Nature and Environment

Environmentalists sue BLM over grazing in San Pedro conservation area

Apr 10, 2020 Groups say allowing cattle grazing to continue harms the San Pedro's riparian landscape.

Lawsuits challenging border wall funding can move forward, judge rules

Apr 8, 2020 A U.S. District Court judge last week ruled two lawsuits brought by environmental groups will be allowed to continue.

Group suspends efforts to protect endangered vaquita during pandemic

Apr 6, 2020 The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society says it will resume operations to protect the small porpoise in the Gulf of California as soon as it's safe.

EPA defends plan to ease compliance requirements in face of coronavirus

Apr 2, 2020 Environmentalists have repeated charges that the policy creates a "catch me if you can" situation for polluters.

Officials call for Grand Canyon closure to help stem coronavirus spread

Apr 1, 2020 A letter to the secretary of the interior says keeping the parks open puts workers and visitors at risk.

Don't count on warm weather to ease coronavirus spread, says biologist

Mar 27, 2020 The virus is still too new and unfamiliar to fully understand.

Navajo access to water compounds response to coronavirus

Mar 26, 2020 Many on the Navajo Nation must drive miles for water, groceries and necessities.

Mexican wolf numbers jump 24% from last year

Mar 23, 2020 The Mexican subspecies of the gray wolf was nearly eliminated in the wild by 1970.

Environmental advocates say planned border construction threatens jaguar corridors

Mar 19, 2020 CBP announced plans to build more than 90 miles of border wall in an area advocates say is predominantly remote wilderness.

Your tap water is still safe, say Arizona water agencies

Mar 19, 2020 Answers to FAQs about the safety and supply of water in Arizona amid the pandemic, according to water officials.

Nature Conservancy closes public preserves to limit COVID-19 spread

Mar 18, 2020 Ramsey Canyon Preserve and Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve are temporarily closed.

As Tumamoc Hill closes, Saguaro National Park stays open, suspending fees and closing visitor centers

Mar 18, 2020 The park is also canceling programs in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Borderlands symposium explores web of people, wildlife in Sonoran Desert

Mar 17, 2020 The Ajo conference last week brought together scientists, tribal leaders and community members.

Opponents of proposed copper mine speak out about threat to Oak Flat

Mar 17, 2020 Indigenous and environmental advocates say the Resolution Copper Mine would irreparably harm the site of cultural and environmental significance.

Indigenous group reaffirms importance of Quitobaquito Springs amid border wall construction

Mar 13, 2020 The group discussed how construction and pumping local groundwater is affecting the sacred site.

"Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale"

Mar 11, 2020 Also on Arizona Spotlight: Adiba Nelson shares an open love letter to all women, everywhere; and how UA scientists are understanding climate change through research in the Southern Ocean.

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