Environment

Snow on the I-40 near Flagstaff
Northern Arizona faced a passing storm bringing snow and cold weather last week. Meteorologist Justin Johndrow from the National Weather Service based in Flagstaff said the effects of the storm had varying impacts across the region.
Nov. 5, 2022
U.S. Supreme Court
The U.S. Supreme Court is considering narrowing the Clean Water Act, a federal law that regulates pollutants in water and wetlands. Some have pointed to a disproportionate amount of harm a decision to narrow that scope could have on Indigenous communities.
Nov. 3, 2022
Great American Seed Up
The Great American Seed Up is Nov. 4-5 in Phoenix, and co-founder Belle Starr says there are more than 80 different varieties of bulk seed you can pick up there — including fruits, veggies and flowers.
Nov. 3, 2022
Conservationists have long described the impacts of the border wall on wildlife in the Arizona-Sonora borderlands. Now, a new study looks at how that infrastructure is causing increased energy expenditures for jaguar populations.
Nov. 2, 2022
Alfonso Durazo
Mexico will share a plan to develop new sustainable energy solutions in neighboring Sonora at the United Nation’s Climate Change Conference this month. Leaders see that as a major opportunity for the state.
Nov. 2, 2022
Mule deer
New studies have allowed researchers to learn more about wildlife migration in recent years. That information is more important than ever.
Nov. 1, 2022
Shipping containers on the Arizona-Mexico border
As Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's shipping container wall continues to advance along a stretch of border on Coronado National Forest land in Cochise County, conservationists monitoring wildlife are expecting the worst.
Oct. 31, 2022
clouds
Some cooler weather is headed to the Valley this week. Phoenix-based National Weather Service meteorologist Mark O’Malley describes what weather conditions residents can expect.
Oct. 30, 2022
pelican in the water
The recent deaths of more than a dozen pelicans at Phoenix Zoo were caused by an avian virus first detected in Arizona in June. Arizona Game and Fish wildlife veterinarian Anne Justice-Allen says other cases showed up among Canada geese in Chandler and Gilbert last month.
Oct. 29, 2022
Paradise Valley District school buses
Several Arizona school districts are switching from diesel school buses to electric ones thanks to federal funds granted through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
Oct. 28, 2022
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U.S. climate envoy John Kerry is set to arrive in Sonora on Friday. Ahead of his visit, Sonoran officials have been touting progress toward renewable energy — including a promised lithium battery plant.
Oct. 27, 2022
a thermometer and the sun
As elections grow increasingly divisive — particularly in Arizona — The Show decided to focus this year on issues, not candidates. And today we're focusing on those that we can really feel: climate and the environment.
Oct. 26, 2022
Arizona Gov Doug Ducey surveys shipping containers used to close gaps in the border wall
Gov. Doug Ducey’s office is creating another makeshift border wall out of shipping containers. This time along a stretch of federal land in Cochise County that has conservationists concerned.
Oct. 25, 2022
Arizona game and fish department logo
The Arizona Game and Fish Department will receive more than $350,000 to purchase 30 acres in Pima County for desert tortoise and cactus ferruginous pygmy owl habitat.
Oct. 25, 2022
desert tortoise
From sea turtles to desert tortoises, pelicans to opossums, a wildlife rescue in the Sonoran beach town of San Carlos cares for and protects both desert and marine animals in this part of the Gulf of California. And in the process, it’s changing people’s attitudes toward the wildlife around them.
Oct. 25, 2022
White Mesa Mill
Members of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe joined with members of the Grand Canyon Trust and others to protest White Mesa Mill uranium processing plant and the threats it might pose to local air and water quality.
Oct. 24, 2022
Creek gates close
The active summer monsoon was good for Arizona’s streams and other water sources. But the end of the rainy season could present problems for wildlife in the southern part of the state.
Oct. 24, 2022
Kaibab National Forest project manager Samantha Flores
In northern Arizona, officials are working to clear overgrown tree lines that haven’t been touched in generations. It's an expensive operation officials hope will save the region’s biggest towns from even more costly fires and floods.
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Oct. 24, 2022
Campfire
Campers will have limited access to what's considered a very remote campground in the Prescott National Forest this year. The Yavapai Campground will remain closed for this upcoming winter season.
Oct. 21, 2022
downtown tucson
Lawmakers in Arizona are renewing calls for the federal government to help clean up groundwater in the Tucson area that has been contaminated by military activities.
Oct. 19, 2022

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