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The EPA unintentionally released about a million gallons of yellow sludge from a Colorado mine into the Animas River Thursday. Officials downstream blasted the agency for not initially taking the spill more seriously.
August 07, 2015
Universities across the Southwest are redesigning their campuses to make them more environmentally friendly. That includes one college transformation in West Texas that combines desert landscaping with Himalayan architecture.
July 15, 2015
City crews were cleaning up streets in parts of Nogales, Ariz., on Monday after monsoon rains caused the city’s main wash to flood.
July 13, 2015
Electric Reliability Council of Texas
Arizona is nation’s largest producer of solar energy per capita, in large part due to the state’s renewable energy mandate that forces utilities to buy solar and wind energy. But the state that leads the nation in wind power — Texas — is now flirting with the notion of eliminating its mandate, one that analysts say has paved the way for Texas to embrace wind power.
July 10, 2015
After years of record-breaking wildfires across the southwest, fire managers are finally catching their breath this season. A wetter-than-average spring is allowing them to focus on preventing mega-fires in the future.
June 26, 2015
Illegal Dump
This time of year long parades of tourists drive through the Hopi and Navajo Nations taking pictures of the painted desert, red sandstone buttes and desert wildflowers. What they often don’t see behind the rocks -- illegal dumpsites.
June 25, 2015
Lionel Tsosie
Native Americans hold eagle feathers as sacred and for centuries have used them in traditional ceremonies. Only members of federally recognized tribes are allowed to possess the feathers. But it’s not easy to obtain feathers legally. The Navajo Zoo is trying to change that.
June 11, 2015
Tusayan
As many as 200,000 people submitted comments to the U.S. Forest Service urging the agency to reject development plans just south of the Grand Canyon.
June 03, 2015
We know that too much salt is bad for your diet. It's also bad for growing crops. Salty soil is a common problem for farmers in the arid West. It only gets worse during a drought when there's not enough water to flush the salts out. In New Mexico one crop that's suffering is the state's beloved chile pepper.
June 01, 2015
buried house
A third of the Navajo Nation is now covered with sand dunes -- the result of climate change. Roads, corrals, entire homes have been buried in sand, creating what President Barack Obama calls “climate change refugees.”
May 28, 2015

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