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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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October 23, 2014

UA researchers discuss the 2014 monsoon, focusing on the influence of tropical storm systems, record and near-record precipitation events, monsoon intensity and duration, and the ever-present promise of El Niño.

October 22, 2014

Ellen McMahon grew up in a home where science and art often collided — and is both an artist and a biologist. Now she wants her UA students to be environmentally sensitive and to see the difference their work can make.

October 22, 2014

Scott Saleska's research, recently published in Nature, revealed that soil microbes have a significant effect on global climate change.

October 20, 2014

University of Arizona's Willem van Leeuwen will be working on a multi-institutional research project looking into how to slow the decreasing resilience of grasslands due to encroaching woody shrubs.

October 16, 2014

With the continuing prospect of a weak El Niño materializing later this fall, longer-term and seasonal outlooks forecast an increased probability of wetter and colder-than-average conditions. Short-term outlooks indicate an increased probability of above-average temperatures and below-average precipitation for the next few weeks.

October 16, 2014
Arizona Daily Star

Diana Liverman's Downtown Lecture Series revealed the greener of household pets!

October 15, 2014
Lo Que Pasa

Diana Liverman, co-director of the UA's Institute of the Environment, will kick off the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences' Downtown Lecture Series on food tonight, talking about how climate change affects the global food system and vice versa.

October 14, 2014
NY Times

UA Regents' Professor Robert Glennon is quoted in this NY Times article on the economics of water in the face of drought and climate change.

October 14, 2014
Science 2.0

Brian Enquist discusses his research in the Amazon rainforest in seeing why the biodiversity in tropical ecosystems are so much high than anywhere else in the world.

October 13, 2014
Arizona Republic

Maricopa County has received record numbers of calls about mosquitoes since the first of several storms hit in early September, triggering ideal breeding conditions for the insects. Since the first storm in early September, the county has received 6,000 complaints, said UA entomologist Dawn Gouge. Outbreaks of a virus, chikungunya, recently have been reported in the Caribbean, and travelers have brought it to Arizona and throughout the United States, according to Gouge.