Environment

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
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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
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

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