Nature and Environment

Judge blocks Rosemont Mine project

Aug 1, 2019 The federal judge ruled the Forest Service improperly evaluated water use issues for the proposed copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains.

Arizona Spotlight for August 1st, 2019

Jul 31, 2019 Looking back at a 1979 radioactive contamination in Tucson, and citizens working together; exploring the history of Harvey Houses in Arizona; and a couple finds common ground with "One Small Step".

UA scientist analyzing how well farming techniques travel

Jul 31, 2019 The researcher asks why a conservation agriculture method used in North America hasn't caught on in Zimbabwe.

Ozone goes over EPA standard in Pima County for first time this year

Jul 30, 2019 The county has breached the federal levels 22 times since 2013. Maricopa County has exceeded the standard 20 times this year.

BLM: Border wall across San Pedro River would be 'engineering challenge'

Jul 29, 2019 A fence blocking the flows during monsoon could damage habitat and erode the San Pedro's channel and banks, the agency said.

As Southwest water managers grapple with climate change, can a 'Grand Bargain' work?

Jul 29, 2019 The approach aims to rebalance some of the bad math that came from promising water to too many people.

Challenges with predicting the monsoon

Jul 26, 2019 A discussion with UA climatologist Michael Crimmins.

Lost pelican lands in Tucson

Jul 26, 2019 The seabird is being treated by wildlife specialists.

Conservation, law enforcement and ranching: Weighing in on a proposed border fence

Jul 25, 2019 The majority of new bollard-style wall would run through protected areas in Pima and Cochise counties.

Monsoon finally settling in, with more rains to come

Jul 25, 2019 The next couple weeks could hold even more promise for summer moisture.

Geoff Notkin on the past - and future - of space exploration.

Jul 24, 2019 Also on Arizona Spotlight: Mexican rock stars sing out about immigration; and a party to celebrate the "The Queen of the Night" at Tohono Chul.

Judge to rule next week on whether to halt Rosemont Mine

Jul 24, 2019 Tribes and environmental groups who oppose the project are seeking a preliminary injunction.

Weather patterns lining up for late-coming monsoon

Jul 17, 2019 The Weather Service has forecast thunder and rain storms each day this week.

Lawsuit challenges northern Arizona fracking leases

Jul 16, 2019 Conservation groups say the BLM violated laws by not conducting environmental reviews or consulting tribes.

More deadly temperatures in Arizona's future

Jul 16, 2019 Climate change will bring more extreme heat in the coming decades.

Sulfuric acid leak in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez a ‘wake-up call’

Jul 12, 2019 A researcher says the impact was minimal, but that it shows the need to consider the potential for a spill on a much larger scale.

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