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The death toll after a semitruck was found abandoned in the outskirts of San Antonio has risen to 53 people. Officials say it’s likely the deadliest smuggling incident in modern U.S. history. Activists and some lawmakers say it’s also a symptom of U.S. border policies.
Jun. 30, 2022
Sonora Drought
A 2020 National Science Foundation-funded study found that cloud seeding can generate precipitation, but other researchers are skeptical that cloud seeding can address the impacts of drought and climate change.
Jun. 27, 2022
car using electric charging station
The Phoenix City Council approved a roadmap to get 280,000 electrical vehicles on city streets by 2030.
Jun. 24, 2022
Alamos Conservation
Sonoran legislators have unanimously approved a measure that will help conserve private land across the state. Conservation experts see it as a major step forward in protecting habitat and wildlife.
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Jun. 17, 2022
Lake Powell
Arizona’s largest reservoirs generate electricity for a number of western states and are widely considered sources of clean energy. But conservationists are beginning to question how clean that power is.
Jun. 15, 2022
solar panels
Renewable energy is considered critical in the effort to reduce impacts of climate change, but large wind and solar projects can also have environmental consequences.
Jun. 14, 2022
Arizona Corporation Commission building
The Arizona Corporation Commission has denied a request by Salt River Project for a permit that would allow it to expand its Coolidge Generating Station.
Jun. 7, 2022
migrants detained at the border
There's plenty of news about immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border. And according to migration expert Amali Tower, much of immigration can be traced back to climate change.
Jun. 6, 2022
SRP building
Conservationists and residents who live near the plant have opposed the expansion since it was proposed in August 2021.
Jun. 3, 2022
Hermosillio, Sonora
Hermosillo, Sonora, is already experiencing what have become habitual summer water shortages. And experts say that the only way to address the crisis is to better manage the city’s water — and to use less of it.
Jun. 2, 2022
Unaccompanied children in the custody of the U.S. Border Patro
A new report from the United Nations refugee agency finds a record 100 million people have been forcibly displaced from their homes around the world.
Jun. 1, 2022
Monarch butterflies in Mexico
A new survey shows a 35% increase in monarch butterflies in Mexico last winter. But experts say the population is still far too small, putting the butterflies at risk of extinction.
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May. 29, 2022
downtown tucson
The city of Tucson is getting federal money to clean up contaminants in its groundwater, part of a sum coming from the Infrastructure law passed by Congress this year.
May. 26, 2022
Sonora Governor Alfonso Durazo
The governor of neighboring Sonora, Mexico, says with water supplies for the state capital reaching crisis levels, desalination will be increasingly necessary to secure adequate water for human consumption, agriculture and industry.
May. 26, 2022
Brophy campus
Some Brophy College Preparatory students will leave a lasting legacy on their high school campus in Phoenix.
May. 18, 2022
eelgrass seed
An Indigenous nation on the Sonoran coast of the Gulf of California is working to revive an ancient tradition of using seagrass as a food source. The plant is also drawing international interest, both for its nutritional value and its importance to combating climate change.
May. 17, 2022
Lake Mead
Lower levels at Lake Mead have sent water managers scrambling to assess Southwestern water and energy needs. But the falling reservoir is also revealing some surprises. Earlier this month, boaters at Lake Mead discovered a barrel with human remains.
May. 10, 2022
Scottsdale city seal
Scottsdale is working on its first sustainability plan and will host two workshops next week to provide an overview of sustainability and hear from residents.
May. 10, 2022
Lake Powell
As the drought continues and climate change’s impact is felt even more deeply, dealing with Arizona’s water challenges has taken on a dramatic immediacy. And that will include conservation — possibly required conservation in the next couple of years.
May. 9, 2022
Quitobaquito a natural water source near the U.S.-Mexico border in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. It’s a sacred site and historic homestead to a southern Arizona tribe and it houses some of the state’s most endangered species. But the site is now in peril.
May. 6, 2022


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