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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 21, 2014

Research scientist Gigi Owen's current project looks at the impact of food, water and energy sources, especially for those who already use assistance programs in order to pay for those resources. "Climate changes are happening and they have very long, lasting impacts," says Owen, who works for the Climate Assessment of the Southwest housed at the UA and funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. She and her fellow scientists hope to inform local and state government on climate-change decisions. (This is the latest installment in a KGUN-TV series on UA researchers.)

November 20, 2014

The latest outlooks indicate a 70-75 percent chance that an El Niño event will develop this winter. Forecasts call for elevated chances for above-average precipitation through the winter and into early spring.

November 19, 2014
ASU News

UA's Sharon Megdal has been named one of ASU's 2014 Morrison Institute of Public Policy Distinguished Fellow.

November 14, 2014
Arizona Daily Star

Southern Arizona is particularly vulnerable to climate change as temperatures rise, resources become scarce and those living in poverty are disproportionately affected, experts said Thursday during a UA forum. In 50 years, Tucson's temperatures will be more like Yuma's temperatures, according to Gregg Garfin of the UA's Institute of the Environment.

November 12, 2014

The broad range of art-environment conversations that are bubbling up across the UA campus, across Tucson, across the region, and across the globe are reflective of a growing understanding of the role that imagination, creative practice, art, and play may have in both communicating environmental issues and envisioning the future.

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.