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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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December 7, 2014
Institute of the Environment

Diana Liverman, co-director of the Institute of the Environment, is the recipient of the 2015 Carl O. Sauer Distinguished Scholarship Award for her significant contributions to environmental scholarship in Latin America.

December 7, 2014
The Daily Wildcat

The Center for Climate Change Adaptation Science and Solutions at the UA is fighting for more education on man-made climate change. The National Climate Assessment conducted in 2014 was a collaboration with the U.S. Global Change Research Program. Francina Dominguez, an assistant professor in the atmospheric sciences department at the UA, said that not everyone is versed in climate change terminology.

December 6, 2014
Arizona Daily Star

Non-native pine trees have been felled all over Tucson this year, and the invading pine bark beetle is being blamed. Numerous studies have linked climate change to the rise of bark beetles and forest tree die-offs. While it's difficult to link a specific die-off to climate change, it's likely that more will occur as the weather gets hotter and drier, said David Breshears, a UA ecologist and natural resources professor.

December 5, 2014
Institute of the Environment

Through greater reliance on renewable power and energy efficiency measures already required under the state’s progressive energy laws, Arizona can achieve mandatory emissions reduction targets more easily and cheaply than federal guidelines anticipate, according to a group of University of Arizona researchers.

December 3, 2014

Thomas W. Swetnam, director of the UA's Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

December 1, 2014

Approximately one-third of the country is in at least a moderate state of drought, and UA professor Robert Glennon says current levels of consumption can't continue.

November 30, 2014
The Daily Courier

Tucson did not get enough rain last summer to lift it out of a drought. However, "we haven't reached the level of drought that would restrict water usage in Tucson," said Susanna Eden, assistant director for the UA Water Resources Research Center.

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.