News

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 19, 2013
UANews

Kimberly Kelly, a doctoral student and senior research specialist in the UA School of Anthropology, discusses the environmental consequences of palm oil plantations

November 15, 2013
Arizona Daily Star

Dust storms on Interstate 10 near Picacho Peak  have proven deadly for motorists. UA researchers discuss the impact of vegetation in reducing blowing dust and the difficulty of revegetating irrigated desert land.

November 15, 2013
Proximities

Paul Bogard and Christopher Cokinos engage in a conversation on the night sky, light pollution, and art and environment in a cross-post with the blog at Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built + Natural Environments.

November 15, 2013
UANews

FireScape is a comprehensive effort to manage fires and ecosystems in Arizona's sky island region. The project brings together representatives from the UA, the U.S. Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service and other southeastern Arizona land managers.

November 15, 2013
Nature's Notebook

Spring of 2012 arrived remarkably early in much of the U.S... but what about 2013? What do those observations that you've been diligently collecting and reporting in your yard say about this year? How are scientists and decision-makers using these observations? View the Nature's Notebook 2013 results webinar video to learn more.

November 14, 2013
Arizona Daily Star

A UA-led research team is using lake deposit samples from Kenya and Ethiopia to determine what role climate change may have played in the evolution of humans and how it will affect humans in the future. Geosciences professor Andrew Cohen is the principal investigator on the Hominin Sites and Paleolakes Drilling Project, which includes more than 50 scientists from nine countries.

November 8, 2013
Science

In this week’s issue of the journal Science, an international group of researchers that includes the UA’s Diana Liverman calls for a new approach to climate preparedness to help people adapt to coming climate changes.

November 8, 2013
Arizona Public Media

Scientists from the UA are part of an international research team looking at how climate change is affecting trees in the Amazon rainforest, which produces an estimated 20 percent of the world's oxygen. UA plant ecologist Brian Enquist is the principal investigator for the project, which is funded in part by the National Science Foundation.

November 8, 2013
Environment and Sustainability Portal

Harold Fromm, a university associate in English and an affiliate of the Institute of the Environment at the University of Arizona, writes about his early years studying the field of ecocriticism in the introduction to “Ecocriticism at Twenty-five,” which appeared in the spring 2013 issue of Hudson Review.

November 7, 2013
UANews

UA sociology professor Brian Mayer, an expert on how communities rebound from large-scale disasters, is studying community resiliency in Maryland coastal areas devastated by Hurricane Sandy. His work, with Lynn Grattan from the University of Maryland, is part of an $8 million Health and Human Services project focused on long-term recovery.