President Donald J. Trump in front of a border wall
The Show spoke with Government Accountability Office director of Natural Resources and Environment Anna Maria Ortiz about what she and her team discovered in an investigation on the environmental effects of former President Donald Trump's border wall.
Sep. 25, 2023
Yarrow’s spiny lizard
The work is based on surveys of dwindling lizard populations in southern Arizona’s sky-island mountain ranges. “We found like 70 years’ worth of extinction in just seven years,” said UA’s John Wiens.
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Sep. 20, 2023
President Joe Biden
After being thwarted by Congress, President Joe Biden will use his executive authority to create a New Deal-style American Climate Corps that will serve as a major green jobs training program.
Sep. 20, 2023
An orange tractor
The Natural Resources Conservation Service has begun to take applications for a new round of grants supported by Inflation Reduction Act funding.
Sep. 19, 2023
A female Mexican gray wolf in Saguaro National Park
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it will reintroduce wolves to Colorado. Conservationists support the release, but they say the government needs to do more to promote genetic diversity in Arizona’s population.
Sep. 18, 2023
Flagstaff dark sky sign
The county has had the ordinance in place since the 1980s, but officials say lighting technology has changed since then. Some recommendations in the original ordinance, like low sodium pressure bulbs, are considered archaic.
Sep. 15, 2023
Rivers are a vital source of water throughout the West, and play an essential role in the food chain and the carbon cycle. But two recent papers show river health is failing, confirming some dire predictions of climate models.
Sep. 14, 2023
Trees on fire
The Show spoke with Mary Lata, the fire ecologist for the Tonto National Forest, about the longer season and more severe wildfires affecting the Sonoran Desert on our Saguaro Land series.
Sep. 14, 2023
Underside of a 40-ton hydropower turbine
SRP has invested $2.6 million to fund 36 research-and-development projects at Arizona’s three state universities. The public utility says the undertakings are meant to improve the Valley’s power system and watershed, and to educate a potential workforce on real-world applications.
Sep. 13, 2023
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
The Bureau of Land Management will take public comments on a draft Resource Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement for Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah.
Sep. 13, 2023
Bureau of Land Management sign
The Bureau of Land Management oversees more than 245 million acres of land, most of it in the western United States. Conservationists frequently criticize the agency for its grazing policies, and two of them have filed suit.
Sep. 13, 2023
Burro sign, oatman
The Bureau of Land Management announced a 30-day comment period allowing the public to review an environmental assessment that will manage excess wild burros living in the Three Rivers Complex, south of Kingman.
Sep. 13, 2023
Humphreys Peak Trail sign San Francisco Peaks
With common references to the Valley, Arizonans may be surprised to know we have unusually high elevations. Through our Q&AZ reporting project, a listener asked what is the highest and lowest point in Arizona?
Sep. 12, 2023
Pinyon Plain Mine
Last year, the Biden administration appointed a working group to study mining regulations and permitting, and It has issued its final report.
Sep. 12, 2023
Liberty Wildlife baby bird
Summer is the busiest time of year for the orphan care center at Liberty Wildlife, a sprawling complex of an animal rehabilitation center in Phoenix. If you’ve found a baby bird injured in your backyard, you can bring it in to be treated.
Sep. 12, 2023
Firefighters congregate in burned area on the Dude Fire
When Google announced plans to build a data center in Mesa, it said it will use air instead of water to cool the facility. The tech giant will take additional steps toward water conservation.
Sep. 11, 2023
The Interior Department announced on Monday new federal grants that may give Indigenous youth public service opportunities on federal and tribal lands in Arizona.
Sep. 11, 2023
Monkeypod trees along a highway
Last month, members of the Arizona Humane Society’s emergency response team traveled to Maui to help following the deadly wildfires there. The five team members are now back.
Sep. 8, 2023
Trees on fire
Wildfire seasons are growing longer and more active, bringing smoke with well-known physiological effects. But as tiny particulates kicked up by fires drift on the wind, they might also worsen mental health and even increase suicide rates.
Sep. 7, 2023
Trees on fire
Crews continue to monitor the Valentine Fire, which has burned about 2,500 acres northeast of the community of Young on the Mogollon Rim.
Sep. 7, 2023


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