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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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July 22, 2014
UANews

The size and age of plants have more of an impact on their productivity than temperature and precipitation, according to a landmark study by UA professor Brian Enquist and postdoctoral researcher Sean Michaletz. The results have important implications for climate change models.

July 22, 2014
CLIMAS

In this episode, the second in the 1075' – Shortage on the Colorado River series, UA experts Bonnie Colby, George Frisvold, and Kiyomi Morino discuss water supply and demand in the Colorado River Basin. This podcast explores stressors on the basin, how these stressors may change over time, and how these changes may affect management and behaviors across the Southwest.

July 21, 2014
The New York Times

Arizona saw its third warmest June on record, and with forecasts pointing to the likelihood of an El Niño developing, global temperatures could be above-average, says UA climate scientist Jonathan Overpeck.

July 17, 2014
UANews

Using bacteria as bait, UA scientists caught wild ocean viruses and found that the genetic lines between virus types in nature are less blurred than previously thought.

July 17, 2014
CLIMAS

Forecasts point to above-average precipitation for Arizona and New Mexico over the next three months, which could bring much needed relief for drought conditions in the Southwest.

July 15, 2014
CLIMAS

1075’: Shortage on the Colorado River is a new CLIMAS podcast series that explores what the first ever shortage declaration on the Colorado River would mean to those living in the Southwest. 

July 10, 2014
UANews

Through blogs, videos, photo essays and other online content, the students and faculty in the UA's Public Political Ecology Lab are sharing political ecology research directly with the public.

July 7, 2014
UANews

As part of a research project in the UA College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture, students developed sustainable infrastructure designs for key cities along the proposed Interstate 11, including features like solar panels and water harvesting.

July 1, 2014
UANews

New research by the University of Washington and the UA shows that background odors can interfere with pollinators’ ability to find flowers.

June 30, 2014
UANews

A combination of drought conditions, high winds and high temperatures means the potential for an intense fire season, UA fire expert Gregg Garfin says in this guest blog.