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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.
October 14, 2013
European Geosciences Union
Dr. Hoshin Gupta has been recognized by the EGU for his outstanding contributions to his field. The John Daltion Medal is the highest award that the EGU Hydrology Division confers.
October 11, 2013
Utah Public Radio
UA climate expert Gregg Garfin discusses climate change and its potential impacts on air quality and health in the future.
October 10, 2013
Russell K. Monson, professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ School of Natural Resources and the Environment, is among 62 individuals who have been elected as 2013 AGU Fellows.
October 9, 2013
Arizona Daily Star
Olive oil produced from trees on the UA campus will be served in campus eateries and sold in the UA BookStore. Mesquite and citrus trees also are being harvested. Melanie Lenart, an adjunct professor in the soil, water and environmental science department, says the UA has seen a boom in green projects, including rainwater harvesting, composting and solar energy use.
October 7, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Thomas Swetnam, director of the UA Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, co-authored a paper in the journal Science that calls for the increased use of managed burns to reduce fuel levels in the West's forests. The authors warn that climate change is leaving the forests more vulnerable to large, high-severity wildfires.
October 4, 2013
The UA is the lead institution for the Regional Algal Feedstock Testbed partnership, which was recently awarded $8 million over four years by the Department of Energy to research how algae can be grown year-round outdoors in open ponds in different climates. The UA's Kimberly Ogden and others are looking at algae as a potential means to fuel the future.
October 2, 2013
The dance film Rosemont Ours: A Field Guide celebrates plants and animals of the Santa Rita mountains that could be affected by the proposed Rosemont Copper mine.
October 2, 2013
UA climate researchers discuss the soggy 2013 September, improved drought conditions, and the imprint of climate change on extreme September storms.
October 2, 2013
Kacey Ernst, assistant professor in the College of Public Health, was named Woman of the Year during the "40 Under 40" awards ceremony. An epidemiologist whose work focuses on understanding factors associated with the emergence and re-emergence of infectious diseases like malaria and dengue, Ernst has earned more than $3 million in grants to fund her research from the National Institutes of Health.
October 1, 2013
The Washington Spectator
The Southwest needs better planning, technology, and political resolve to mitigate the impacts of climate change and help the region adapt to the effects of warmer temperatures, two UA researchers write in The Washington Spectator.