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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.
October 28, 2013
Two UA researchers have contributed to a special issue of a scientific journal dedicated entirely to the impacts of climate change on indigenous communities. While tribal communities are especially vulnerable to climate change, they also have unique strengths that make them resilient, researchers say.
October 23, 2013
A new building under construction at the UA is designed to be an eco-friendly space where environmental researchers can come together to collaborate. The Environment and Natural Resources 2 building has the potential to become one of the "greenest" buildings on campus, with features like shaded outdoor meeting spaces and a chilled-beam air conditioning system.
October 18, 2013
Mrs. Green's World
Jim Buizer, deputy director for climate adaptation and international development at the UA’s Institute of the Environment, discusses climate change, its economic and societal effects, and public policy on climate action and sustainability.
October 18, 2013
Green Fire Times
The UA's Jonathan Overpeck provides some key lessons that he sees emerging from the hardships of our current drought in an article in Green Fire Times. What's ahead? More drought, hotter drought, and some interspersed, increasingly rare, wet years. If you don't like this idea, then Overpeck suggests joining the conversation about what to do, because the problem "is fixable, and the fixes will likely mean more jobs in the sunshine--and wind-rich Southwest."
October 14, 2013
UA undergraduate researcher Sarah Schwenck and postdoctoral associate Jennifer Brum are investigating phages, viruses that infect bacteria, to understand how portions of the world's oceans function without oxygen.
October 14, 2013
European Geosciences Union
Dr. Hoshin Gupta has been recognized by the EGU for his outstanding contributions to his field. The John Daltion Medal is the highest award that the EGU Hydrology Division confers.
October 11, 2013
Utah Public Radio
UA climate expert Gregg Garfin discusses climate change and its potential impacts on air quality and health in the future.
October 10, 2013
Russell K. Monson, professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ School of Natural Resources and the Environment, is among 62 individuals who have been elected as 2013 AGU Fellows.
October 9, 2013
Arizona Daily Star
Olive oil produced from trees on the UA campus will be served in campus eateries and sold in the UA BookStore. Mesquite and citrus trees also are being harvested. Melanie Lenart, an adjunct professor in the soil, water and environmental science department, says the UA has seen a boom in green projects, including rainwater harvesting, composting and solar energy use.
October 7, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Thomas Swetnam, director of the UA Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, co-authored a paper in the journal Science that calls for the increased use of managed burns to reduce fuel levels in the West's forests. The authors warn that climate change is leaving the forests more vulnerable to large, high-severity wildfires.