A growing global debate over an energy source with a deadly past is playing out amidst the sweet sage and pine trees of the forests right by the Grand Canyon. More than a decade since the disastrous Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan, interest in uranium is on the rise again. And Arizona has cleared the way for a once stagnant mine to resume operations.
This month, a federal court upheld a previous order that blocked Hudbay Minerals from building an open-pit copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains outside Tucson. But advocates say some construction is still moving forward on another slope of the mountain range.
Another state in Mexico decriminalized abortion this week. It’s the eighth of Mexico’s 32 states to legalize the procedure. It marks a major step forward, but advocates say there’s still a long way to go to guarantee access to pregnant people across the country.
New data from Customs and Border Protection shows border officers encountered migrants more than 234,000 times in April. Data shows made less arrests between ports, more encounters overall and a similarly high instance of repeat crossings.
An Indigenous nation on the Sonoran coast of the Gulf of California is working to revive an ancient tradition of using seagrass as a food source. The plant is also drawing international interest, both for its nutritional value and its importance to combating climate change.
This week, a federal judge in Louisiana is expected to rule on whether the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can terminate Title 42 on May 23 as planned. It’s the latest in a simmering political battle over the future of the pandemic-era protocol that restricts asylum at the border.
Mexican educators are being promised retroactive raises. To address what federal officials call inequities in pay for the country’s hundreds of thousands of educators, Mexico will spend some $1.2 billion on those raises.
An organization that helps families search for loved ones who have gone missing while migrating says nearly four times as many migrants were reported missing last year in Mexico than in 2020. A new report finds many were locked up in detention centers without access to communication.
Construction is now underway on a massive, government-owned solar plant near the well-known Sonoran beach town of Rocky Point. The project is by far the most significant solar energy plant undertaken by the Mexican government.
A low-precipitation monsoon season could have serious impacts on the state's critical agricultural sector, and could even compromise cities' ability to ensure reliable water access. → More news from the Fronteras Desk