Environment

TSMC fab plant
President Joe Biden visited north Phoenix on Tuesday to mark a major announcement in the semiconductor industry. The Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, known as TSMC, plans to invest $40 billion in Arizona between a nearly completed facility and a second plant expected to open in 2026.
More Arizona business news
Dec. 6, 2022
Bureau of Land Management sign
The Biden administration wants to use public lands to develop renewable energy. But even renewable energy projects, which are presumably good for the environment, can present trade-offs.
Dec. 6, 2022
Charge Point electric vehicle charging station Flagstaff
Arizona is set to get more than $76.5 million over the next five years as part of a national electric vehicle infrastructure program. While the Arizona Department of Transportation plans to add public charging stations along interstate highways, utility companies are preparing for more cars that rely on the power grid.
Dec. 4, 2022
A nesting pair of bald eagles
It’s bald eagle breeding season in Arizona, and the Arizona Game and Fish Department has placed restrictions on certain wildlife areas. Recreationists, aircraft pilots, drone users and motorized paragliders are encouraged to not disturb the breeding areas.
Dec. 3, 2022
Arizona Gov Doug Ducey surveys shipping containers used to close gaps in the border wall
The U.S. Forest Service issued a warning to visitors coming to the Coronado National Forest in southeastern Arizona.
Dec. 1, 2022
Guaymas sewage
By early next year, Sonoran officials say the coastal municipality of Guaymas, which has long struggled with a collapsing sewage system and spotty access to drinking water, will take control of its own water operations.
Nov. 30, 2022
Salton Sea
The drought has sent federal agencies scrambling to keep Lake Mead and Lake Powell from falling. They are trying to keep California’s largest lake from drying up as well.
Nov. 29, 2022
California condor
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility would like the National Park Service to ban the use of lead in ammunition and fishing tackle.
Nov. 28, 2022
A Scottsdale animal shelter took in five orphaned bear cubs last year in hopes of later releasing them. All five have been returned to the wild.
Nov. 23, 2022
Environmental groups are watching closely to see how Arizona’s next governor, Katie Hobbs, will handle a makeshift wall of shipping containers the state is putting up along the border.
Nov. 23, 2022
Bureau of Land Management sign
A Washington-based policy group says that the Biden administration will need to do more in 2023 in order to meet its climate goals. The Bureau of Land Management could figure prominently in those efforts.
Nov. 23, 2022
Tonto National Forest
Tonto National Forest will begin cleanup operations for an abandoned asbestos mill located south of Young.
Nov. 22, 2022
mangrove propagules
Mangroves are considered one of the planet’s most important ecosystems. But they are disappearing world wide because of threats including climate change, urban development and other human activities. So, an Indigenous conservation group is working to protect some of the northernmost mangroves on the North American continent.
More news from the Fronteras Desk
Nov. 21, 2022
Grand Canyon
Arizona State University is celebrating the anniversary of a book that explored the Grand Canyon and its geology. "The Tertiary History of the Grand Canyon District with Atlas" by Clarence Dutton came out 140 years ago.
Nov. 21, 2022
Bureau of Land Management sign
The Bureau of Land Management has instructed its state offices to identify migration corridors and develop strategies to maintain or restore them.
Nov. 16, 2022
Developers looking for tax breaks in Phoenix will need to demonstrate a "true" public benefit, based on policies amended by the City Council on Tuesday.
Nov. 15, 2022
The Bush Fire
The 2020 Bush Fire burned nearly 200,000 acres of land, and with it, countless saguaro cactuses. But a program at Scottsdale Community College is working on bringing saguaros back to the area.
Nov. 14, 2022
jaguar
A new report assesses the causes, scope and impacts of growing wildlife trafficking in Mexico, where species like jaguars, sloths, monkeys and lizards are being openly traded — both in public markets and on social media.
Nov. 10, 2022
Tonto National Forest
Conservation groups have filed a notice of intent to sue a pair of federal agencies for their failure to control overgrazing on public lands. Tonto National Forest is home to many threatened and endangered species.
Nov. 9, 2022
A female Mexican gray wolf in Saguaro National Park
A coalition of government and non-government organizations will work to remove barbed wire fencing near Oracle Road north of Tucson on Saturday.
Nov. 7, 2022

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