One Oblivious Thing: Border Wall Gets Washed Away

One Oblivious Thing: Border Wall Gets Washed Away

An erratic and record-breaking monsoon season along the nation’s southern border has given former President Trump’s border “wall” more than it can handle. On Monday, six floodgates along the wall were blown off their hinges after a monsoon delivered 2.15 inches of rain to the Arizona-Sonora border. Experts say that the catastrophic failure of the wall’s floodgates […]

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Environmental Groups Sue U.S. Forest Service to Protect Endangered Jumping Mouse

Environmental Groups Sue U.S. Forest Service to Protect Endangered Jumping Mouse

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Conservation groups are suing the U.S. Forest Service, alleging that it has failed to protect one of Arizona and New Mexico’s smallest, most endangered creatures. The New Mexico meadow jumping mouse, found only in parts of AZ and N.M., has seen a significant decline after habitats in the Sacramento Mountains were […]

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Data Show Americans Moving to Areas Most Vulnerable to Climate Change

Data Show Americans Moving to Areas Most Vulnerable to Climate Change

By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer   Predictions have painted a picture of which places in America will be most affected by climate change and which will be spared from its worst effects. But the Census Bureau’s new map of population flows from the last decade shows Americans flocking to the southwest and the coasts—areas that are particularly […]

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Heat-Related Death Spike in Arizona

Heat-Related Death Spike in Arizona

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer The number of heat-related deaths in Arizona spiked last year, a dangerous combination resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and the hottest summer on record. State officials suggest that in 2020, at least 494 people died of heat-related complications, a marked increase from the previous record of 283 heat-related deaths […]

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Tucson Encourages Rainwater Harvesting to Hit Climate Targets

Tucson Encourages Rainwater Harvesting to Hit Climate Targets

by Ashira Morris, ODP Contributing Writer Tucson is one of the fastest-warming cities in the country. Right now, it’s coming off of a record-breaking September for heat and drought. The city declared a climate emergency earlier this year and set a goal of becoming carbon neutral in the next 10 years. As part of hitting […]

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As Arizona Senate Race Heats Up, Will Climate Change Be on the Agenda?

As Arizona Senate Race Heats Up, Will Climate Change Be on the Agenda?

Arizona’s Senate race is one of the most pivotal races for Democrats this fall–already $9.3 million has been spent on ads in the state. The party hopes that this is the election that flips Arizona blue as incumbent Martha McSally (R) who was appointed to serve out the rest of the late Senator John McCain’s […]

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