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Environmental variability and global change are discussed more and more frequently in news articles and programs as the general public becomes increasingly aware of the rapid environmental transformations taking place around the world. The Institute of the Environment produces general interest articles about current UA research relevant to the environment, spotlights that chronicle the work of IoE faculty, and other articles, including a series on drought in the Southwest. The most recent articles are listed below. Older articles and links to UA News press releases also are available in the News Archive.

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July 10, 2014

Through blogs, videos, photo essays and other online content, the students and faculty in the UA's Public Political Ecology Lab are sharing political ecology research directly with the public.

July 7, 2014

As part of a research project in the UA College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture, students developed sustainable infrastructure designs for key cities along the proposed Interstate 11, including features like solar panels and water harvesting.

July 1, 2014

New research by the University of Washington and the UA shows that background odors can interfere with pollinators’ ability to find flowers.

June 30, 2014

A combination of drought conditions, high winds and high temperatures means the potential for an intense fire season, UA fire expert Gregg Garfin says in this guest blog.

June 30, 2014

As people are gearing up for Fourth of July celebrations, and Arizona remembers the Yarnell Hill Fire a year later, it's important to be reminded of the high fire risk throughout much of the state.

June 29, 2014
The Huffington Post

UA scientist Brian Enquist is incorporating future climate predictions into topographic maps for about 120,000 plant species to reveal the future of forests.

June 24, 2014

UA scientists are playing a key role in an unprecedented effort to save the monarch, America's most iconic butterfly. Their recovery plan uses computer simulations to guide habitat restoration along the migration route, which stretches from the Great Plains to Mexico.

June 20, 2014
Arizona Alumni Magazine

UA researcher Esther Sternberg believes that the health of our environment is closely linked to our personal health and well-being.

June 20, 2014

Numerous climate models forecast an increased chance for wetter-than-average conditions during the monsoon for Arizona and New Mexico.

June 19, 2014
Los Angeles Times

UA researcher Victor Baker studies ancient water levels and finds evidence of epic floods along the Colorado River.