Environment

javelina family
A pair of conservation groups are looking at how wildlife is affected by the 30-foot steel bollard border wall built by the Trump administration.
Sep. 19, 2022
Raindrops on flowers
Much cooler weather is on the way later this week in Phoenix. While the workweek is expected to begin with high temperatures above 100 degrees, Phoenix National Weather Service Meteorologist Gabriel Lojero predicts wet conditions soon.
Sep. 18, 2022
Flagstaff Arizona sign I-17 North
The city of Flagstaff is receiving $32.5 million from the federal government as part of the Downtown Mile project to invest into pedestrian safety and infrastructure.
Sep. 16, 2022
sprinklers
Fall is overseeding season in Arizona — when residents transform their lawns to a greener, winter turf. But with the Southwest battling a historic drought and water cuts, the city of Mesa is encouraging residents to limit or forgo their overseeding efforts this year.
Sep. 16, 2022
children lined up to view electric school bus
The largest school district in the Navajo Nation has received its first electric school buses. Some students in the Chinle Unified School District experienced their first rides in electric vehicles this week.
Sep. 15, 2022
Electrify America electric car charging station connector
The Biden-Harris administration announced that plans were approved for 33 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, for developing infrastructure to support a nationwide charging network for electric vehicles. Arizona's plan is one of them.
Sep. 15, 2022
l Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve
Conservation groups in Sonora, Mexico, are circulating an online petition to keep power lines out of a protected area near the Arizona-Sonora border.
Sep. 15, 2022
Camelback Mountain
After being closed for two years, Camelback Mountain’s Cholla Trail is set to reopen on Sept. 30. The Phoenix trail closed for construction and a realignment that moved the start of the trailhead from Cholla Lane to Invergordon Road.
Sep. 14, 2022
Raúl Grijalva
A House subcommittee took up three bills to advance tribal co-management and preservation Wednesday, and one of the bills focused on a proposed Arizona conservation area.
Sep. 14, 2022
downtown tucson
Community leaders in Tucson hosted an online meeting this week on emergency preparedness as climate change forces cities to address and plan for natural disasters.
Sep. 14, 2022
Lake Mead barrels
Average water levels at Lake Mead rose by 4 feet during the month of September, according to the Bureau of Reclamation. Orestes Morfin, a senior planning analyst at the Central Arizona Project, says not to get too excited with the high levels.
Sep. 13, 2022
Bureau of Land Management sign
A panel of Bureau of Land Management experts has analyzed an environmental impact statement for a proposed copper mine near the Oak Flat area of Tonto National Forest.
Sep. 13, 2022
Extreme heat orange sun sunset
The heat kills people every year. Could naming heat events like other extreme weather events help prevent that?
Sep. 13, 2022
sandbags
The National Weather Service has issued several flood warnings for parts of southern Arizona as more remnants of Tropical Storm Kay send ripple effects into Arizona, California and Nevada.
Sep. 12, 2022
Rio Grande river
When President Joe Biden took office, he called for a 60-day pause on border-wall construction. But the Center for Biological Diversity says the Army Corps of Engineers resumed border wall construction along the Rio Grande River just 10 days into the pause.
Sep. 12, 2022
1965 Chevrolet Impala Super Sport lowrider Day at the Bay
California is banning the sale of gas-powered cars in 2035. But a Los Angeles Times columnist says the result will be a mixed bag for both the environment and working-class Californians.
Sep. 12, 2022
Oak Flat
A few months ago, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against a group of San Carlos Apaches in their fight against a copper mine in the Oak Flat area of Tonto National Forest. But the court may take up the case again.
Sep. 7, 2022
SRP building
Earlier this year, the Arizona Corporation Commission denied a request by Salt River Project to expand a gas-fired plant near Coolidge, a decision the utility has appealed.
Sep. 7, 2022
The Colorado River’s falling levels have made headlines because of the impact on water supplies and the power grid. But they could also affect the trout fishing at Lees Ferry.
Sep. 6, 2022
Bureau of Land Management lands
Conservationists have embraced the Biden administration’s America the Beautiful Initiative, which would set aside about a third of America’s lands for conservation by 2030. But it will need help from one agency in particular.
Sep. 6, 2022

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