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Scottsdale stops HOAs from requiring residents to overseed
Last week, the Scottsdale City Council approved an ordinance preventing homeowners’ associations from forcing people to overseed their lawns. Overseeding is a popular fall procedure in Arizona used to convert summer grass into a more lush winter variety.
ASU announces new School of Ocean Futures
ASU has added a fourth school to its College of Global Futures, one it says will bring together ocean scientists and teachers from across the globe.
Sep. 23, 2022
Scottsdale stops HOAs from requiring residents to overseed
Last week, the Scottsdale City Council approved an ordinance preventing homeowners’ associations from forcing people to overseed their lawns. Overseeding is a popular fall procedure in Arizona used to convert summer grass into a more lush winter variety.
Sep. 24, 2022
AZ State Forestry says fire season was mild this year
Wildfire season in Arizona turned out to be mild compared to past years. Last year, 1,600 fires burned about 530,000 acres of forest in the state.
Sep. 23, 2022
Experts say it’s time to think beyond battling wildfires — and find a way to live with them
Wildfires are growing more frequent and severe, and wildfire season has lengthened by almost three months since the late-1970s. Experts say it’s time to think beyond battling these inevitable blazes and find a way to live with them.
More Arizona science news
Sep. 20, 2022
Mesa urges water conservation efforts by limiting overseeding lawns
Fall is overseeding season in Arizona — when residents transform their lawns to a greener, winter turf. But with the Southwest battling a historic drought and water cuts, the city of Mesa is encouraging residents to limit or forgo their overseeding efforts this year.
Sep. 16, 2022
Bees likely find flowers using patterns, not just colors
Despite poor distance vision beyond a few centimeters and a brain smaller than a grain of rice, a bee can fly for miles, find food and triangulate the best path home. New research shows the social insects may rely on a mix of colors and patterns to find their targets.
Sep. 8, 2022
Extreme heat, cold may drive up online hate speech
Scientists have long tried to clarify the complex relationship between uncomfortable temperatures, human behavior and societal stability. Climate change has only added urgency to the question. A new study offers some clues.
Sep. 7, 2022
How this Phoenix building was designed to combat heat
The University of Arizona’s Health Sciences Education Building in downtown Phoenix is making Arizona healthier — not just from facilitating health classes, but from mitigating heat with its copper-clad exterior.
Sep. 7, 2022
APS: AZ prepared to meet energy demand of Valleys excessive heat
With an extreme heat wave in much of the West, California is experiencing record demand for energy. Justin Joiner, vice president of resource management for APS, said even with excessive heat warnings in the Valley, customers here won’t experience what’s happening in California.
Sep. 6, 2022
University of Arizona gets $11 million grant for solar storage research
The U.S. Department of Energy has granted University of Arizona almost $11 million over four years to support an Energy Frontier Research Center there. The center’s research on energy conversion and storage could advance solar progress.
Sep. 2, 2022
Tempe-based First Solar announces U.S. expansion
One of the goals of the Inflation Reduction Act was to spur investment in clean energy. A Tempe-based firm says it will expand its operations as a result.
Aug. 30, 2022
Why Arizonans could benefit from swapping cars for golf carts
Despite efforts like light rail and buses, the Valley remains a car city. But some innovators would like to see “car culture” shift to “car culture.” Golf carts, that is.
Aug. 29, 2022
This community is in danger of being cut off from its water supply
While Arizona is being asked to cut back when Colorado River restrictions go into effect next year, some residents of the state are in danger of being cut off completely from their water supplies. A small community north of Phoenix faces a crucial vote as soon as this week to determine its future source of water.
More Arizona water news
Aug. 27, 2022
Scottsdale increases incentives for residents, businesses to remove grass
Scottsdale has increased financial incentives for residents and businesses to remove grass. The Water Department has $300,000 to offer in rebates this fiscal year, that's $50,000 more than last year.
Aug. 25, 2022
Peoria institutes sustainability plan
Peoria has become the latest of several Arizona cities to institute a sustainability plan. The mayor and council adopted the Sustainable Peoria Plan earlier this week.
Aug. 25, 2022
Americans vastly underestimate support for climate action
With the divisive rhetoric around climate change, it’s natural to assume support for policy measures might be on the low side. But new research shows that’s a mistaken assumption.
Aug. 24, 2022
Phoenix will use $16.3M grant for greener buses, workforce program
Phoenix will get more than $16 million for greener buses through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act) under a Federal Transit Administration grant program.
Aug. 23, 2022
Propane-based AC might slow global warming
In Arizona, air-conditioning is nearly as essential as water bottles, and AC demand will only rise as climate change drives more frequent and severe heat waves. Now, new research suggests switching to propane-based AC could reduce global warming potential.
Aug. 18, 2022
Researchers unite in call for sustainable food systems
More than 30 researchers from a dozen countries have authored a perspectives paper in the journal Nature Sustainability calling for the world to shift to more sustainable food systems. They say the overhaul should be guided by education and research, and based on principles like sufficiency, renewal, distributed benefits, access and community.
Aug. 18, 2022
At last, good news about PFAS forever chemicals removal
In June, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued four health advisories for PFAS in drinking water, and Arizona officials found alarming levels of the pervasive toxins in a Prescott restaurant's water supply. Now, new research offers hope for taking the "forever" out of these "forever chemicals."
Aug. 16, 2022