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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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June 17, 2014
The New York Times

UA water expert Sharon Megdal discusses the possibility of water cutbacks to Arizona municipalities as storage in Lake Mead, a Colorado River reservoir, falls.

June 15, 2014
The Desert Sun

UA climatologist Gregg Garfin discusses the necessity of contingency planning in the face of climate change and water shortages in the U.S. Southwest.

June 11, 2014
Arizona Alumni Magazine

As climate change marches on, the need for clean, safe water leads us to tougher challenges, bigger questions, and better answers.

June 5, 2014
Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Tom Swetnam, director of the UA Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, was interviewed by ABC Australia for this hour-long video report on wildfires and the growing number of mega-fires across the globe.

June 3, 2014

UA professor and geospatial extension specialist Barron Orr has been selected to participate on a new United Nations panel comprising the world’s top climate and arid lands scientists. The group's charge: to recommend sustainable international policies and practices to combat desertification.

June 3, 2014
Buckmaster Show

UA climate scientist Gregg Garfin, a lead author of the Southwest chapter in the recently released National Climate Assessment, discusses how future years will be even warmer than they are now in Tucson.

May 16, 2014

Much of the Southwest has received less than 50 percent of average precipitation since April 15, and forecasters point to high chances for above-average temperatures and above-normal fire potential in the coming months. 

May 9, 2014

Proximities features writing and artwork by Manzo’s fourth grade artist-scientists included in an exhibit at Biosphere 2.

May 8, 2014
Arizona Daily Star

Several UA researchers contributed to the recently released White House National Climate Assessment.

May 6, 2014
The Los Angeles Times

UA's Gregg Garfin explains the newly released National Climate Assessment's implications for the Southwest.