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ENVIRONMENTAL REPORTING

The Trust underwrites environmental reporting teams at The Arizona Republic and The Indianapolis Star so the newspapers may pursue in-depth environmental reporting and shine a light on issues important to us all.


4-16-19 President Trump signs bill endorsing Colorado River drought plan
4-13-19 Necropsy reveals brutal shovel beating of Mexican gray wolf
4-9-19 Endangered Mexican gray wolf population increases, but questions linger about recovery progress
4-8-19 Congress authorizes Colorado River drought plan with unanimous approval from Arizona lawmakers
4-4-19 Mexican and US officials discuss fixes for failing sewer systems along the border
3-29-19 Water planning, climate uncertainty are main themes at Phoenix event
3-28-19 Colorado River drought plan clears 2 early hurdles in Congress
3-27-19 Here’s what the Colorado River deal will do, and why some criticize Arizona’s approach
3-26-19 Environmental groups sue EPA, saying it failed to enforce air-quality standards
3-26-19 At Grand Canyon, threats remain both inside and out of the park despite protections
3-13-19 Sweeping public land package draws favor from Arizona Democrats and Republicans
3-1-19 As Arizona nears completion of Colorado River plan, deal remains unfinished in California
2-22-19 Program that gave millions to restoring parks could be coming back under new bill
2-22-19 Federal government suspends permit for large Arizona development near San Pedro River
2-19-19 Does Arizona really use less water now than it did in 1957?
2-19-19 Showdown over water bill averted, clearing way for Arizona to finish Colorado River deal
2-15-19 Dispute puts Arizona’s Colorado River drought deal ‘in serious jeopardy’
2-14-19 Facing cutbacks on the Colorado River, Arizona farmers look to groundwater to stay in business
2-13-19 Arizona trail camera captures ‘Lil’ Jefe,’ a rare ocelot whose species clings to survival in the U.S.
2-2-19 Lawsuit targets federal permit for development near San Pedro River
2-1-19 After Arizona passed the Colorado River drought plan, experts weigh in on what’s next
2-1-19 Colorado River plan in question as top federal water official tells Arizona and California: ‘Close isn’t done’
1-31-19 How will Arizona cope with Colorado River cutbacks? State’s plan would spread ‘the pain’
1-31-19 Arizona Legislature passes historic Colorado River drought plan hours before deadline
1-31-19 Arizona Legislature passes Colorado River drought plan
1-29-19 National parks employees return to work and prepare for another possible shutdown
1-27-19 These key players could decide the fate of the Colorado River drought deal
1-25-19 Saguaro National Park open (barely) during shutdown, and it’s draining visitor fee revenue
1-24-19 What is the Drought Contingency Plan and will it affect me?
1-22-19 As a shortage looms, groundwater takes on added importance in the Colorado River Delta
1-18-19 With Jan. 31 deadline looming, water legislation takes shape in Arizona
1-15-19 Arizona under pressure to pass Colorado River drought plan as deadline nears
1-10-19 Arizona faces unresolved issues as lawmakers prepare to take up Colorado River drought plan
1-7-19 A rancher and an ecologist hike the desert, hunting for water and common ground on the San Pedro River
1-6-19 After wildfire changes the landscape, Arizona bighorn sheep return to historical home
1-5-19 Thinking about installing solar panels? Experts answer 6 common questions

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4-18-19 Scott Pruitt left the EPA mired in scandal. Now he is lobbying Indiana lawmakers.
4-12-19 Out-of-state coal interests are funding a battle to keep Indiana coal plants from closing
4-11-19 A measure to put a ‘pause’ on new Indiana electricity projects is defeated — for now
4-5-19 Indiana utilities want to move away from coal. The legislature could slow them down. Here’s how.
3-26-19 A bill that advocates say amounts to a ‘blank check’ for utilities is closer to being law
3-19-19 Company says it removed billboard for being an ‘attack ad’ and without consulting with IMS
3-18-19 Did Indianapolis Motor Speedway flex its muscle to get billboard taken down?
3-4-19 New technology reveals how dangerous vapors may be entering Franklin homes
3-1-19 Fate of imperiled oak tree at Eastwood Middle still hangs in the balance
2-19-19 Indiana finally has its first national park
2-18-19 Indiana Dunes: Everything you need to know about Indiana’s first national park
2-18-19 Indiana’s solar industry has slowed way down. This bill could fix it, but lawmakers won’t hear it.
2-18-19 Indiana’s solar industry has slowed, and lawmakers won’t hear bill to fix it
2-15-19 More than 200-year-old oak tree could be axed to make way for parking at Eastwood Middle
2-12-19 Bill would open ‘gaping wounds of pollution’ flowing into Indiana waterways, critics say
2-11-19 If you thought bobcat hunting had died, a new bill in legislature tried to revive it
2-1-19 Quarry climbing, kayaking, and yes, swimming: City unveils first look at White River plans
1-30-19 Yes, recycling in Indianapolis is worth it. Here are 4 reasons to lug it to the curb.
1-30-19 How Indianapolis became one of the most wasteful big cities in America
1-30-19 In 30 seconds: How Indianapolis has fallen behind in recycling
1-30-19 Here are 10 easy activities for families and kids to reduce, reuse and recycle
1-30-19 How Indiana is throwing away a huge economic opportunity by not recycling
1-22-19 Everything you need to know about contamination and childhood cancer in Franklin, Indiana
1-21-19 ‘Biggest thing to happen to agriculture in my lifetime’: Hemp could soon be grown in Indiana
1-14-19 Utilities admit to leaking toxic chemicals into groundwater, must now clean it up
1-10-19 At 100 years, Cummins looks back on key to success: building cleaner engines
1-7-19 ‘EPA failed Franklin’: Families, environmental group demand investigation into contamination
1-2-19 Kids shooting bows and arrows in schools could help turn declining hunting numbers around

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12-27-18 Christmas air pollution exceeded national standard for second year in a row
12-21-18 For people with asthma and breathing problems, winter air pollution can feel deadly
12-18-18 Forest Service moves to revoke permit for hitting wolf
12-17-18 Forest Service moves to revoke rancher’s grazing permit for trapping, hitting endangered wolf
12-14-18 A larger issue looms over short-term Colorado River plan: climate change
12-13-18 ‘Running out of time’: Federal water official sets deadline for Colorado River deal
12-13-18 All eyes are on Arizona as Colorado River meetings open with focus on finishing drought deal
12-13-18 All eyes are on Arizona as Colorado River meetings open with focus on finishing drought deal
12-12-18 Wildfires increase with shrinking snowpack, changes in snowmelt timing
12-6-18 Colorado River drought plan ‘gaining momentum’ as CAP board signals support
11-29-18 ‘Getting close’: Outline of Colorado River drought agreement takes shape in Arizona
11-26-18 Are uranium mines near the Grand Canyon hazardous to wildlife?
11-21-18 Cattle or chainsaws: Is livestock grazing effective for thinning Arizona’s fire-threatened forests?
11-19-18 Grand Canyon flood fattened fish, but it’s not all good news on the Colorado River
11-19-18 Grand Canyon flood fattened fish, but it’s not all good news on the Colorado River
11-11-18 These squirrels have staved off extinction, but they’re still not out of the woods
11-9-18 This digital tool could help the U.S. save more endangered species
11-8-18 Public art challenge looks at how Huhugam people brought water to the Valley of the Sun
11-8-18 Two horses shot dead in national forest, but the reasons why are a mystery
10-25-18 Arizona cancels water meeting amid difficult negotiations on Colorado River deal
10-23-18 Unnatural wonder: A journey into the heart of a river forever changed by human hands
10-9-18 Western states release proposed agreements for drought-stricken Colorado River
10-8-18 Where Arizona candidates stand on climate change, water issues and heat-related deaths
10-8-18 As Arizona feels the effects of climate change, many candidates still aren’t talking about the issue
9-23-18 As California condors struggle in the wild, more are released in northern Arizona
9-18-18 Shade can ease heat, but one neighborhood finds trees are just part of the solution
9-11-18 New research finds Mexican gray wolves aren’t part dog after all
8-28-18 At water-starved Lake Mead and Lake Powell, ‘the crisis is already real,’ scientists say
8-26-18 Central New Mexico Project? How a 50-year-old rule could let New Mexico use Arizona water
8-17-18 Audubon unveils bird-themed beer to raise awareness for Colorado River supply
8-16-18 Arizona may have to cut back on water use in 2020, outlook says
8-9-18 Arizona court clears way for new development to tap groundwater near San Pedro River
8-8-18 Mojave Desert birds have suffered major collapse over the past century, scientists say
8-1-18 After village burns, neighbors try to save key parts of forest to reduce risk
8-1-18 In Flagstaff, restoring forests to prevent fire and disaster
8-1-18 Arizona’s forests are being ravaged by climate change. How much can we save?
7-30-18 Lightning strikes, flames spark and a wildfire becomes an ally in restoring forest health
7-27-18 ‘Everybody’s problem’: Invasive apple snails threaten Salt River ecosystem
7-26-18 Arizona may take on new authority to protect streams and rivers. Conservationists fear looser regulation.
7-25-18 If Starbucks and McDonald’s nix plastic straws, just carry a reusable one
7-22-18 Grand Canyon has cleaner air than other national parks, study says
7-19-18 These wolves need saving. They’re also predators. Cattle ranchers ask: How many is too many?
7-18-18 El Niño predictions show we might be on track for a wet, snowy winter
7-13-18 Volunteers care for Navajo wild horses during drought, despite overpopulation concerns
7-12-18 As the Arizona drought persists, Phoenix’s water use continues to drop
6-29-18 Officials: Drought-contingency plan will be ready for Arizona Legislature’s next session
6-27-18 Drought raises demand for water deliveries to wildlife, but it’s a short-term fix
6-19-18 Arizona outdoor sports groups use billboards to oppose uranium mining in Grand Canyon
6-8-18 ‘It’s all free:’ Researchers look to harvest water from thin air with real-life sci-fi technology
5-24-18 Tap once for warbler: Phone app lets you count Arizona birds for nature research
5-17-18 At the Grand Canyon, squirrel selfies can be dangerous to your health
5-13-18 Can Mexican gray wolves survive in Mexico? Ranchers, advocates square off in familiar debate
5-9-18 After disease outbreak, Apache trout are returning to waterways in the White Mountains
5-4-18 Arizona water agencies pledge to work together on Colorado River drought plan
5-2-18 Utility’s tree-planting program in Phoenix brings shade to a city in need of it
4-19-18 CAP to meet with upper Colorado River officials in response to water ‘manipulation’ charge
4-11-18 American Rivers puts lower Colorado River atop its annual list of troubled waters
4-4-18 After dry winter, Colorado River forecasters look for 6th-driest runoff year
4-1-18 For Arizona’s once-dwindling bald eagle population, recovery starts in the nest
3-30-18 LA installs off-white streets to beat heat — could Phoenix be next?
3-29-18 In Big Bend, a border wall could divert bears, bighorn sheep from a comeback trail
3-27-18 Back from the brink, the Sonoran pronghorn now roam an increasingly political landscape
3-23-18 ‘We have plans for our water’: Yuma farmers, officials voice opposition to water bills
3-21-18 Climate change could drive bald eagles to extinction in Grand Canyon, study says
3-19-18 Farmers, Coca-Cola and conservationists: Unlikely partners fight drought along Verde River
3-6-18 Phoenix tests ‘HeatReady’ program to prepare for extreme heat
3-2-18 Arizona water managers disagree on how to prevent a shortage on the Colorado River
3-1-18 Drinking to a river’s health: Arizona brewers and farmers fight drought with beer
2-27-18 Trump’s border wall: Judge rejects environmental challenges
2-26-18 Can Mexican gray wolves coexist with people, cattle? Ranchers, conservationists test the idea
2-22-18 Endangered Mexican gray wolf population remained flat in new count
2-14-18 Arizona Republic editor Nicole Carroll named USA TODAY editor in chief
2-10-18 Battle over public lands shifts to D.C. as Flake, Gosar push for sale in La Paz County
2-9-18 Judge hears arguments over waivers of environmental laws in construction of Trump’s border wall
2-8-18 Environmentalists head to court in effort to block border-wall construction
1-31-18 Arizona elk headed to W. Virginia as East looks to undo native species’ regional extinction
1-24-18 Lawmakers want Arizona to consider taking control of public lands from feds
1-23-18 Deadly metro Phoenix heat demands action, Maricopa County official says
1-11-18 The fish that clean Phoenix’s canals are gorging themselves and getting even bigger
1-8-18 100 wolves enough? Jeff Flake wants to remove federal protections for Mexican gray wolves
1-3-18 Could climate change kill chocolate? There’s an even bigger story for Arizona’s food supply
12-28-18 A howling good time: Wolves celebrate Christmas with a bacon-draped tree at Wolf Park
12-24-18 ‘Now it’s on us to fix’: Fearing for their future, Hoosier kids are taking control
12-22-18 ‘Hunters and Hoosiers should be scared’: Deadly deer disease threatens Indiana’s borders
12-15-18 A decade of fish poop, algae and dirt is being scraped out of the Indiana Central Canal
12-14-18 Mysterious tubes and a mannequin head: Quirky craft store opens near Fountain Square
12-7-18 Indiana group is suing USDA over the way it gives money to farms with thousands of animals
12-4-18 Proposed Indiana coal plant would put millions of tons of dangerous chemicals in air
11-27-18 ‘Substantial loss of life’: What the climate change report says about Indiana
11-27-18 Duck poop? Yes. Eggshells? Of course. On this Carmel homestead, nothing goes to waste
11-27-18 Water is a human right’: Indy native’s nonprofit helps bring clean water to the world
11-27-18 Climate change will take a bite out of our economy. Here’s what Indianapolis wants to do about it.
11-20-18 Here’s how to avoid throwing Thanksgiving leftovers in the trash
11-16-18 5 ways to save money and shop for a waste-free Thanksgiving
11-15-18 An Indiana company is about to up its paper straw production by 700 percent
11-9-18 Erin Brockovich in Indianapolis: ‘I hope we wake up to the things we’re doing’
11-5-18 ‘Clearly they haven’t cleaned up the source’: New test results confirm Franklin contamination
11-2-18 This Indiana utility may have just put the final nail in coal’s coffin
10-31-18 Indiana senate candidates got another chance at this question. Some say they failed again.
10-29-18 Indianapolis will get its share of $70 million prize to tackle sustainability goals
10-29-18 Declawing lions, tigers now illegal after Indiana lawsuit against vet who declawed 12 big cats
10-28-18 New lawsuit says EPA is putting health, environment at risk when it comes to toxic coal ash
10-27-18 As Trump prepares to speak to farmers, their future seems uncertain
10-22-18 People really want to get in the White River, city planners have learned
10-20-18 ‘A vote for science is a vote for creation’: New Indiana religious billboard not what you expect
10-19-18 Meet the company sucking cancer-causing chemicals out of the ground throughout the Midwest
10-17-18 This is how you can prevent an explosion if you smell natural gas.
10-17-18 ‘They lost what they call home’: Danger of natural gas explosions lurks just beneath surface
10-9-18 Hole in dam near 16th Street drops water levels nearly 6 feet
9-29-18 Winner of world’s top conservation prize has discovered new species. And grew a bug in his foot.
9-27-18 ‘I was sure I was going to die’: Son fights for grizzly bears after one nearly killed his dad
9-20-18 Northern Indiana utility ditching coal in favor of renewable energy in next 10 years
9-17-18 As Indiana towns grapple with climate change a new tool could save them money
9-10-18 Residents warned not to use open flame near site of jet fuel spill in Indiana River
8-30-18 Lead, other hazardous contamination at southwest Indianapolis site the target of EPA cleanup
8-27-18 Purdue professor sets world record for fastest arrangement of the periodic table of elements
8-27-18 Trump EPA’s new energy plan tries to save coal industry, but puts public health at risk
8-24-18 Common Indiana songbird under threat from climate change
8-24-18 How an encounter with Indianapolis trash led this woman to launch her small business
8-20-18 State is investigating manure spill near Beaver Creek that killed thousands of fish in July
8-20-18 New model developed by IU researchers helps predict landslide risks in Indiana, worldwide
8-20-18 Purdue researchers take on mosquito diseases like Zika and West Nile with new device
8-12-18 EPA documents: Contamination in Johnson County known for decades but still being cleaned up
8-6-18 Wisconsin company acquires Indiana-made Aardvark paper straws to meet skyrocketing demand
8-5-18 Invasive plants are harming Hoosier gardens and farms. A grassroots effort wants to help.
8-3-18 Indiana-based Cummins recalls 500,000 trucks over faulty system releasing excess pollution
8-3-18 A hidden oasis in the heart of Keystone could be a new gateway to the White River
8-2-18 Franklin Schools testing reveals trace levels of toxins, schools are safe but more testing ahead
8-1-18 Your produce is less healthy than it was 70 years ago. These farmers might change that
7-31-18 It’s going to get a lot harder to farm in Indiana, according to this Purdue report
7-29-18 We know single-use plastics are bad. Why can’t we stop using them?
7-27-18 Superintendent: Franklin elementary schools won’t open if chemical test results ‘unfavorable’
7-23-18 These Indianapolis bars and restaurants are joining the anti-plastic-straw movement
7-22-18 Not just Starbucks and McDonald’s: Indianapolis restaurants are ditching plastic straws
7-20-18 Franklin schools hires environmental firm to ensure safety for elementary students
7-19-18 ‘Disastrous consequences’: EPA changes to toxic coal ash rules could hurt Hoosiers
7-18-18 Pulliam Trust awards more than $2 million in grants to Indy Area charities
7-17-18 Here’s why this Carmel teacher’s family got strange looks on their cross-country road trip
7-17-18 ‘We’ve had kids die’: Test results show dangerous contamination levels in Johnson County town
7-16-18 These tiny plastics make their way up the food chain and into your diet
7-16-18 This species of spider is the size of a crayon tip and was just discovered in Indiana
7-15-18 Plogging? You know, when you jog and pick up litter at the same time
7-15-18 The dust in your home could be contaminated with lead. This researcher wants to help you.
7-10-18 We ‘turned our back’ on the White River. Now, Indianapolis wants to make it a destination.
7-10-18 Indiana Jones honored by Indianapolis Zoo: Harrison Ford wins award for wildlife conservation
7-9-18 In Hendricks County, Ronald Reagan Parkway extension pits science against growth
6-24-18 Indiana-made Aardvark paper straws see ‘unprecedented growth’ as restaurants ditch plastic
6-19-18 Carmel teacher’s family road trip across the U.S. takes a ‘trashy’ turn
6-12-18 The 2018 Indianapolis Prize winner has discovered 18 species, meet Russ Mittermeier
6-9-18 From pigeons to seabirds and sharks, Carl Safina shares the stories of our natural world
6-8-18 Russ Mittermeier discovers 18 new species and travels to more than 170 countries
6-7-18 P. Dee Boersma travels to tip of Argentina to protect world’s largest Magellanic penguin colony
6-6-18 Nora residents sue the city over controversial zoning decision
6-6-18 Saving the snow leopards: Rodney Jackson treks the Himalayas in search of the spotted cat
6-4-18 A lack of trees might hurt Indianapolis’ growth. Here’s why.
6-1-18 Those chocolate bars with endangered species on the wrapper are made in Indianapolis
6-1-18 A woman says she found Indy 500 balloons. In Ohio.
5-30-18 IPL customers fearing a $10 to $20 rate increase may be in luck, state agency says: ‘Deny it’
5-24-18 As 300,000 spectators descend on Indianapolis for Indy 500, city warns about being outside
5-22-18 Mile-a-minute vine: What you need to know about the plant that can grow 6 inches a day
5-22-18 New Macaque monkeys at Indianapolis Zoo known for swimming, diving and photo-bombing
5-21-18 The Indy 500 is actually super trashy
5-18-18 Watch out, gearheads, solar power could be coming to the Speedway at Indianapolis 500
5-17-18 IDEM wants to change the way you see air permit proposals, and the public is not happy
5-15-18 Rose Acre Farms eggs gave a Florida woman salmonella, lawsuit alleges
5-15-18 DNR Director: ‘We heard you,’ says no to bobcat hunting and killing nuisance wildlife
5-10-18 Bobcats, raccoons and coyotes might be saved, now it’s up to the Natural Resources Commission
5-7-18 8 City-County councillors to state: Don’t approve IPL’s rate increase
5-7-18 This farm said it had a USDA inspector onsite daily. But people still got sick.
4-20-18 Here are the do’s, don’ts and definition for citizen science — just in time for Earth Day
4-20-18 People of faith to IPL: This rate hike is immoral
4-19-18 Indiana has a polluted reputation. Here’s how bad it is.
4-19-18 If you love Indiana and the environment, read this
4-18-18 IPL customers could see bills go up by $10 to $20 per month; hearings for public comment next week
4-18-18 Gen Con 2018 to slay waste with new sustainability efforts at gaming event
4-10-18 These fruits, vegetables grown in Indiana are on ‘Dirty Dozen’ list of produce with most pesticides
4-10-18 Driftwood Hills residents feel shut out of negotiations for controversial development
4-6-18 This is why Hoosiers may soon have to worry about diseases such as malaria and Zika
4-3-18 This is why bacteria could be the answer to your pothole prayers
3-28-18 Marathon Pipeline agrees to $335,000 in EPA settlement for 2016 Wabash River diesel spill
3-28-18 New reports: Contaminants from coal ash at levels 40 times above safe drinking water standards
3-26-18 Indiana lawmaker’s proposed tax credit could save coal industry billions
3-23-18 Hoosiers to DNR: ‘Stop the murder’ of bobcats, raccoons, coyotes and opossums
3-21-18 More than 40,000 gallons of diesel spill in southwest Indiana, cleanup underway
3-18-18 Could this ‘clean coal’ plant proposal be answer to Indiana’s 17 billion tons of reserves?
3-18-18 Betting on ‘clean coal’: Why some see it as a crucial part of our energy future — and some don’t
3-12-18 Indianapolis Nora residents get second chance after opposing Keystone Crossing project
3-5-18 Indiana DNR proposes to allow hunting and trapping of bobcats
3-1-18 DNR proposes new rule requiring animal control workers to kill critters
2-27-18 More than 55 million gallons of sewage kept out of White River by DigIndy tunnel
2-25-18 Indianapolis Nora residents opposed a developer and won. Now, they’ve changed their minds.
2-25-18 ‘Tragic consequences’: new bill could rob asbestos disease victims of rights to seek justice
2-19-18 Noxious weed seeds? Green jobs galore? Some environmental bills are still alive at the Indiana statehouse
2-12-18 Indiana’s forests are in danger, and the threat: You
2-11-18 Can cutting trees be good for Indiana forests? Or is it just about timber profits?
2-9-18 Indiana judge criticized by Trump to preside over border wall case with wildlife focus
2-7-18 Indiana added 93 percent fewer solar jobs in 2017
2-6-18 Monkeys and musk ox — Indy Zoo names six finalists for leading animal conservation award
2-5-18 IPL to cut roughly 100 jobs in Indiana in coming months
1-11-18 Eight masked protesters issued warnings at Yellowwood Forest
1-9-18 Recent cold snap shatters Polar Vortex records for natural gas demand — could send bills surging
1-5-18 Why Indiana’s extreme cold could lead to more power outages —​​​​​​​ and higher bills
1-3-18 This is how science links cold weather and global warming
1-3-18 This is why someone would install a $70K solar system in Carmel
1-1-18 How to make ‘going green’ a 2018 resolution — and actually do it
1-1-18 Trump solar tariffs could further destabilize Indiana solar industry

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