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Water and Environment

Arizona and the southwest face unique water and environmental challenges as the impacts of long-term drought continue to be felt. Keep up with AZPM’s local coverage. Video News
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The Buzz: Efforts to reduce our use of finite resources

We look at efforts to reduce the use of plastic, water and fossil fuels.
June 21, 2024

Hobbs under pressure to call special session on groundwater

Arizona lawmakers didn’t pass significant bipartisan policy on groundwater reform this year.
June 20, 2024

EPA Orders Air Force, AZ National Guard to address PFAS contamination at Tucson Superfund Site

Emergency directive aims to mitigate health threats from toxic chemicals in Tucson’s groundwater, pushing for immediate cleanup action and cost sharing.
June 19, 2024

Even fewer critically endangered vaquitas sighted in Mexico this year

Researchers say only six to eight of the porpoises were sighted.
June 17, 2024

The Buzz: Coping with Extreme Heat

As summer temperatures get dangerous, we look at efforts to keep people safe.
June 14, 2024

Conservation groups threaten legal action over Pinto Valley Mine expansion

Sierra Club and Maricopa Audubon Society claim violations of the Endangered Species Act, citing risks to wildlife and water resources.
June 13, 2024

The Buzz: Arizona's Economy and Water

We speak with economic experts about Arizona's economy, with attention paid to how water plays a role.
June 7, 2024

BLM restricts target shooting at Sonoran Desert National Monument to protect natural and cultural resources

New regulations limit dispersed recreational shooting to 5,295 acres, safeguarding plant species, archaeology sites and historic trails.
June 6, 2024

Arizona advances in renewable energy with federal investments

Senator Mark Kelly and other local leaders talk about the state's clean energy growth and jobs.
May 31, 2024

Tucson Audubon Society, to drop "Audubon" from its name

The change is part of a growing trend across the country, while the national environmental group remains firm.
May 28, 2024

Native American tribes give unanimous approval to proposal securing Colorado River water

The Navajo Nation Council has signed off on a proposed settlement.
May 24, 2024

The Buzz: Housing Round Table Discussions

We talk with experts in homelessness and housing to talk about Southern Arizona's crisis.
May 24, 2024

Lessons from rattlesnake class in the American Southwest

The first thing students learn is that basically everything they thought they knew about rattlesnakes is a myth.
May 17, 2024

Department of Defense awards $20 million to South32 for accelerated manganese production

Funding aims to boost domestic supply and expedite ore delivery by up to two years at the Hermosa Project near Patagonia.
May 17, 2024

Rep. Grijalva calls for extension of public scoping period for Hermosa Mine Project

He emphasizes importance of language inclusivity in a letter to the US Forest Service.
May 16, 2024

AZ state legislature attempts to stop California regulation on trucking fleets

The legislature, along with 16 other states, argue the regulation violates the Constitution's Commerce Clause.
May 14, 2024

Proposed settlement is first step in securing Colorado River water for 3 Native American tribes

The Navajo Nation has one of the largest single outstanding claims in the Colorado River basin and will vote soon on the measure in a special session.
May 14, 2024

Forest Service begins public scoping period for South32 Hermosa Mine Project

If approved the mine will supply zinc and manganese.
May 10, 2024

Ecologists and artists in Nogales to celebrate new jaguar

To celebrate the discovery of a new jaguar roaming the Arizona borderlands, conservationists will host a public discussion in Nogales on Saturday followed by a procession to the border wall to view a wildlife-themed art installation on the wall itself.
May 10, 2024

As Phoenix makes way for semiconductor factories, this business is saving the native plants that were there first

Here's the story of one business at the intersection of conservation and growth amid Phoenix’s semiconductor boom.
May 2, 2024

Bureau of Land Management embraces new Public Lands Rule for conservation-centric management

Arizona poised to lead in sustainable land management, bolstered by federal support and community engagement.
May 1, 2024

Wildlife bridge and underpass are used thousands of times each month

Humans are helping them by volunteering during "habitat restoration days"
May 1, 2024

Reviving the Santa Cruz: efforts to restore Arizona’s endangered river

Local groups push for Urban National Wildlife Refuge designation.
April 17, 2024

US court rejects a request by tribes to block $10B SunZia energy transmission project in Arizona

The project — approved in 2015 following a lengthy review — has been touted as the biggest U.S. electricity infrastructure undertaking since the Hoover Dam was built in the 1930s.
April 16, 2024
VIDEO

Desert Botanical Garden

This Phoenix landmark has been studying and conserving plants for 85 years.
May 16, 2024

Trail Crew

Meet the people at Saguaro National Park who build and maintain hiking trails.
May 9, 2024

Santa Cruz River Cleanup

Picking up trash and sowing wildflowers with The Sonoran Institute
February 14, 2024

Desert Plants: The Desert Hackberry

The Desert Hackberry, Celtis pallida, is ideal for creating habitat for wildlife while helping pollinators.
February 13, 2024

Bobcats Among Us

Bobcats are thriving in metropolitan Tucson in spite of the community's growth in the Sonoran Desert.
February 9, 2024

Desert Plants: The Mexican Sunflower Tree

The Mexican Sunflower Tree (Tithonia Fruticosa) is a giant in this family, that can get to several feet tall and wide
February 1, 2024
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