summer cactus
A red-flag warning has been issued for much of Arizona. The National Weather Service in Phoenix says peak wind gusts will reach 30 to 40 miles per hour in the lower deserts. Higher terrain will see even stronger winds.
Sep. 30, 2023
Scientists were unsure for decades whether to believe data suggesting that shallow faults near Seattle had ruptured together or in close succession. Now, the University of Arizona-led research of tree rings has confirmed one or more major earthquakes occurred in the region 11 centuries ago this winter.
Sep. 29, 2023
Gilbert water tower
Gilbert is collaborating with nonprofit Local First Arizona to promote sustainability efforts. Businesses and nonprofits in the town will be encouraged to take actions that reduce water use and minimize waste.
Sep. 29, 2023
Colorful signs are staked inside NATIVE HEALTH's 1,700-square foot traditional garden along West Pierson Street.
Years after the Interior Department displaced a traditional garden from a blight-infested site, NATIVE HEALTH of Phoenix hasn't forgotten about its roots.
More tribal natural resoures stories
Sep. 28, 2023
Trail cameras set up by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have caught images of a wild jaguar twice this year. The federal agency’s database shows two sightings from 2023 — both in the Huachuca Mountains in southern Arizona.
Sep. 28, 2023
shade and trees
Phoenix recently got a $10 million grant from the U.S. Forest Service. The money will go toward planting trees in underserved communities across the city. The Show spoke with Phoenix’s urban tree program manager about the effort.
Sep. 27, 2023
President Donald J. Trump in front of a border wall
The Show spoke with Government Accountability Office director of Natural Resources and Environment Anna Maria Ortiz about what she and her team discovered in an investigation on the environmental effects of former President Donald Trump's border wall.
Sep. 25, 2023
Yarrow’s spiny lizard
The work is based on surveys of dwindling lizard populations in southern Arizona’s sky-island mountain ranges. “We found like 70 years’ worth of extinction in just seven years,” said UA’s John Wiens.
More Arizona Science Desk news
Sep. 20, 2023
President Joe Biden
After being thwarted by Congress, President Joe Biden will use his executive authority to create a New Deal-style American Climate Corps that will serve as a major green jobs training program.
Sep. 20, 2023
An orange tractor
The Natural Resources Conservation Service has begun to take applications for a new round of grants supported by Inflation Reduction Act funding.
Sep. 19, 2023
A female Mexican gray wolf in Saguaro National Park
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it will reintroduce wolves to Colorado. Conservationists support the release, but they say the government needs to do more to promote genetic diversity in Arizona’s population.
Sep. 18, 2023
Flagstaff dark sky sign
The county has had the ordinance in place since the 1980s, but officials say lighting technology has changed since then. Some recommendations in the original ordinance, like low sodium pressure bulbs, are considered archaic.
Sep. 15, 2023
Rivers are a vital source of water throughout the West, and play an essential role in the food chain and the carbon cycle. But two recent papers show river health is failing, confirming some dire predictions of climate models.
Sep. 14, 2023
Trees on fire
The Show spoke with Mary Lata, the fire ecologist for the Tonto National Forest, about the longer season and more severe wildfires affecting the Sonoran Desert on our Saguaro Land series.
Sep. 14, 2023
Underside of a 40-ton hydropower turbine
SRP has invested $2.6 million to fund 36 research-and-development projects at Arizona’s three state universities. The public utility says the undertakings are meant to improve the Valley’s power system and watershed, and to educate a potential workforce on real-world applications.
Sep. 13, 2023
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
The Bureau of Land Management will take public comments on a draft Resource Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement for Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah.
Sep. 13, 2023
Bureau of Land Management sign
The Bureau of Land Management oversees more than 245 million acres of land, most of it in the western United States. Conservationists frequently criticize the agency for its grazing policies, and two of them have filed suit.
Sep. 13, 2023
Burro sign, oatman
The Bureau of Land Management announced a 30-day comment period allowing the public to review an environmental assessment that will manage excess wild burros living in the Three Rivers Complex, south of Kingman.
Sep. 13, 2023
Humphreys Peak Trail sign San Francisco Peaks
With common references to the Valley, Arizonans may be surprised to know we have unusually high elevations. Through our Q&AZ reporting project, a listener asked what is the highest and lowest point in Arizona?
Sep. 12, 2023
Pinyon Plain Mine
Last year, the Biden administration appointed a working group to study mining regulations and permitting, and It has issued its final report.
Sep. 12, 2023


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