Environment

Bowers holds water bill that threatens the drought plan

A bill that could have derailed a seven-state Drought Contingency Plan that lawmakers passed last month was put on ice at the request of its sponsor, House Speaker Rusty Bowers, after a lengthy and contentious committee hearing.

Bowers still wants hearing on water bill that may derail drought plan

House Speaker Rusty Bowers plans to continue to move forward with water legislation despite threats by the Gila River Indian Community to leave a seven-state drought plan if that legislation because of it.If the...

Poll: Climate change a serious issue for three-fourths of Arizonans, majority of Republicans

Nearly three-in-four Arizona voters believe climate change is a serious problem, including a strong majority of Republicans, according to a new statewide poll of environmental issues.

Tribal leaders testify on climate change’s outsized effect on Indian Country

Clayton Honyumptewa says the Powamuya ceremony will be observed this weekend as usual on parts of the Hopi reservation, but the planting that traditionally follows the ceremony might not come until May.

Rep. Gosar rips Dem’s ‘socialist fairy tale’ climate plan

Gosar called the Green New Deal plan a “socialist fairy tale” at a U.S. House hearing on climate change Tuesday morning.

Grijalva voices support for ‘Green New Deal’

Rep. Raúl Grijalva is on board with young House Democrats pushing for a “Green New Deal” to combat climate change.

Trump nominates ex-Rosemont mine lobbyist to lead Interior

President Trump on Monday announced that he’ll nominate David Bernhardt, a former lobbyist for the Rosemont copper mine in Arizona and George W. Bush administration official, to become the next Interior secretary.

Despite last minute passage of legislation, feds say drought plan is not complete

Arizona lawmakers approved and Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation related to a seven state drought contingency plan just hours before a federal deadline Thursday, but the federal government has said that the deal is...

Number of Arizonans who see climate change as ‘serious problem’ jumps

The number of Arizonans who believe climate change is a “serious problem” has grown sharply in the past three years, according to an annual survey of Western-state voters’ opinions on environmental issues.