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Authorities are investigating the slaughter of dozens of horses in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests in October. The Forest Service makes a distinction between wild horses, which are protected by law, and feral horses, which are not.

At least 30 horses were found shot to death in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests in October, highlighting the tensions in Arizona among scientists, hunters, government agencies and horse advocates. Read more»

While 70% of American adults describe climate change as an important concern, only 10% say they volunteered for an activity focused on addressing climate change or contacted an elected official about it in the previous year.

Global warming has increased the number of extreme weather events around the world by 400% since the 1980s, but there is a lack of of serious effort to combat the climate crisis - and one main reason is the public doesn’t believe in its own political power enough or use it. Read more»

The VinFast VF9, the largest SUV from the Vietnamese maker, at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The company expects to ship the first VF9s to the U.S. in 2023.

America is about to get another electric car brand - one that’s gone from the steaming jungles of Vietnam to the scorching deserts of Arizona - as the VinFast has entered the competitive U.S. market, but experts say succeeding won’t be easy. Read more»

Textbooks in the 70s and 80s focused primarily on describing the mechanics of the greenhouse effect, whereas books published in later decades contained significantly more information on harms such as sea level rise, risks to human health, species loss, extreme weather and food shortages. 

Evidence is mounting fast of the devastating consequences of climate change, but a study found that most college biology textbooks published in the 2010s contained less content on climate change than textbooks from the previous decade. Read more»

A view of the Tucson City Hall in 2022.

The IDEA beat in 2022 reported on Southern Arizona, Pima County and Tucson during a time of shocking violence in the community, the end to COVID-19 measures and funding and an important midterm election. Read more»

From column writing to sports photography and Spanish-language reporting, the staff of the Tucson Sentinel was recognized with a number of top awards announced by the Arizona Press Club. Read more»

Water pools in a streambed blocked by the container wall built by Arizona Gov Doug Ducey in November.

Federal officials are closing access to a section of the Coronado National Forest where Arizona officials installed hundreds of cargo containers in a failed attempt to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Read more»

As we ring in the New Year, let us not forget the year we are leaving.

Tucson rang in 2022 much as we left the previous year, but with a few new twists: in the grip of a pandemic that has become a fevered political question, more immigration and asylum issues, a growing megadrought due to climate change, and a burgeoning housing crisis. Read more»

The $1.7 trillion spending package that Congress passed last week as part of the annual budget includes million-dollar investments for a wide range of projects by Pima County, Tucson, Pima Community College and others. Read more»

More electric-vehicle charging ports will be installed along interstate highways in Arizona as early as 2024. ChargePoint already has some charging stations, similar to this one in downtown Phoenix, along several interstates. Each station will have four or more fast chargers capable of charging most vehicles in about 30 minutes.

Electric vehicle drivers across Arizona can expect more chargers on interstate highways in the next few years thanks to $76.5 million in funding via the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that was signed into law in November 2021. Read more»

Today it looks a lot  like Christmas. Next week it will be time to start thinking about how to clean up after the holiday. Tucson's TreeCycle program provides an option.

Christmas trees collected at 10 sites around Tucson will be turned into compost for city parks. Read more»

Gov. Doug Ducey announced Friday that he has allocated $25 million in federal funds to the Department of Environmental Quality to partner them with Tucson Water in efforts to treat PFAS near the Tucson International Airport. Read more»

The Colorado River as it flows around Horseshoe Bend in Page, Arizona.

Over the past two decades, the Colorado River flow has dropped, and all the while the Lower Basin deliveries have remained roughly the same - now Western states must finally face the consequential question of which regions will make their sacrifice first. Read more»

Kate Scott, the founder of the Madrean Archipelago Wildlife Center, removes a sign on the container wall along the Coronado National Forest in Cochise County.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said the state will halt placing shipping containers along the Arizona-Mexico border, and begin removing hundreds of the 8,000-lb. steel boxes from federal lands by Jan. 4, according to a court document filed late Wednesday. Read more»

The Tucson City Council unanimously voted in favor extending fare-free Sun Tran rides for another six months, but is also looking for investments from the UA, TUSD and other local partners to help cover the long-term costs. Read more»

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