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ponderosa pine forests
The warming climate has all kinds of implications for all kinds of aspects of our ecosystems. New research from Northern Arizona University finds even a slight temperature increase in boreal forests can lead to less snow, which in turn leads to other changes.
Apr. 10, 2024
A scenic overview of the Colorado River from the Navajo Bridge near Jacob Lake.
According to a recently published study by researchers from Northern Arizona University, the Colorado River loses more than 19 million acre-feet of water to cities, farms and evaporation every year. That’s roughly the same amount of water used by the 50 largest cities in the country.
Apr. 9, 2024
The EPA announced the first mandatory limits on forever chemicals in the nation’s drinking water Wednesday and is distributing $1 billion to help local governments meet the new standards.
Apr. 9, 2024
Yellow flowers on a plant
Drive around the Phoenix area — or just about anywhere in the state right now — and you’ll see tiny, yellow, globe-like flowers popping up just about anywhere. While, they might look like pretty wildflowers, they are not. They are stinknet.
Apr. 8, 2024
The weather is warming up, people are spending time outside in nature and that could mean a close encounter with a rattlesnake. A Phoenix Herpetological Society shares what you need to know to keep you safe.
Apr. 5, 2024
Scientists have studied declines in the monarch butterfly population in the United States and Mexico for years. A new study suggests it’s even more of a mystery than researchers thought.
Apr. 4, 2024
Panoramic view of a pasture in Solano County
A group of tech billionaires is hoping to get residents in Northern California to approve what backers hope amounts to a new city. The project is called California Forever, and it aims to turn farmland into a medium density city that could grow to up to 400,000 residents.
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Apr. 3, 2024
Close up of a bale of hay
Stakeholders across the Southwest are working to figure out how to use less water on the Colorado River as it continues to shrink. Now, a new study is shedding light on just where much of that shrinking water supply is going: hay.
Apr. 1, 2024
Mormon Flat Dam
One of the major utility providers for the Phoenix area wants to construct a new dam and flood a portion of the desert as part of Arizona’s largest pumped storage hydropower system. The dam would help supplement SRP's solar power generation after dark.
Mar. 29, 2024
Man holds tortoise close to microphone
The Show's new reporter/host Sam Dingman started his time in Arizona with a visit to Phoenix Herpetological Sanctuary — where he got to experience firsthand the things he read about with anxiety back in Brooklyn.
Mar. 28, 2024
Water in tarp with dirt
Coastal cities around the world are contending with rising sea levels and sinking due to land subsidence. We're not on the ocean, but Arizona is sinking, too — due to excessive groundwater pumping.
Mar. 27, 2024
Stinknet
Monument officials announced Wednesday that the picnic area will be closed from March 28 through April 30 due to the density of an invasive and noxious winter weed called stinknet that can grow more than 2 feet tall.
Mar. 27, 2024
An aerial view of Flagstaff, Arizona
Coconino County has approved nearly $8 million for forest restoration projects on the west side of the San Francisco Peaks in Flagstaff and on a mountain overlooking the city of Williams.
Mar. 27, 2024
Mayor Kate Gallego plants a tree
As the weather begins to warm up, the city of Phoenix is kicking off a new program to plant more shade trees around schools.
Mar. 26, 2024
The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry along with Arizona Senate President Warren Petersen and House Speaker Ben Toma asked an appeals court to declare the EPA action unlawful.
Mar. 25, 2024
Joshua trees
The Show's Saguaro Land series showed a lot of love to Arizona's Sonoran Desert. But the state is home to three others, and Angelica Elliott with the Desert Botanical Garden told us more about them.
Mar. 21, 2024
Saguaro cactus.
The Show's Amy Silverman reflects on the Saguaro Land series, and the plight of the iconic Sonoran Desert cactus that is its namesake.
Mar. 21, 2024
A protester holds onto a protect Ha'Kamwe' flag at Wesley Bolin Plaza.
A group of runners and walkers from the Hualapai Tribe finished trekking more than 200 miles over six days from western Arizona to the Valley on Tuesday.
Mar. 20, 2024
Lake Mead
The National Park Service and Federal Aviation Administration announced Tuesday that the voluntary agreement would guide the two agencies in the management of commercial air tours over the recreation area that spans about 1.5 million acres.
Mar. 19, 2024
Michael Kotutwa Johnson is conducting new agricultural research at the University of Arizona to find solutions and combat cenvironmental trends, affecting even some of the most resilient Hopi dry farmers due to climate change.
Mar. 19, 2024

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