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downtown tucson
The city of Tucson is getting federal money to clean up contaminants in its groundwater, part of a sum coming from the Infrastructure law passed by Congress this year.
May. 26, 2022
Rosemont Copper Mine site in the Santa Rita Mountains near Tucson
Per a court order this week, Canadian mining company Hudbay Minerals is allowed to continue work on a new copper mining project slated for a slope of the Santa Rita Mountains in southern Arizona.
May. 26, 2022
Crossing the highway
A mountain lion was hit by a trailer on a highway in northern Sonora’s Sky Islands region. The animal may have survived, but conservation groups say the incident highlights the need for wildlife crossings to protect animals from drivers.
May. 25, 2022
Canyon Mine
Whether it’s because of the spike in gas prices, the recent chip shortage, or growing enthusiasm for alternative energy use, Congress is considering legislation that would update a 150-year-old mining law.
May. 24, 2022
Joe Biden
President Joe Biden’s order to protect the nation’s oldest woodlands is raising a simple but vexing question: When does a forest grow old?
May. 20, 2022
Raúl Grijalva
Earlier this week, the controversy over a planned development near Benson went up a notch when Congressman Raul Grijalva announced that the House Natural Resources Committee is calling for a criminal investigation into what caused the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reverse its stance on the project.
May. 19, 2022
Rosemont Copper Mine site in the Santa Rita Mountains near Tucson
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.
May. 18, 2022
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.
May. 18, 2022
eelgrass seed
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.
May. 17, 2022
a painted bunting
Birding is the art of spotting and identifying an array of bird species as they migrate and nest in the area. And it turns out, Arizonans live in a very good part of the world for birding.
May. 17, 2022
Valley fever coccidioides fungus
A new partnership between the state’s three universities and several state agencies aims to increase understanding of issues like Valley fever and ozone levels in Arizona — and come up with solutions.
May. 16, 2022
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The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday blocked a bid from Rosemont Copper Company to dig a 6,500-foot wide open pit mine about 30 miles southeast of Tucson.
May. 13, 2022
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit building
A federal appeals court has upheld a judge’s ruling that could block approval of an open-pit copper mine in southern Arizona’s Santa Rita Mountains.
May. 12, 2022
David Bernhardt
Democrats on the House Natural Resources Committee have asked the Justice Department to investigate possible criminal conduct regarding a development in southern Arizona during the Trump administration.
May. 11, 2022
 Arizona Trail
A recent report shows that Arizona ranked near the bottom of the list of Western states in public lands protection during the last decade.
May. 11, 2022
Scottsdale city seal
Scottsdale is working on its first sustainability plan and will host two workshops next week to provide an overview of sustainability and hear from residents.
May. 10, 2022
Pinyon Plain Mine
Congressman Raul Grijalva marked the 150th anniversary of the Mining Act of 1872 by calling attention to the law’s shortcomings.
May. 10, 2022
Peaches in a tree
Peaches are often seen as a summer delicacy, and some Phoenix-area residents are getting ready to pick them off trees in their yards. But for Reagan Wytsalucy, this fruit has a much deeper meaning.
May. 10, 2022
Greater Roadrunner running on a road
Humans and animals have coexisted for centuries, but a new book looks to explore ways we could make our environment a bit more friendly for animals.
May. 10, 2022
Quitobaquito a natural water source near the U.S.-Mexico border in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. It’s a sacred site and historic homestead to a southern Arizona tribe and it houses some of the state’s most endangered species. But the site is now in peril.
May. 6, 2022

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