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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
cbp badge
Customs and Border Protection says it will soon start work on a series of remediation projects on some parts of the border wall built by the Trump administration in Arizona.
Apr. 6, 2022
coolidge generating station
SRP wants to make its natural gas generating station near Randolph in Coolidge much larger. That has residents of this historically Black community concerned about pollution and their quality of life.
Apr. 6, 2022
The newly-built border wall
When President Biden took office in 2021, he ordered a halt to border wall construction. There’s little Arizona Republicans can do to finish what the Trump administration started. But that doesn’t necessarily matter to GOP voters.
Apr. 5, 2022
President Joe Biden
The Havasupai Tribe has written a letter to the secretary of Energy asking her to exempt Pinyon Plain Mine, located near the Grand Canyon, from a uranium subsidy program.
Apr. 5, 2022
Pinyon Plain Mine
For years, low prices and a glut in global markets have forced U.S. uranium producers to sit on the sidelines. But the war in Ukraine has led to higher prices, and the industry’s push to create a government subsidy for domestic uranium could be gaining traction.
Apr. 5, 2022
Abandoned uranium mine site
Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez met with members of Congress in support of the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act.
Apr. 4, 2022
water faucet
Upholding a Trump-era environmental policy, the Environmental Protection Agency says it will not regulate a drinking water contaminant that has been linked to brain damage in infants.
Apr. 1, 2022
Chiricahua National Monument
Though the title shift might not seem important, the bill's sponsors say it could expand conservation efforts.
Apr. 1, 2022
Young Sonoran desert tortoise
The Sonoran desert tortoise has been denied endangered species status for a second time. That’s after environmental advocates have pushed for 14 years to protect an iconic species of the desert Southwest.
Mar. 31, 2022
Pinyon Plain Mine
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has caused ripple effects across the globe, including one that could be felt strongest in the Southwest. And it involves an element found underground.
Mar. 31, 2022
Flag of Ukraine
The war in Ukraine has some lawmakers and industry advocates calling for more oil and gas development.
Mar. 30, 2022
Border wall
This month the Biden administration reached a settlement with conservation groups that filed suit against the Trump administration’s use of Department of Defense funds to build the border wall.
Mar. 29, 2022
Tonto National Forest
Tonto National Forest is proposing to charge fees at a number of popular recreation sites.
Mar. 28, 2022
Glen Canyon Dam
Climate change is quickly drying up Arizona’s two big reservoirs, Lake Powell and Lake Mead. As water levels plummet, the environmental effects are already being felt across the Southwest. But Tony Davis reports there’s another looming problem the low levels will cause: power supply.
Mar. 28, 2022
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The Arizona Game and Fish Department has confirmed the presence of golden algae blooms in some Salt River chain lakes: Saguaro, Canyon and Apache.
Mar. 28, 2022
desalination equipment
Earlier this year, Gov. Doug Ducey proposed a $1 billion desalination project to ease Arizona’s water issues. Seth Seigel is an author who studied Israel’s use of desalination and other methods to solve its own water issues. He told PBS’s “Arizona Horizon” that desalination is helpful, but not a solution on its own.
More Arizona water news
Mar. 26, 2022
wood that has been infested by bark beetles
The Prescott National Forest will undergo thinning operations with hopes of squashing one pest that’s plagued the area for years.
Mar. 25, 2022

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