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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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November 29, 2014

Sharon Megdal, director of the UA's Water Resources Research Center, visited Israel for a conference and discusses how limited water resources should be managed in arid areas such as Israel and Arizona.

November 29, 2014
Yuma Sun

Researchers are asking Yuma residents for help in solving a whodunit: Who transplanted the bushy-tailed squirrels found scurrying among the trees throughout the eastern U.S. to some neighborhoods on the city's west side? John Koprowski, a UA wildlife and fisheries professor, said the eastern fox squirrel has not appeared in the wild anywhere else in Arizona.

November 28, 2014
Climate Central

The Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observations and Modeling (SOCCOM) project, led by UA's Joellen Russell will be studying the Southern Ocean's cycle using robotic floats.

November 26, 2014
Science News

The 1934 drought and consequential "Dust Bowl" should serve as a warning of the potential devastating effects that the current drought may cause, says Jonathan Overpeck.

November 26, 2014

Dave Meko at the Laboratory of Tree Ring Research talks about the damages of past and future droughts.

November 26, 2014

UA researchers discuss the warm fall weather in the Southwest, the transition to winter weather patterns, the ongoing uncertainty of El Niño forecasts, a recap of El Niño conditions and definitions, and the possibility of interaction between El Niño conditions and weather patterns in the southwest looking forward.

November 25, 2014
Popular Science

Jeffrey Kargel, principal investiator of the Global Land Ice Measurements from Space (GLIMS) project confirms that the world's glaciers are retreating. 

November 24, 2014

Mike Crimmins talks about the expected El Nino that could potentially relieve drought stress in the Southwest later this year.

November 21, 2014

Research scientist Gigi Owen's current project looks at the impact of food, water and energy sources, especially for those who already use assistance programs in order to pay for those resources. "Climate changes are happening and they have very long, lasting impacts," says Owen, who works for the Climate Assessment of the Southwest housed at the UA and funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. She and her fellow scientists hope to inform local and state government on climate-change decisions. (This is the latest installment in a KGUN-TV series on UA researchers.)

November 20, 2014

The latest outlooks indicate a 70-75 percent chance that an El Niño event will develop this winter. Forecasts call for elevated chances for above-average precipitation through the winter and into early spring.