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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
Al Gore ASU virtual climate change talk
With Earth Day approaching, a group of academics gathered at Arizona State University for a virtual and in-person conference on climate change and democracy.
Apr. 20, 2022
Prescott National Forest sign
Prescott National Forest officials said in a statement that this weekend’s weather could bring “extreme fire danger” to the site of the Crooks Fire, which was 96% contained as of Sunday.
Apr. 18, 2022
drawing and driving by Steven Yazzie
Earthworks is a genre of art that dawned in the 1960s. Artists left institutions to work directly on the land, their work shedding light on our relationship with the planet. Now, the ASU Art Museum is looking at that relationship through a contemporary lens.
Apr. 18, 2022
wildflowers in peridot, az
Even as temperatures in the Valley are climbing into the 90s, this remains one of the most beautiful times of year here. In large part, that’s because of the varieties of wildflowers that have emerged with gorgeous, bright colors that create such a unique landscape.
Apr. 18, 2022
A wildland firefighter at Museum Fire
The Museum Fire in Flagstaff burned nearly 2,000 acres in 2019. Then a rain event of a magnitude that only happens every few hundred years fell on its burn scar. It resulted in mass flooding of homes in several Flagstaff neighborhoods.
Apr. 18, 2022
Arizona Corporation Commission building
Two or three decades ago, the concept of environmental justice was mostly talked about in academic circles. A recent ruling on a gas plant expansion shows the idea has entered the mainstream.
Apr. 13, 2022
vaquita mural
A USMCA environmental commission is recommending a full investigation into allegations that Mexico has failed to protect a critically endangered porpoise in the Upper Gulf of California.
Apr. 13, 2022
Mexican wolf
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will publish revisions Thursday to its five-year-old Mexican Wolf Recovery Plan that it says will improve protections for the endangered species.
Apr. 13, 2022
Quitobaquito
Renewal construction will soon be underway at Quitobaquito Springs, a cherished natural water source along the border at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.
Apr. 12, 2022
Arizona Corporation Commission building
Conservationists and residents of the community of Randolph gathered outside the Arizona Corporation Commission building Tuesday to protest Salt River Project’s expansion of a gas-fired generating station. The commission voted 4-1 to deny the project.
Apr. 12, 2022
White Mesa Mill
In December, the Environmental Protection Agency warned that a uranium mill in southern Utah was in violation of environmental guidelines. Conservationists have found little has changed since then.
Apr. 11, 2022
Orange Mall Student Pavilion ASU Tempe campus
From solar panels to water fixtures, building plans have adapted over the years to promote sustainable practices. That certification process has expanded to also include outdoor environments like Orange Mall at ASU's Tempe campus.
Apr. 8, 2022
SRP building
Utility customers sent new members to Salt River Project’s governing bodies in elections Tuesday.
Apr. 6, 2022
san pedro river
The San Pedro River is one of the last free-flowing rivers in the Southwest. Last week, a federal judge rejected a plan by the U.S. Army and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect the San Pedro.
Apr. 6, 2022

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