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yellow prickly pears
Temperatures for the work week in metro Phoenix are forecast at above normal, according to the National Weather Service. Three things explained the weird weather in much of the U.S.
Feb. 26, 2024
Welcome to Mesa Arizona sign
This week, high school students in Mesa took part in a two-day event aimed at finding solutions to some of the city’s biggest problems.
Feb. 22, 2024
Cathedral Rock Trailhead Sedona Arizona
No matter what types of movies you enjoy, over the next several weeks, Arizona has hundreds of offerings, whether that’s in the Phoenix metro region or Sedona. Here's some of the highlights from three film festivals in Arizona, as well as a bonus take in this director’s cut.
Feb. 21, 2024
SRP snowpack
SRP reports snowpack in the Salt River watershed is now above-average, which will mean another year of healthy reservoir levels.
Feb. 14, 2024
Group of people
The Ajo Center for Sustainable Agriculture's program trains three to five aspiring farmers each cycle in Ajo and on the Tohono O’odham Nation
Feb. 13, 2024
Copper and other minerals like it are used in everything from motors and cellphones to solar fields and electric vehicles. Now, domestic production is ramping up in an effort the Biden administration says will help meet green energy goals.
‘March to Oak Flat’ is still trekking along a decade later
Feb. 9, 2024
downtown phoenix trees
The Phoenix City Council unanimously approved up to $14 million to add trees and shade over five years. The bulk of money will come from the federal government in two ways: the American Rescue Plan Act and the Inflation Reduction Act. Both prioritize investments in public safety and neighborhood equity.
Feb. 7, 2024
ASU sign
Arizona State University will lead the new Southwest Sustainability Innovation Engine, a multi-institutional effort to research and invent technologies that confront regional climate change and spur economic development.
Feb. 1, 2024
cattle in a field
Cattle ranching helped shape rural Arizona into what it is today. Researchers say that cattle have emerged as a major driver of climate change. Conservationists say it’s time to re-examine grazing on public lands.
Jan. 31, 2024
A new pilot program in Phoenix is increasing public access to chilled water. The city recently installed two fountain prototypes downtown.
Jan. 30, 2024
Paradise Valley District school buses
Schools in the Tucson Unified School District and those in Flowing Wells nearby will receive buses as part of the EPA’s Clean School Bus Program.
Jan. 29, 2024
Sunrise from Cape Royal at the Grand Canyon
A new report by the U.S. Department of the Interior about the Greater Grand Canyon Region has been released and shows a rate of temperature increase in the region
Jan. 28, 2024
The 84-year-old former Hopi Tribal Council chairman Vernon Masayesva sat before a crowd of hundreds at Wesley Bolin Plaza to “plant a seed in your hearts” on Thursday.
Jan. 26, 2024
Kyle Mitchell told a story to hundreds of activists and state lawmakers on Thursday at Wesley Bolin Plaza in Phoenix.
Jan. 26, 2024
Copper
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, or ADEQ, is asking for public input on whether to approve a groundwater permit for a proposed copper mine in southern Arizona.
Jan. 17, 2024
Sunrise over metro Phoenix in November 2023
The average temperature recorded at Sky Harbor airport last month was 60.5 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. That made it the second-warmest December on record for Phoenix – 4.7 degrees above normal for the month.
Jan. 1, 2024
heat billboard in phoenix
Though temperature records from December have yet to be finalized, climate scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have found there's a more than 99% chance that 2023 will have the hottest recorded global average temperature, beating out 2016, the previous leader.
Dec. 28, 2023
Mexican gray wolf
The Endangered Species Act started 50 years ago as a bipartisan law. That didn't last long. While public support for the act remains high, the agency tasked with carrying it out often faces litigation and underfunding, caught in political gridlock.
Dec. 25, 2023
The 1.6 million-acre Kaibab National Forest stretches across the north and south rims of the Grand Canyon, encompassing part of the nation's largest contiguous ponderosa pine forest.
Researchers have known for years that old-growth forests have several benefits for Western ecosystems, yet the U.S. Forest Service has not had a policy for managing them. The agency recently announced that it is moving forward on one.
Dec. 20, 2023
An aerial view of Phoenix
If we remember one thing from Phoenix in 2023, it will probably be the heat. This summer toppled heat record after heat record, which seemed appropriate given the fact that it was also the hottest year on record worldwide.
Dec. 19, 2023

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