Nature and Environment

Heat deaths continue to rise, as federal disaster relief continues to lag

Jan 15, 2020 While weather events like floods lead can lead to relief money, no extreme heat events have been declared a federal disaster.

TEP rate hike proposal draws opposition from climate advocates

Jan 13, 2020 Groups say TEP shouldn't keep investing in fossil fuels. The utility says the plan will enable a transition to more renewable energy.

Planning for a future with less Colorado River water

Jan 9, 2020 A new book sheds light on mistakes of the past while Arizona gears up for the next round of negotiations.

Grijalva asks feds to 'respect tribal lands' during border construction

Jan 9, 2020 U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva is asking the Department of Homeland Security to formally consult with the Tohono O'odham Nation.

Colorado River water forecast lower than normal despite snowpack

Jan 9, 2020 The forecast is mostly due to hot and dry weather in the fall that left soils parched across the region.

The great white whale, sighted in Tucson!

Jan 8, 2020 Also on Arizona Spotlight: A conversation with ecologist Brad Lancaster; and the series "Youth Crossing Gender Borders" begins.

Feds say tiny snail in Utah, Arizona can no longer be listed as endangered

Jan 8, 2020 U.S. Fish and Wildlife says the Kanab ambersnail is not actually its own species.

Feds waived environment, other regs on 90 miles of state border in 2019

Jan 6, 2020 The waivers were aimed at streamlining wall construction on nearly one-quarter of Arizona's border with Mexico.

The 89-90 Trip: Canada at Last

Jan 3, 2020 The road trip draws to a close with the final destination just around the bend.

Conservationists: Mexican government failing to protect vaquita

Jan 3, 2020 They say Mexico has not been able to curb illegal fishing in the Sea of Cortez that threatens the nearly extinct porpoise.

3 mountain lions killed after feeding on human remains

Jan 2, 2020 Authorities said the lions were determined to be a danger because they should no fear of officers.

Tucson offering drop-off recycling for your Christmas tree

Dec 26, 2019 Putting the Christmas tree on the curb won't get rid of it.

Proposed Clean Water Act changes will mean uncertainty, loss of protections for Arizona waterways

Dec 18, 2019 The Trump administration is implementing a new rule defining which waterways are regulated under the act.

Video shows groundwater pumping for border wall near Quitobaquito Springs

Dec 17, 2019 Conservationists worry pumping will harm a rare and critical desert water source.

Greenland ice melt matches UN panel's worst predictions

Dec 17, 2019 New research suggests ice loss in Greenland has contributed just over a centimeter of mean sea level rise over 26 years.

Interior secretary announces study impacting Colorado River water talks

Dec 16, 2019 States are set to begin negotiations next year over a new set of agreements about the river's future.

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