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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 24, 2014

UA scientists are playing a key role in an unprecedented effort to save the monarch, America's most iconic butterfly. Their recovery plan uses computer simulations to guide habitat restoration along the migration route, which stretches from the Great Plains to Mexico.

June 20, 2014
Arizona Alumni Magazine

UA researcher Esther Sternberg believes that the health of our environment is closely linked to our personal health and well-being.

June 20, 2014

Numerous climate models forecast an increased chance for wetter-than-average conditions during the monsoon for Arizona and New Mexico.

June 19, 2014
Los Angeles Times

UA researcher Victor Baker studies ancient water levels and finds evidence of epic floods along the Colorado River.

June 18, 2014

CLIMAS climate scientists Zack Guido and Mike Crimmins discuss the ongoing drought conditions, the recent slowdown of a seemingly inevitable El Niño event, and potential impacts of a climate collision between the El Niño and the monsoon.

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.