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Conservationists have long described the impacts of the border wall on wildlife in the Arizona-Sonora borderlands. Now, a new study looks at how that infrastructure is causing increased energy expenditures for jaguar populations.
Nov. 2, 2022
Alfonso Durazo
Mexico will share a plan to develop new sustainable energy solutions in neighboring Sonora at the United Nation’s Climate Change Conference this month. Leaders see that as a major opportunity for the state.
Nov. 2, 2022
Shipping containers on the Arizona-Mexico border
As Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's shipping container wall continues to advance along a stretch of border on Coronado National Forest land in Cochise County, conservationists monitoring wildlife are expecting the worst.
Oct. 31, 2022
SRP building
Salt River Project recently announced a partnership with a company that specializes in battery storage systems.
Oct. 31, 2022
Fronteras Desk logo
U.S. climate envoy John Kerry is set to arrive in Sonora on Friday. Ahead of his visit, Sonoran officials have been touting progress toward renewable energy — including a promised lithium battery plant.
Oct. 27, 2022
a thermometer and the sun
As elections grow increasingly divisive — particularly in Arizona — The Show decided to focus this year on issues, not candidates. And today we're focusing on those that we can really feel: climate and the environment.
Oct. 26, 2022
desert tortoise
From sea turtles to desert tortoises, pelicans to opossums, a wildlife rescue in the Sonoran beach town of San Carlos cares for and protects both desert and marine animals in this part of the Gulf of California. And in the process, it’s changing people’s attitudes toward the wildlife around them.
Oct. 25, 2022
Kaibab National Forest project manager Samantha Flores
In northern Arizona, officials are working to clear overgrown tree lines that haven’t been touched in generations. It's an expensive operation officials hope will save the region’s biggest towns from even more costly fires and floods.
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Oct. 24, 2022
downtown tucson
Lawmakers in Arizona are renewing calls for the federal government to help clean up groundwater in the Tucson area that has been contaminated by military activities.
Oct. 19, 2022
electric meter
The state’s major utilities have publicly committed themselves to clean energy. But conservationists say they have a long way to go if they are to meet their goals.
Oct. 18, 2022
Sky Islands Festival
A two-day festival in northern Sonora this weekend will be the first in the state to celebrate the sky islands region of Arizona and Sonora.
Oct. 12, 2022
Tonto National Forest
Two restoration projects are underway in the Tonto National Forest. The treatments are being done to mitigate the results of a wildfire that occurred over 30 years ago.
Oct. 8, 2022
Extreme heat orange sun sunset
2021 saw the highest number of heat-related deaths in Maricopa County since data-tracking began in 2006. The majority of the heat-related deaths occurred outside, with 130 being people who were experiencing homelessness.
Oct. 5, 2022
La Sauceda theme park
This week, the Sonoran government started work to restore an abandoned theme park and nearby wetland.
Oct. 4, 2022
SRP building
Salt River Project’s board recently voted to install two gas turbines at its Copper Crossing solar facility in San Tan Valley, but some board members would like to see the utility try harder to develop renewable energy.
Sep. 27, 2022
Smoke curls in the air above the Pipeline Fire burning near Flagstaff
Wildfire season in Arizona turned out to be mild compared to past years. Last year, 1,600 fires burned about 530,000 acres of forest in the state.
Sep. 23, 2022
Bureau of Land Management sign
Conservationists say that the Bureau of Land Management could have a major role to play in the Biden administration’s America the Beautiful Initiative, which would set aside about a third of American public lands for conservation. Arizona conservationists want their state to be part of that effort.
Sep. 21, 2022
President Joe Biden
The groups claim that recent legislation is not enough to reach the Biden administration's goal of reducing pollution by 50% by 2030.
Sep. 20, 2022
joan meiners
As the Arizona Republic's climate news and storytelling reporter, Joan Meiners gets a lot of hate mail. But through scientifically analyzing it, she found the harsh words might actually offer some hope.
Sep. 20, 2022
Flagstaff Arizona sign I-17 North
The city of Flagstaff is receiving $32.5 million from the federal government as part of the Downtown Mile project to invest into pedestrian safety and infrastructure.
Sep. 16, 2022

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