro Valley may be the first jurisdiction in the Tucson area to take up some regulations on short-term rentals like those secured on Airbnb.

Oro Valley staff will present Town Council members with the option to (maybe) regulate short-term rentals. Violations could carry a punishment of $3,500 or suspension of a license to operate such a business. Read more»

Climate advocates have long argued that the movement has been overly focused on individual responsibility when large-scale societal shifts can make a much bigger dent in carbon emissions.

For years, environmental campaigns have espoused actions like biking, taking shorter showers, and turning off the lights - but increasingly, Americans’ concern about climate change appears to be directed more toward the actions of politicians and corporations. Read more»

The ongoing drought in the West is already hitting electricity generation, causing some hydroelectric plants to pump out less power.

A looming heat wave this Labor Day weekend might threaten Western states’ power grids and their residents, with utilities already warning of rotating blackouts, and San Diego and Phoenix are taking aggressive steps to conserve water in the face of recent drought conditions. Read more» 1

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