Buttigieg visits Phoenix to sign grant for light-rail expansion, tout infrastructure bill

PHOENIX – Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg was in Phoenix Friday for the signing of a federal transit grant, which will provide $158 million toward the second phase of the Valley Metro Northwest Extension project.


The West needs tons of snow to escape drought, and that’s unlikely this winter

This winter isn’t expected to produce sufficient snowpack to make a serious dent in the long term drought that grips most of the Southwest, forecasters say. The reason is a phenomenon called La Niña.


‘Becoming Jane’: LA exhibit explores the evolution of conservationist Jane Goodall

LOS ANGELES – Jane Goodall began living among chimpanzees in Tanzania in 1960, and over the decades she has given scientists a new understanding of our closest relatives.


Heat has a new enemy in Phoenix: A city office dedicated to fighting rising temperatures

PHOENIX – Phoenix has created a first-of-its-kind office to respond to rising temperatures from climate change. Heat is a greater weather hazard than floods or storms, and the new office aims to improve livability in the desert city.


The pandemic blew up home gardening, but will the trend wither on the vine?

PHOENIX – The COVID-19 pandemic prompted Americans to take on new hobbies. Gardening was one of the hottest trends of the year.


Rosy-faced lovebirds use human innovations to keep cool when Arizona temperatures soar

PHOENIX – Rosy-faced lovebirds have found ways to survive in the Valley by using air-conditioning and water fountains. Drought and climate change are impacting this nonnative bird’s ability to survive in the desert.


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

PHOENIX – Public hearings have begun over proposed changes to how the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages endangered Mexican wolves in Arizona and New Mexico. The hearings were spurred by a 2018 court ruling.


Water for wildlife: Game & Fish refurbishing, replacing old catchment systems

FLAGSTAFF – A water catchment is being rebuilt near Flagstaff to provide reliable water to wildlife. It’s part of an ongoing effort by Arizona Game & Fish and volunteers to make sure there’s water for animals during hot, dry times.


Pinal County farmer struggles to grow crops with less water

CASA GRANDE – Nancy Caywood has worked on her grandfather’s farm in Pinal County since she was young. She should have a full field of alfalfa now, but since the San Carlos Irrigation District shut off her water because of drought, her fields are empty and dry.


VP Kamala Harris discusses Build Back Better and climate change at Lake Mead

Vice President Kamala Harris met with regional leaders Monday at Lake Mead to discuss water shortages and the importance of the Build Back Better plan, which would invest in such measures as water reclamation and recycling.

Vice President Kamala Harris at Lake Mead

Silent storm: Extreme heat prompts new national guidelines for workers

PHOENIX – The Biden administration announced new guidelines to protect workers from extreme heat as climate change continues to push temperatures higher.


Overlanding community seeks path to a more sustainable future

FLAGSTAFF – Overlanding is a form of self-sufficient, off-grid adventure travel that utilizes large vehicles and practices that pose a risk to the environment. The Overland Expo Foundation is striving to become more sustainable.