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washing hands with water
The Show spoke with Kathleen Ferris, a senior research fellow at the Kyl Center for Water Policy at Arizona State University, about Arizona's groundwater concerns.
Aug. 31, 2023
Arizona Capitol copper dome statue Phoenix
The Arizona Legislature wrapped up its longest session on record last month, and conservationists say in spite of the extra time, lawmakers did little to address the state’s environmental problems.
Aug. 30, 2023
Cowboy riding horse into the Arizona desert sunset
The Bureau of Land Management has been working on an environmental assessment for recreational development near Apache Junction, and the agency is seeking feedback on the plan.
Aug. 30, 2023
Paul Brierley (left), director of the Arizona Department of Agriculture, sits on a panel with Colorado River Indian Tribes Chairwoman Amelia Flores at the Mesa Convention Center.
Amelia Flores, chairwoman of the Colorado River Indian Tribes, brought attention to critical issues that her tribal farmers face back at home on her community's reservation.
Aug. 30, 2023
Close up of a bale of hay
Arizona congressman Ruben Gallego has introduced legislation to discourage foreign companies from pumping groundwater to raise crops that get shipped overseas.
Aug. 29, 2023
Mexican wolf
The Department of Agriculture compensates ranchers in eastern Arizona when their cattle are killed by Mexican wolves, a species protected under the Endangered Species Act.
Aug. 29, 2023
Hass avocados in the top row compared to Luna avocados in the bottom row.
Avocado cultivation requires a lot of water, and improper planting can accelerate soil erosion. That's why researchers at the University of California Riverside are bringing a new strain of the fleshy green fruit to market.
Aug. 29, 2023
Horseshoe Bend on the Colorado River
A survey conducted by the Center for Western Priorities recently looked at voter support for public lands. It showed that about 85 percent of voters are concerned about losing those lands, as well as impacts from industry.
Aug. 28, 2023
Tiny House
Two Phoenix-area businesses are trying to help those who’ve lost their homes in Maui wildfires by sending tiny homes to the island.
Aug. 28, 2023
Phantom Ranch
Grand Canyon National Park officials are warning that E. coli bacteria has been detected in the water supply near Phantom Ranch – the only lodging at the bottom of the canyon.
Aug. 28, 2023
Colorado River
The Show spoke with Arizona Republic editorial page editor Elvia Díaz about Arizona's usage of water, specifically from the Colorado River.
Aug. 28, 2023
empty swings on a playground
Arizona State University has a program known as Project Cities, where undergraduate students and faculty work on sustainability projects chosen by local cities.
Aug. 28, 2023
Rochelle Garcia Seed to Plate, Soil to Sky
Lois Ellen Frank's latest cookbook, “Seed to Plate, Soil to Sky: Modern Plant-Based Recipes using Native American Ingredients,” is a love letter to the foods and flavors from the Southwest — but most of all, the Indigenous producers who cultivate and cherish them.
Aug. 27, 2023
A closeup of the underside of a fake, hollow rock is shown here. It is filled with bees and the hive they built inside the hollow space. Here they can be seen crawling between the layers of honeycomb they built.
Separate bee attacks hospitalized two people in Chandler and a Sun City golf course worker last week. Arizona is home to a large population of one kind of bee that might explain why.
Aug. 25, 2023
Arizona Drought August
After a wet winter, drought conditions had significantly improved across Arizona. But now, our hot summer has started to reverse the trend.
Aug. 24, 2023
Prickly pear cactus paddles and various textiles dyed with cochineal in studio.
The Show continues its series Saguaro Land with a conversation on a bug that has played a critical role in the textile world for a while, with Erika Lynne Hanson, an associate professor of Textiles and Socially Engaged Practices at Arizona State University.
Aug. 24, 2023
A pair of Mexican spotted owl fledglings
The hearing Thursday in Tucson covers a pair of mining projects slated for a stretch of U.S. Forest Service land in southern Arizona. A federal judge will hear their arguments for halting all mining activity while the a larger case proceeds.
Aug. 23, 2023
Narrow-headed garter snake
The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit on Aug. 22 accusing two federal agencies of failing to protect the habitats of two snake species in Arizona and New Mexico.
Aug. 22, 2023
woman wades across the Rio Grande
Texas installed roughly 1000-feet of giant orange buoys are held together by sharp metal pieces and surrounded by barbed wire earlier this year.
Aug. 21, 2023
Kevin Hultine
There’s perhaps no symbol more strongly associated with Arizona than the saguaro cactus. But this summer’s record-breaking heat has been so extreme, even some of these desert-adapted plants have died. And scientists are concerned about the future of the species in a warming climate.
Aug. 21, 2023

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