Arizona Sustainability News

Tempe-Based Solar Company To Rollout Updated Solar Panels Early
Tempe-based First Solar announced the early rollout of its updated solar panels Tuesday at its investor call.
Dec. 6, 2017
Lawsuit To Give Colorado River Legal Personhood Is Over
A lawsuit to give the Colorado River legal personhood is over. A Colorado environmental group had sued that state in federal court, asking the court to say the river could sue over environmental threats.
Dec. 6, 2017
Phoenix Gets Step Closer To Waste Diversion Goal
Phoenix has a goal to divert 40 percent of its waste from landfills by 2020. The city recently announced it’s now at 30 percent.
Nov. 29, 2017
EPA Set To Mark Its 47th Anniversary
In just a few days, the EPA will mark its 47th anniversary. The agency was established during the Nixon administration and while different administrations have emphasized different environmental issues, the current administration is emphasizing a shake-up.
Nov. 28, 2017
Proposed Cuts To The EPA Cause Concern
The Trump administration and Congress are looking to cut the budget and the influence of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Nov. 28, 2017
The Pulse: Traveling Down The Modern Mississippi
The words ‘Mississippi River’ evoke images of a mustachioed Mark Twain — or the whistle of a steamboat calliope. “But that river doesn’t exist anymore,” said historian Christopher Morris.
Nov. 28, 2017
ASU Students, Local Lawmakers Protest Proposed EPA Cuts
Arizona State University students, buttressed by local leaders from government and environmental groups, gathered to speak in Tempe’s Mitchell Park on Monday morning.
Nov. 27, 2017
Artificial Light Pollution On The Rise Globally, LEDs Might Be Making It Worse
City lights drive back the night a little more each year, disrupting ecological cycles. Now, energy-efficient lights could be making light pollution worse.
Nov. 27, 2017
Pinal County Supervisors Approve Land-Use Change For Solar Company
The Pinal County Board of Supervisors this month paved the way for a nearly 3,000 acre solar power plant by changing the land-use from residential to green energy production.
Nov. 23, 2017
New Target Shooting Restrictions In Tonto Forest
Officials for the Tonto National Forest have announced new restrictions for recreational targets shooters in an effort to reduce the amount of trash left on forest floor.
Nov. 23, 2017
 Tucson Water Conservation Program Shows Impressive Results
Water conservation efforts in Arizona have produced impressive results over the last several years. The results of Tucson’s water conservation program released in an annual report show more than 1.6 billion gallons of water savings since its inception nine years ago.
Nov. 22, 2017
Arizona Climatologists Recommend Extension Of Drought Declaration
Despite a few sprinkles here and there around the Valley on Friday morning, the official rain gauge at Sky Harbor Airport hasn’t seen precipitation since late August.
Nov. 20, 2017
Are Biofuels Causing An Increase In Food Prices?
In the move away from a reliance on fossil fuels, there’s been an increased push to use biofuels — the most common of which is probably made from corn.
Nov. 15, 2017
25 Years Later, Global Scientists Issue Second Warning To Humanity
This week marks 25 years since more than 1,700 scientists, led by the Union of Concerned Scientists, issued a “warning to humanity” concerning the costs of continued environmental destruction. Now, they’ve issued another – this one signed by 15,000 scientists representing 184 countries.
Nov. 15, 2017
Climate Change Talks Currently Underway In Germany
Negotiators from nearly 200 countries, including the U.S., are currently in Bonn, Germany for climate change talks.
Nov. 14, 2017
Bisbee Plans To Fight Arizona Plastic Bag Ban
Bisbee plans to fight back after Arizona lawmakers forced the small town to repeal its mandatory ban on plastic grocery bags.
Nov. 13, 2017
How Extreme Weather Events Can Impact U.S. National Security
The debate about climate change has partially been focused on its economic consequences. But what about national security?
Nov. 9, 2017
Arizona Corporation Commission Approves Water Rates For New River
The communities of New River and Desert Hills moved one step closer to getting a fix to their water woes. The Arizona Corporation Commission approved rates for a plan put forward by the utility EPCOR.
Nov. 8, 2017
La Nina Producing A Drier And Warmer Winter In Southwest
One week into November the National Weather Service has a better idea on how the La Nina churning out in the Pacific will impact Arizona's this winter.
Nov. 7, 2017
Solar Industry On Edge, Waiting To See If Trump Will Impose Tariffs On Panels
The U.S. solar industry is on edge - waiting to see whether the Trump administration will impose steep tariffs on foreign made solar panels. Unease over the looming decision is already affecting the market. Federal regulators are set to make their recommendations to the President next week
Oct. 27, 2017