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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 1, 2013
Institute of the Environment
Two UA researchers contributed to a Special Issue of the journal Climatic Change that centers on the impacts of climate change on tribal natural and cultural resources. The issue represents the first time a peer-reviewed scientific journal has exclusively devoted an entire edition to climate change and its impacts on indigenous communities across the U.S.
September 30, 2013
UA entomology professor Molly Hunter has received a $520,000 National Science Foundation grant to explore bacterial manipulation of insect reproduction.
September 29, 2013
Arizona Daily Star
In this opinion piece, UA researchers Donald Falk and Gregg Garfin comment on the "State of the Climate in 2012" annual report compiled by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The report, they write, sends a clear message: "Our business as usual is altering Earth's climate system to an extent not seen for millions of years."
September 28, 2013
Arizona Daily Star
Much of the heat that was supposed to fire up the globe’s air in the past 15 years — but didn’t — has gone into the ocean, a University of Arizona oceanographer said Friday.
September 27, 2013
A panel of distinguished UA climate experts commented on the latest United Nations report on climate change and explained what the findings likely mean for Arizona and the Southwest.
September 25, 2013
The monsoon delivered enough storms to much of the Southwest to drive precipitation to above-average levels for only the fifth time since 2000. The rain has dramatically improved drought conditions, particularly by reducing acute short-term drought.
September 24, 2013
The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $3.9 million to an international collaboration led by UA ecologists Scott Saleska and Virginia Rich. The researchers are studying how microbes release greenhouse gases as they access nutrients in permafrost soils that are thawing under the influence of a warmer climate.
September 18, 2013
AZ Illustrated's feature on southeastern Arizona's grasslands ecology includes an interview with UA's Greg Barron-Gafford.
September 13, 2013
Phoenix Business Journal
UA professor Robert Glennon, author of the book "Unquenchable," has co-written a new report addressing potential solutions to water scarcity in Arizona and the Western U.S. The report offers a number of suggestions, including modernizing irrigation systems on farms and finding ways to reuse water in cities.
September 12, 2013
The Hominin Sites and Paleolakes Drilling Project, led by UA geoscientist Andrew S. Cohen, has been awarded a $4.78 million NSF grant to expand its research on human evolution and climate. Researchers anticipate their findings will transform our understanding of how environmental and climate change affected the evolution of our ancestors.