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Downtown Safford
La Paz County and Safford will collectively get more than $4.3 million in funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
Oct. 10, 2023
Fall leaves in foreground with desert rock and cactus in background
Matt Pace, meteorologist for the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, spoke with The Show about what Arizona can expect in the fall forecast.
Oct. 10, 2023
President Joe Biden
The Biden administration is waiving more than two dozen environmental protection laws to build a steel bollard wall and roads along almost 20 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. Arizona lawmakers and advocates are calling on him to reverse course.
Oct. 10, 2023
Extreme heat orange sun sunset
As the Valley’s hottest summer slowly winds down, Arizonans might think they are getting a taste of what a hotter climate might look like in the future. But the cause of the heat wave was more complicated than that.
Oct. 9, 2023
Charge Point electric vehicle charging station Flagstaff
As Valley residents look for ways to help offset climate change, they continue to make the switch to electric vehicles at a rapid rate. Salt River Project says more public charging options will emerge as more drivers convert.
Oct. 9, 2023
The marching band at Mountain Ridge High School
All around the U.S. this fall, students and educators have been struggling with extreme heat. And for marching bands, this new climate is no longer just a question of comfort.
Oct. 6, 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.
More Arizona Science Desk news
Sep. 20, 2023
camelback monsoon
Monsoon season officially lasts from June 15 to Sept. 30. The summer storms typically bring about 2.4 inches of rain to the Valley. This year we’ve had just 0.15 inches.
Sep. 19, 2023
A hydrogen fuel-cell semitruck made by Nikola Motors.
Arizona-based Nikola Motors says it’s recently started producing hydrogen fuel-cell semitrucks and expects to begin delivering them this fall. The company said it’s had more than 200 orders for the trucks, which have a range of up to 500 miles.
Sep. 19, 2023
El Pinacate
UNESCO, the UN body responsible for world heritage sites, is asking for more protection of the nature reserve just across the Arizona border in Mexico.
Sep. 18, 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
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
Arizona Capitol copper dome statue Phoenix
The Arizona Legislature wrapped up its longest session on record last month, and conservationists say in spite of the extra time, lawmakers did little to address the state’s environmental problems.
Aug. 30, 2023
Tempe’s Sustainability and Resilience Office distributed home energy kits that included utility stipends, LED bulbs and smart plugs, which let you automate and control appliances from fans and refrigerators to air conditioners.
Aug. 30, 2023
Paul Brierley (left), director of the Arizona Department of Agriculture, sits on a panel with Colorado River Indian Tribes Chairwoman Amelia Flores at the Mesa Convention Center.
Amelia Flores, chairwoman of the Colorado River Indian Tribes, brought attention to critical issues that her tribal farmers face back at home on her community's reservation.
Aug. 30, 2023
two kids gaming on computers
The Show spoke with mobile reporter for CNET David Lumb about the connection between the gaming industry and climate change.
Aug. 29, 2023
Man in hat stands in front of farm field
Historic drought. Record heat. Severe water cutbacks. Life isn’t easy for Arizona farmers these days. Some are trying to adapt by planting new crops and using new technology. Others say they’ll leave their land fallow and install solar panels or wind turbines on the fertile soil instead. The University of Arizona’s Agricultural Extension is helping them transition to the farms of the future.
Aug. 25, 2023
TSMC fab plant
A headline in Foreign Policy magazine from earlier this month read, “No Water, No Workers, No Chips.” It was about the need for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company and other firms to take climate into account when investing in particular locations. Danny Seiden felt the need to respond.
Aug. 22, 2023
Kevin Hultine
There’s perhaps no symbol more strongly associated with Arizona than the saguaro cactus. But this summer’s record-breaking heat has been so extreme, even some of these desert-adapted plants have died. And scientists are concerned about the future of the species in a warming climate.
Aug. 21, 2023

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