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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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November 5, 2014
Arizona Daily Star

Sharon Megdal, professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and the Department of Soil, Water, and Environmental Science and director of the UA Water Sustainability Program was re-elected to represent Pima County on the Central Arizona Water Conservation District this November 4.

November 5, 2014
Texas A&M

Dr. Steve Archer and Willem van Leeuwen are principal investigators on a research project on woody plant encroachment that has been recently funded for $1.4 million by the NSF.

November 1, 2014
High Country News

Arizona's first major wildfire of 2014 ignited this past spring on Fort Huachuca, a U.S. Army base not far from the Mexico border. The incident marked the second time in three years the Army was fending off flames in a part of the country where rain is always scarce and temperatures can peak into the 90s in April. "As they have more hot and dry days when they can't use tracers or do live (ammunition) training exercises, that impacts (the Army) and other military units, such as Navy SEALs or Special Forces, that are trying to use Fort Huachuca," says Rafe Sagarin, a research scientist with the UA Institute of the Environment.

October 30, 2014
The Gazette

George E. Gehrels, Professor of Geosciences at UA, has co-authored a groundbreaking study on the discvovering that sandstone wedges in Colorado are 700 million years older than previously thought.

October 29, 2014

Yes, they have an image problem, but give them credit for saving cotton farmers millions of dollars in crop damage and insecticide costs. However, their role in pest control is changing, a UA scientist says.

October 24, 2014
The Washington Post

Scott Saleska and Virginia Rich recently published in Nature on the Methanoflorens stordalenmirensis microbe and its newly discovered effects on the warming of our planet.

October 23, 2014

UA researchers discuss the 2014 monsoon, focusing on the influence of tropical storm systems, record and near-record precipitation events, monsoon intensity and duration, and the ever-present promise of El Niño.

October 22, 2014

Ellen McMahon grew up in a home where science and art often collided — and is both an artist and a biologist. Now she wants her UA students to be environmentally sensitive and to see the difference their work can make.

October 22, 2014

Scott Saleska's research, recently published in Nature, revealed that soil microbes have a significant effect on global climate change.

October 20, 2014

University of Arizona's Willem van Leeuwen will be working on a multi-institutional research project looking into how to slow the decreasing resilience of grasslands due to encroaching woody shrubs.