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Drought intensifies and expands in the American West

The scale of the drought is beginning to crystallize as new information shows certain states experienced their driest winter ever while the American West is plunged steeper into a historic drought that covers much of the region. ... Read more»

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Fight over Arizona's Oak Flat mine draws support of diverse religious groups

The prospect of whether to turn sacred Apache land over to a mining company, whose plans for the site would “obliterate” the ability of tribal members to worship there, has turned an environmental fight over the mine into one over religious rights and drawn a diverse cast of supporters to the Apache cause. ... Read more»

No details yet on Biden's '30 by 30' conservation plan, but Republicans slam it as a 'land grab'

Republicans on the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday previewed their objections to the Biden administration’s still-unreleased “30 by 30 plan” to conserve 30% of U.S. land and water by 2030, calling it “the radical 30 by 30 land grab initiative.”... Read more»

Arizona cities push residents to save their little piece of Earth on Earth Day

10 Arizona cities are taking "think globally, act locally" to heart Thursday to mark the 51st annual Earth Day. Mayors are talking to "our residents about how they can show their commitment to protect our environment,” Tucson Mayor Regina Romero said.... Read more»

Advocates call on Biden to 'tear down this wall,' repair border damage

Advocates called on President Joe Biden to “tear down this wall” Tuesday and fulfill his campaign promise of stopping the border wall construction that he put on hold in January. The meeting of border-state lawmakers, advocates and tribal members came 70 days after Biden, in one of his first acts as president, halted construction and gave the secretaries of Defense, Treasury and Homeland Security 60 days to study next steps on the wall.... Read more»

House OKs bill to ban mining on 1 million acres around Grand Canyon

The House voted Friday to permanently ban new mining claims on more than 1 million acres around Grand Canyon National Park, with supporters calling protection of the landmark canyon a “moral issue.” The bill would make permanent a current mining moratorium that is scheduled to run through 2032. ... Read more»

Biden to pause new oil and gas leases on public lands in sweeping climate order

President Joe Biden is set to sign a host of executive orders on climate that will put a hold on new oil and gas leases on federal property, place environmental justice in the center of climate reform and set goals of conserving nearly a third of the nation’s land and water.... Read more»

California condor release watched virtually around the world

About 1,900 people watched online Saturday as, one-by-one, four young California condors flapped through a hole in their release cage to take to the skies above Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, casting shadows on the windswept rocks below. ... Read more»

ASU Listen(n) Project: How the sounds around you could be a harbinger of climate change

What we hear and how we hear it can affect human perceptions. They also may be able to predict changes in the environment over time.... Read more»

BioDiv tells UN that U.S. has 'obligation' to protect species threatened by border wall

Tucson's Center for Biological Diversity, along with representatives of the Tohono O'odham in Sonora and a coalition of Mexican enviro groups, are pushing for the UN to investigate the consequences of the Trump administration's plan to build a border wall along the northern edge of a nature preserve.... Read more»

Forest Service tips for staying safe while hiking in the summer heat

With summer temperatures rising to all-time highs, and humidity staying low, Coronado National Forest is asking visitors to plan their outings accordingly and to use situational awareness.... Read more»

U.S. and Mexico struggle to clean up Rio Grande

When the Rio Grande is swollen with rain, as it was recently in Laredo, it’s hard to tell that more than 5 million gallons of raw sewage spill into its waters every day. But kayak through the little creeks on the side of the river bordering Mexico, and the odor is unmistakable.... Read more»

Latin America most dangerous place for environmentalists

A quarter century after the shooting of Brazilian rubber-tapper and Amazon conservationist Chico Mendes sparked international outrage, it’s still almost routine for environmentalists across Latin America to pay for their activism with their lives. ... Read more»

Democrats distort vote on climate change

A Democratic video says 240 House members “voted in 2011 that climate change was a ‘hoax.’ ” Not exactly. The 2011 vote was ultimately a referendum on who should set climate change policy — the Environmental Protection Agency or Congress. It was not a vote on whether climate change is a “hoax.”... Read more»

Demands on Colorado again make it nation’s most-endangered river

A new ranking lists the Colorado River as the most-endangered river in the country, as increased demands on its water supply have put the river “at a breaking point.”... Read more»

How industry scientists stalled action on carcinogen

For the past 60 years, water polluted with chromium (VI) has plagued Hinkley, Calif., the desert town made famous by the film "Erin Brockovich." Although residents there won their lawsuit against the polluter, Pacific Gas & Electric Co., there’s still a debate over whether the compound causes cancer in drinking water. The Environmental Protection Agency says yes, but industry scientists disagree.... Read more»

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