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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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August 21, 2014

With about a month remaining in the 2014 monsoon season, southeast Arizona, the higher elevation areas in central Arizona, and west-central Arizona have generally experienced above-average precipitation

August 20, 2014
The Washington Post

Diana Liverman, co-director of the Institute of the Environment, writes about teaching environmental studies more positively.

August 12, 2014

Alan Forrest, director of Tucson Water, discusses various strategies that Tucson implemented to deal with potential water shortages, the conservation and recapture efforts in areas of municipalities in southern Arizona, and the practical realities of providing municipal water to an growing population in the Southwest.

August 12, 2014
National Public Radio

Crops like alfalfa hay are important to Arizona's economy, but they also consume 80 percent of Colorado River water in the Southwest, which is facing record-setting drought. Robbert Glennon, UA Regents' Professor of Law and Public Policy, suggests some solutions, like temporary suspension of summertime irrigation, could help water conservation efforts.

August 11, 2014
USA Today

UA climate scientist Jonathan Overpeck discusses drought in California, where during the first half of 2014 were the warmest on record.

August 7, 2014
The Ecologist

Wild horses are an iconic symbol of the American West, but their numbers must be controlled, writes UA researcher J. Edward de Steiguer.

August 5, 2014

Dennis Rule, manager of the Central Arizona Groundwater Replenishment District (CAGRD), discusses the importance of CAGRD in the management of Arizona groundwater and potential impacts on the system from continued drought in the Colorado River Basin.

August 5, 2014

The Princeton Review has named the University of Arizona one of the best higher education institutions in the nation for undergraduate education and assigned the UA a score of 96 out of 99 for sustainability or "green" initiatives.

July 30, 2014

CLIMAS climate scientist Zack Guido and Mohammed Mahmoud, planning analyst with the Colorado River Programs department at the Central Arizona Project (CAP), discuss the CAP and its role in delivering Colorado River water throughout Arizona, as well as how a shortage would impact the CAP system.

July 30, 2014
Lo Que Pasa

Joellen Russell, an associate professor of geosciences, is one of three UA faculty members to be recognized as 1885 Distinguished Scholars this year.