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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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September 28, 2014
The Arizona Republic

Water scarcity is a major issue facing Arizonans and University of Arizona researchers warn of the potential dangers.

September 23, 2014

Agnese Nelms Haury dedicated her life to the preservation and understanding of cultures, ecosystems and landscapes; human rights and international relations; the Southwest; and the challenges facing indigenous people. Her bequest of more than $50 million to the UA Foundation will create the UA Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice to fund prestigious faculty chairs, visiting fellowships, student scholarships, conferences, an international prize, lectures and events, and collaborative research.

September 23, 2014

Proximities reviews The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change, written by Yoram Bauman with illustrations by Grady Klein. Bauman, "the world's first and only stand-up economist," will perform at UA on September 29.

September 22, 2014

The University of Arizona will establish a program focused on environment, society and the Southwest thanks to a significant donation made to the University of Arizona Foundation for the benefit of the UA.

September 19, 2014
Arizona Daily Sun

Associate Director of the Water Resources Research Center Jean McLain and researchers from TGen and Virginia Tech are spearheading a project to look at wastewater in Flagstaff.

September 18, 2014
Around The O

University of Arizona's Scott Saleska has received $457,000 from the National Science Foundation along with researchers from Univesity of Oregon and University of California, Davis to study methane creation in Brazil's Amazon rainforest.

September 18, 2014

Jonathan Overpeck warns that rain brought on by Pacific storms in recent days will not help the drought being experienced in the Southwest.

September 18, 2014

The monsoon has delivered plentiful rainfall to much of the Southwest, and forecasts point towards continued above-average precipitation into the fall.

September 17, 2014
Cal Coast News

Drought and other extreme climate events can be linked mostly to human-caused global warming, Jonathan Ovepeck says.

September 17, 2014
The Sacramento Bee

Jonathan Overpeck of the UA's Institute of the Environment said it's rare to have back-to-back weather events like this, and he noted that a third one could be brewing out in the Pacific. It's too soon to determine what factors have shaped this hurricane season. However, Overpeck said he would be amazed if climate change wasn't having some influence.