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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 31, 2014
Arizona Daily Star

UA climate scientist Mike Crimmins is quoted in this article, which says that Tucson remains in a deficit for summer rain totals despite a wet August.

August 31, 2014

Eric Magrane's column in Terrain introduces work from the Poetic Field Research project at Biosphere 2.

August 22, 2014

UA researchers Zack Guido and Mike Crimmins discuss variability and timing of monsoon precipitation and why frequent and sustained moisture might matter more than heavy infrequent rains (for drought, especially)

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.