environment

Jake May/The Flint Journal-MLive.com via AP, File

Tens of billions of dollars for U.S. environmental justice initiatives originally proposed by Democratic leaders in a $3.5 trillion domestic spending package now hang in the balance as they decide how to trim the bill to $2 trillion. 

  

viator.com

All-terrain and off-highway vehicle rental and tour operators in Sedona say they’re trying to make their businesses more sustainable. It comes as skyrocketing use in the area has increased environmental damage and user conflicts. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


Randall Babb / Arizona Game and Fish Department

The US Fish and Wildlife Service has downlisted a Colorado River fish from endangered to threatened. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports, the agency says the humpback chub is on its way to recovery.


Center for Biological Diversity/Robin Silver

Wildlife advocates have scored a legal victory in their attempt to reduce illegal killing of Mexican gray wolves in the Southwest. They say federal wildlife managers haven’t done enough to stop the biggest threat to the endangered animals. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


NPS

This year’s abundant monsoon season has brought out thousands of rarely seen three-eyed “dinosaur shrimp”. The eggs of these tadpole-size Triops can lie dormant for decades until enough rainfall creates bodies of water for hatchlings to mature and lay more eggs. Officials at Wupatki National Monument told the publication Live Science that the prehistoric-looking crustaceans came to life in a temporary desert lake and in standing water on the ballcourt this summer. These events are extremely uncommon.

Indigenous nations are at the frontlines of climate change, but they’re also leaders in how to adapt to changing weather conditions and transition to renewable energy. That’s the conclusion of a new report published by the Institute of Tribal Environmental Professionals at Northern Arizona University. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny spoke with two of the report’s authors, Nikki Cooley and Kelsey Morales.


Anita Snow/AP, file

A coalition of tribes and environmental groups are urging the federal government to overhaul how it regulates mining in the West and Alaska. They say current rules disproportionately impact Indigenous people and harm the environment. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


Friends of the Verde River

All kinds of labels help people make decisions these days: organic, water-smart, earth friendly, fair trade. What about a label for homes and businesses that are friendly to the local river?

That’s the idea behind the “River Friendly Living” Certification, a new program launched this year by the nonprofit group Friends of the Verde River. The certifications go to homes, businesses, farms, and ranches that have made strides to protect the region’s water supply for future generations.

University of Nevada-Las Vegas

The Colorado River Basin is enduring two decades of drought, and water shortages are on the horizon. But scientists say this isn’t the worst-case scenario. The region has undergone longer, deeper droughts in the past. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny spoke with paleoclimatologist Matt Lachniet of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas about how knowing the past can help us plan for a warmer, drier future.


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is expanding hunting and fishing across more than 2 million acres of federal land.

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