Nature and Environment

Lots of heat, little rain in Tucson

Aug 18, 2020 Less than an inch of rain when we usually have nearly four inches.

'Hands tied behind our back': Protesters decry border wall construction at San Pedro River

Aug 15, 2020 A few dozen people gathered Friday to protest new border wall going up along Arizona's last free-flowing river.

Border wall groundwater pumping threatens to push endangered species to 'brink of extinction'

Aug 11, 2020 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials worry water pumping will deplete the San Bernardino Valley springs and aquifer.

6 years after Rio Sonora mining spill, contamination continues

Aug 6, 2020 Residents impacted by the spill say neither the mining company nor the government have followed through with promises.

Tortoise regains some protections, as agency agrees to revisit endangered status

Aug 3, 2020 The action resulted from a lawsuit filed last year by conservation groups.

In Colorado, your stool is a tool in the fight against coronavirus

Jul 31, 2020 To track the next coronavirus outbreak, Western states look to the sewers.

Border wall construction heightens environmental concerns in sensitive habitats

Jul 31, 2020 Local residents, a sheriff and a wildlife expert weigh in on the impacts of physical barriers at the southern border.

Scientists: Border wall construction wreaking havoc at Quitobaquito Springs

Jul 30, 2020 More than two dozen ecologists, biologists and hydrologists say the desert oasis is in worse shape than ever.

What living in a world made from chemicals means for "The Sensitives".

Jul 29, 2020 Also on Arizona Spotlight: Jes Baker on making self-love a part of the pandemic; and a Summer 2020 insect update from "The King of Sting", Justin O. Schmidt.

Daily news roundup: No new coronavirus deaths reported by state, impact of census strong in AZ

Jul 27, 2020 Recent coverage impacting Southern Arizona, July 25.

Work starts on new section of border wall in national wildlife refuge

Jul 24, 2020 North-Dakota-based Fisher Sand and Gravel has broken ground on a $1.3 billion project in southeast Arizona.

'A worst-case scenario': Leaks, dust, water pumping and drought plague Quitobaquito

Jul 23, 2020 Border-hugging spring and its pond are sacred to Hia C-ed O'odham and the Tohono O'odham communities

House passes defense spending bill banning new uranium mines around Grand Canyon

Jul 23, 2020 The Senate version of the bill does not include the ban on new uranium mines.

Humpback chub 'alien abductions' help frame the future of the Colorado River

Jul 18, 2020 While not considered very "charismatic," this keystone fish plays an important role in water policy.

Border wall construction begins across San Pedro River

Jul 2, 2020 The controversial project across Arizona's last free-flowing river is underway.

Rogue Radio presents Virginia Woolf's "The Mark on the Wall"

Jul 2, 2020 Also on Arizona Spotlight: Tucson Samaritans' 18 year mission continues; and how the border wall endangers the future of the Sonoyta mud turtle.

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