Environment

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
border wall
The Sky Island Alliance placed dozens of game cameras in southern Arizona after the Biden administration took office. The alliance has found that animals make up the bulk of traffic along the border. Most of the human traffic is Border Patrol, construction workers or ranchers.
May. 4, 2022
four people separated by plexiglass in large room with many empty seats
As the Phoenix City Council prepares to approve a new budget to start in July, some members are already looking ahead to the next year.
May. 3, 2022
Grand Canyon National Park
Every winter, Grand Canyon National Park closes its North Rim lodge and other services for the season. But this year’s reopening is just around the corner.
May. 3, 2022
future interstate 11 between phoenix and las vegas
A group of conservationists has filed suit to challenge the Federal Highway Administration’s approval of Interstate 11, from Nogales to northern Arizona.
May. 2, 2022
bee on flower
The federal government is expected later this year to make a decision on whether to continue to allow the use of a type of insecticide for another 15 years. Critics worry about this class of pesticide and the effect it has on the overall ecology — including on pollinators.
May. 2, 2022
Pinyon Plain Mine
Arizona granted an aquifer protection permit to a mining firm recently that enables the company to prepare to start extracting uranium ore near Grand Canyon National Park.
May. 1, 2022
Colorado River
Leaders in the Yuma area are hosting a roundtable Thursday afternoon to discuss how drought and cuts in Colorado River output will affect water infrastructure and needs going forward.
Apr. 27, 2022
Maya train construction
Conservation groups are suing the Mexican government in order to halt construction on a tourist train through the Maya forest in southern Mexico. Parts of the project have moved forward without the usual environmental assessments.
Apr. 27, 2022
An elephant bush succulent in a pot
Arizona is known for a lot of things, including some of our unique flora and fauna. But succulents have grown in popularity beyond just the desert. And while they can be a fairly low-maintenance plant, they are not no-maintenance, even in the Southwest.
Apr. 27, 2022
a private property sign on a wooden fence post
Dating back to the earliest days of western expansion in the U.S. is a collection of checkerboard patterns that divide public lands from private lands.
Apr. 27, 2022
Grand Canyon hikers
A Flagstaff man has pleaded guilty to guiding in the backcountry of Grand Canyon National Park without a license.
Apr. 26, 2022
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Firefighters in southern Arizona are making headway battling the Locklin Fire. The blaze was reported late Monday night in the town of Bisbee in Cochise County.
Apr. 26, 2022
flames from the tunnel fire
The Tunnel Fire continues to burn acreage in northern Arizona, signaling the beginning of wildfire season in the state.
Apr. 25, 2022
the phoenix skyline looking toward downtown
Phoenix continues to rank among the smoggiest cities in the nation. And other forms of air pollution in the Phoenix area are also becoming more severe, according to the American Lung Association's annual State of the Air report, released Thursday.
Apr. 21, 2022
Raúl Grijalva
Southern Arizona Congressman Raúl Grijalva hosted a community event in Tucson on Wednesday to give details about a bill he’s part of that would make access to clean air and water a right protected by law.
Apr. 21, 2022
Stinknet weed invasive species
Arizona's desert conditions aren't friendly to many flowers and plants — and that goes for invasive species, too. One of the worst is a winter annual growth called stinknet.
Apr. 21, 2022
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Mexico’s Senate has passed a bill that will nationalize lithium mining in the country. Sonoran leaders are touting that as a win for the state.
Apr. 20, 2022

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