Latest Deserts News

VP Harris touts Arizona-California power transmission line

Jan. 19, 2023 20:09 PM EST

TONOPAH, Ariz. (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris and two cabinet secretaries on Thursday celebrated the start of construction of a new high-capacity power transmission line between Arizona and California, which they hope will lead to future solar energy farms in the desert outside Phoenix. ...

South Korea president, in UAE, backs return to nuclear power

Jan. 16, 2023 22:39 PM EST

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol said Monday that his nation's efforts to be carbon neutral by 2050 would rely in part on returning to nuclear power, even though his predecessor had tried to move away from atomic power. Yoon's comments at...

New Mexico seeks tougher provisions for US nuclear dump

Dec. 20, 2022 18:00 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State officials on Tuesday released a draft permit that includes tougher provisions for the U.S. government to meet if it wants to continue dumping radioactive waste from decades of nuclear research and bomb-making in the New Mexico desert. The public will...

Water stations OK'd for Southern California bighorn sheep

Dec. 14, 2022 22:10 PM EST

DESERT CENTER, Calif. (AP) — In response to years of drought, Southern California conservationists are planning to install water stations in inland desert regions that are home to bighorn sheep. The Southern California News Group reported Wednesday that the nonprofit Society for...

Salt, drought decimate buffaloes in Iraq's southern marshes

Nov. 23, 2022 05:13 AM EST

CHIBAYISH, Iraq (AP) — Abbas Hashem fixed his worried gaze on the horizon — the day was almost gone and still, there was no sign of the last of his water buffaloes. He knows that when his animals don't come back from roaming the marshes of this part of Iraq, they must be dead. ...

Bison's relocation to Native lands revives a spiritual bond

Nov. 22, 2022 15:58 PM EST

BULL HOLLOW, Okla. (AP) — Ryan Mackey quietly sang a sacred Cherokee verse as he pulled a handful of tobacco out of a zip-close bag. Reaching over a barbed wire fence, he scattered the leaves onto the pasture where a growing herd of bison — popularly known as American buffalo — grazed in...

Bison spread as Native American tribes reclaim stewardship

Nov. 21, 2022 07:58 AM EST

BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, S.D. (AP) — Perched atop a fence at Badlands National Park, Troy Heinert peered from beneath his wide-brimmed hat into a corral where 100 wild bison awaited transfer to the Rosebud Indian Reservation. Descendants of bison that once roamed North America's...

S. Korea's leader discusses megaprojects with Saudi prince

Nov. 17, 2022 06:01 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol hoped for greater cooperation with Saudi Arabia — including on its $500 billion futuristic desert city project — as he met the kingdom’s powerful crown prince Thursday, Seoul officials said. Crown Prince Mohammed...

'Rogue Heroes' offers thrilling war adventure in the desert

Nov. 15, 2022 12:14 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Think of a military unit and you'll likely get an image of fresh-pressed uniforms, crisp saluting and a strong sense of hierarchy. But a new TV series offers a much messier alternative — one that can be even more effective. “Rogue Heroes,” premiering this...

Saudi Arabia has 'green vision' at COP27, critics unmoved

Nov. 13, 2022 08:58 AM EST

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — Hydrogen cars and vehicles that capture their tailpipe pollutants. Computer mice made from recycled ocean waste plastic. Hundreds of millions of trees planted in the desert. Saudi Arabia's vision of an environmentally friendly future is on display just a short drive...