Environment

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
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

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