Items by Maya L. Kapoor

Desert songbirds struggle with more frequent heat waves
Desert songbirds struggle with more frequent heat waves
The number of days Southwestern birds face deadly dehydration may be increasing.
Congress seeks to weaken the Marine Mammal Protection Act
Congress seeks to weaken the Marine Mammal Protection Act
House Republicans hope killing sea lions will restore waning salmon populations.
Recently discovered toad species already face threats
Recently discovered toad species already face threats
Meet three new toads that make a home in parts of the West’s harshest desert.
Flirting with extinction, but looking for love
Flirting with extinction, but looking for love
And you thought endangered species couldn’t get more vulnerable.
12 books expelled from Tucson schools
12 books expelled from Tucson schools
Seven years after Arizona banned Mexican American Studies, some want it back.
White sharks rebound in California
White sharks rebound in California
The long arc of environmental regulation is rebuilding a damaged ecosystem.
Fires sweep the Southwest
Fires sweep the Southwest
In an unseasonably hot and dry West, an intense fire season takes shape.
Zinke: Trump is ‘greatest boss in the world’
Zinke: Trump is ‘greatest boss in the world’
The Interior Secretary defended proposed budget cuts to Park Service, and more.
In budget hearings, a pathway to a leaner Interior
In budget hearings, a pathway to a leaner Interior
Zinke hints at more boots on the ground and fewer lawyers in Department shakeup.
Latest: Washington to restore salmon habitat blocked by culverts
Why the Endangered Species Act can’t save whitebark pines
Why the Endangered Species Act can’t save whitebark pines
Politics, money and climate change threaten one of the West’s iconic trees.
Climate change is unraveling natural cycles in the West
Climate change is unraveling natural cycles in the West
Spring’s early arrival creates more mismatches in ecosystems.
Republicans set their sights on the EPA’s science
Republicans set their sights on the EPA’s science
The federal agency that regulates our environment may soon have less data to work with.
Nogales has a sewage problem
Nogales has a sewage problem
In the borderlands, members of Congress work to resolve wastewater woes.
The biocrust conundrum
The biocrust conundrum
By destroying biocrust communities, climate change may be making arid lands more reflective — which could slow down warming.
A way of unforgetting
A way of unforgetting
Author Lauret Savoy on tracing personal and national history through landscapes.
Raptors in flight
Raptors in flight
Enduring relationships begin with encounters.
Why are fire seasons longer? People.
Why are fire seasons longer? People.
New research finds illegal campfires, cigarette butts and other accidental ignitions have nearly tripled the wildfire season.
Ask a Scientist: Why NOAA matters for the West
Ask a Scientist: Why NOAA matters for the West
CIRES head Waleed Abdalati answers our questions, the first in an occasional series.
Where the wild things swim — again
Where the wild things swim — again
In a borderlands river, improved water quality allows an endangered fish to return.
Latest: Second male jaguar spotted in Arizona
Latest: Second male jaguar spotted in Arizona
New draft recovery plan for the Southwest released.
Meet Trump’s Interior, EPA and Energy picks
Meet Trump’s Interior, EPA and Energy picks
What we know from the confirmation hearings for Ryan Zinke, Scott Pruitt and Rick Perry.
Latest: Another attempt to open Arctic drilling
Latest: Another attempt to open Arctic drilling
The legislation is Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s ninth such try.
Tools for the wannabe Western weather prognosticator
Tools for the wannabe Western weather prognosticator
The five best resources for understanding the region’s wacky weather.
With more monuments, Republican backlash mounts
With more monuments, Republican backlash mounts
A proposed bill moves to weaken executive power of the Antiquities Act.