Nature and Environment

Drone flights cost firefighters time in north Tucson mountain blaze

Jun 9, 2020 Drone operators could face prison time and fines if they are caught interfering with airborne crews.

Fire in Pusch Ridge area grows over the weekend

Jun 8, 2020 The lightning-caused Bighorn Fire came within a mile of some Oro Valley communities on Saturday.

Pusch Ridge burns near Oro Valley

Jun 6, 2020 The lightning-caused fire began Friday night.

For fishermen near vaquita habitat, government assistance falls short

Jun 4, 2020 A group says the current situation is pushing fishermen to turn to poaching, which threatens the few remaining porpoises.

Forecasters predict hot monsoon, though rainfall is up in the air

Jun 3, 2020 A lack of El Niño this year makes how much it will rain hard to forecast.

Animal experts caution extra care for pets in hot weather

Jun 2, 2020 Excessive heat warning means companions should move indoors if possible.

Tucson sees hottest May on record

Jun 1, 2020 This year's May average was nearly 5 degrees higher than normal, according to data from the National Weather Service.

Groups allege attempted sale of saguaros from border wall; ask state to investigate

May 28, 2020 A letter calls on the state to look into a border wall subcontractor and documentation around cacti impacted by construction.

UA hurricane forecasters map summer season

May 28, 2020 The team has predicted 10 hurricanes for the North Atlantic, and drier summer for Southern Arizona.

"At the Center of All Beauty": Author Fenton Johnson on the connection between solitude and creativity

May 27, 2020 Also on Arizona Spotlight: How a DNA test revealed a sensitive family secret; and essays from two young women about the changes the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to their lives.

Heat wave to hit the Southwest

May 26, 2020 The National Weather Service says some records may be broken or tied.

Defense Department cuts funding for border wall section in Yuma

May 26, 2020 A court document pulls funding for a 7-mile stretch that would have crossed tribal land.

Groups say border wall construction threatens biodiversity of Arizona sky islands

May 18, 2020 Conservation groups say the animals rely on the ranges to travel between habitats in the U.S. and Mexico.

Grand Canyon National Park will start to reopen Friday

May 13, 2020 The National Parks Service said it is following guidance from federal and local health authorities.

Campfires, stoves, smoking banned on public lands for fire risk

May 11, 2020 Public land agencies are trying to limit human-caused wildfires this summer.

Plan to ‘revive’ uranium mining called unneeded, unwanted by advocates

Apr 30, 2020 Environmentalists fear the removal of regulations on the industry, which they say has yet to address a toxic legacy.

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