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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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May 6, 2014
The Los Angeles Times

UA's Gregg Garfin explains the newly released National Climate Assessment's implications for the Southwest.

May 6, 2014
The Institute of the Environment

University of Arizona researchers played a significant role in a new climate change assessment, released today by the White House and the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), that informs U.S. citizens, communities, and businesses on the science of climate change, observed and projected changes, and impacts across the country.   

April 28, 2014

UA professor Barron Orr has won the prestigious Marie Curie Actions International Incoming Fellowship.

April 22, 2014
The Atlantic

Diana Liverman and Amy Glasmeier weigh in on the effects that climate change will have on people and places economically. 

April 21, 2014

Kate Palmer Albers and Anne Noble discuss the Antarctic, photography, and concepts of wilderness in a cross-post with Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built + Natural Environments.

April 17, 2014

Moderate or more severe drought covers about 89 and 97 percent of Arizona and New Mexico, respectively, and forecasters call for equal chances of above-average, below-average, or average rainfall in the next few months in most of the Southwest.

April 16, 2014
Years of Living Dangerously

Forest fire ecologist Thomas W. Swetnam, director of the UA Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, is featured on the Showtime documentary, “Fire Line,” this Sunday, April 20.


The program, with Arnold Schwarzenegger as correspondent, will begin airing at 7 p.m. Tucson time, various times after and will also be available on demand.  Check your local Showtime listings.


A clip of the “Fire Line” program with Swetnam can be seen here:

Years of Living Dangerously Season 1: Episode 2 Clip - Tree-Rings



 This show is part of a multi-episode documentary series about climate change called "Years of Living Dangerously,” which began Sunday, April 13.


Information about show times is here:



Information about the series and how to see the first episode is here:



You can read more about Tom Swetnam, and the work of The Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research here.

April 10, 2014

Diana Liverman, co-director of the UA’s Institute of the Environment and Regents’ Professor in the School of Geography and Development, has received a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship to help identify solutions that eliminate poverty, reduce emissions and help people adapt to climate change.

April 9, 2014

Homeowners install solar panels for a variety of reasons, UA professor Adam Douglas Henry is collaboarting with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to study what truly motivates them to go green.

April 7, 2014
Arizona Daily Star

Jonathan Overpeack, Institute of the Environment's founding co-director, gives an in-depth look at the recently released IPCC report.