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Arizona’s Wildfires—Once Confined to a Season—May Now Be Year-round

Wildfires have burned more acres in 2020 than the two previous years combined. And, thanks to climate change, it’s only poised to get worse.

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Coconino Official Backs Bill to Burn Forest Waste for Renewable Energy

The bill would use small trees, limbs, and tree tops removed during forest restoration efforts for renewable energy.

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Arizona Could See Carbon-Free Energy by 2050

The Arizona Corporation Commission on passed a proposal requiring utilities to be 100% free of carbon emissions by 2050 and meet particular benchmarks along the way.

Polar bear in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Trump Is Running Out of Time. So He’s Taking It Out on the Polar Bears.

President-elect Joe Biden vowed to oppose oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. In the countdown to inauguration, Trump’s White House is doing all it can to ensure it happens.

A home in the Lakeview Senior homes area, with solar panels onthe roof, in Sun City, Arizona on Thursday, June 20, 2013. As the solar power industry skirmishes with utilities over the growth of the home solar panel business, it is enlisting a new political ally: Tea Party activists and other conservative voters. Renewable energy firms have traditionally sought help from the political left by touting the environmental benefits of greener power. But as the industry grows outside of California in (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Corbis via Getty Images)
Major Changes Could Be on the Horizon for Renewable Energy in Arizona

One upcoming decision the Corporation Commission will face is a bipartisan proposal that would require utilities to be 100% carbon-free by 2050.

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Arizona’s Three Largest Cities Slip in Energy Efficiency

Officials in Mesa, Phoenix, and Tucson say their cities have made significant progress in energy efficiency over the past year.

Gregg Sasek, dispersed recreation manager for the Coronado National Forest Santa Catalina Ranger District, demonstrates how ground along the Palisade Trail has been burnt out making it easy for hikers to sink a leg into the soil, on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, near Tucson, Ariz. Various dangers are still being accessed throughout the Coronado National Forest as a result of the Bighorn Fire. (Josh Galemore/Arizona Daily Star via AP, Pool)
Two Fronts: How AZ Fire Fighters Battled Blazes and Coronavirus at the Same Time

Firefighters had the difficult task of keeping two looming dangers at bay: large-scale wildfires and a highly-transmittable virus.