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Global leaders pledge to end deforestation, rein in methane

On the second day of a major United Nations climate change conference in Glasgow, world leaders pledged to end deforestation by 2030 and U.S. President Joe Biden pushed to make the United States a leader on reducing methane emissions and halting global warming. ... Read more»

Public can comment on proposed changes to management plan for Mexican wolves

A 90-day public comment process has begun on a proposal to allow more endangered Mexican wolves to be released into the wilds of Arizona and New Mexico, where, federal officials say, the animals are thriving. ... Read more»

Arizona Black farmers fight against long-standing federal discrimination

James and Rachael Stewart have seen their ranch grow tremendously since starting it from scratch in October 2020 as Arizona’s first Black-owned protein ranch, but the biggest struggle for Southwest Black Ranchers is access to money - their ranch doesn’t qualify for any assistance in its first three years.... Read more»

Judge finds poaching remedies vague in Mexican gray wolf recovery plan

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will have six months to come up with specific actions to address poaching of endangered Mexican gray wolves — actions that should have been included in a recovery plan published in 2017, a federal judge ruled Friday.... Read more»

'Climate change is fundamentally altering the Colorado River': States, tribes grapple with drought

States in the Colorado River Basin are adjusting to the reality that their rights outstrip the available water by nearly one-third, state and tribal leaders told a congressional panel Friday, emphasizing how serious the situation is but offering few solutions.... Read more»

Drought-stricken western towns say no to developers

The nation’s five fastest-growing states are all in the Southwest or Mountain West, and communities are facing difficult questions about water scarcity and what it means for future growth— because climate change is expected to make such droughts more frequent and intense.... Read more»

Colorado River drought conditions spur calls for better water infrastructure

Experts in government, agriculture, water management and the environment stressed during a U.S. Senate hearing on Wednesday the danger that droughts fueled by climate change pose in the West, including the Colorado River Basin. ... Read more»

Wild horse advocates see better way to control herd populations on the range

Wild horse advocates have created a stable of volunteers hoping to prove a concept of fertility control will work better to keep the population of wild horses in a healthy range than other practices currently used by the federal government. ... Read more»

White House says executive order coming on labeling beef as a 'Product of USA'

The White House will unveil an executive order in the coming days that directs the U.S. Department of Agriculture to clarify that meat can only receive a “Product of USA” label if that livestock is raised in the U.S. rather than abroad.... Read more»

Unfinished border barriers harm environment, National Park Service, Arizona rancher say

The Biden administration – which paused border wall construction in January – faces a logistical, ethical and political quandary in determining the best way to proceed with the half-finished project that’s has introduced more problems than it fixed and is part of construction ordered by then-President Donald Trump.... Read more»

Chiricahua leopard frogs face habitat challenges as Phoenix Zoo works to save them

In the sky islands of southeastern Arizona, the Chiricahua leopard frog persists – a lofty feat only made possible by a team more than 200 miles away. ... Read more»

Az conservationists sound alarm over Trump pick to head public lands bureau

Conservationists in Arizona say President Trump's choice to lead the Bureau of Land Management holds positions on issues that would hurt the state's public lands.... Read more»

Feds kill 4 Mexican gray wolves, days after announcing population gains

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service authorized the killing of four endangered Mexican gray wolves in New Mexico during one week in late March, a move conservation groups call a significant setback to wolf recovery.... Read more»

Definition of 'essential' probed in ranchers’ beef over jaguar habitat

In 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designated 764,207 acres of land in Arizona and the southwest corner of New Mexico as critical habitat for a jaguar population concentrated 130 miles south in Mexico, but the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau argued before the 10th Circuit last Wednesday that land designated in the state for the predators isn’t essential to their conservation.... Read more»

Report: Mexican gray wolf is a subspecies, keeps endangered status

The endangered Mexican gray wolf still has endangered species status – for now. ... Read more»