Nature and Environment

Rain, snow expected early this week over New Mexico, Arizona

Feb 10, 2020 Winter weather is returning to parts of New Mexico and Arizona early this week.

Cochise County removes rented dumpsters used for San Pedro River border wall prep

Feb 5, 2020 The contract said the dumpsters were intended for another location, according to the county.

Study: Four Corners drought intensified by human-induced warming

Jan 31, 2020 A researcher said the drought showed what climate change is like "in the here and now."

Young activists press for action on climate change

Jan 31, 2020 Inexperience and age aren't stopping young people in Arizona and around the world from demanding action.

More concern, outrage over border wall's impact on sensitive desert lands

Jan 30, 2020 A recently bulldozed strip of desert has sparked another wave of criticism over the construction of President Trump's border wall.

Hundreds protest planned border wall across the San Pedro River

Jan 27, 2020 Many are worried about how the proposed barrier would impact a vital waterway and wildlife migration corridor.

Opinions mixed on roll-out of new federal water rule

Jan 23, 2020 The Trump administration released its final rule Thursday redefining which waterways are protected under the Clean Water Act.

Climate change, and our response to it, is making life hard for desert tortoises

Jan 23, 2020 Tortoises are being hit with a one-two punch of energy projects springing up in a desert that is getting hotter and drier.

Communities affected by mining spill win case in Mexico's Supreme Court

Jan 22, 2020 The decision granted protection to Sonora River Valley residents seeking remediation following a 2014 Grupo México toxic mine spill.

How grasshoppers deal with blood rushing to their heads

Jan 21, 2020 A new study sheds light on how insects deal with gravity when they're upside down or sideways.

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.

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