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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.
September 12, 2013
Institute of the Environment
CLIMAS Director Dan Ferguson leads an investigation into providing more effective information for the Hopi Tribe’s drought monitoring system after receiving a $200,000 grant.
September 9, 2013
A study projects how climate change may affect virus-carrying mosquitoes across the southern U.S. Changes are expected to vary with region, and the southern states should see a trend toward longer seasons of mosquito activity and smaller midsummer mosquito populations.
August 30, 2013
This past summer, a group of eight international collaborators went on an unconventional 20-day road trip in a project called Shuttle: mobile desert performance.
August 15, 2013
UA wild cat expert Lisa Haynes shares pointers on what to do and what not to do if you ever find yourself face-to-face with a mountain lion. First and foremost, she says, do not run. Rather you should stand your ground, maintain eye contact with the cat and try to appear as large as possible.
August 14, 2013
Comparing plant communities today with a survey taken 50 years ago, a UA-led research team is providing the first on-the-ground evidence for Southwestern plants being pushed to higher elevations by an increasingly warmer and drier climate.
August 5, 2013
Trees share remarkably similar architecture based on fundamental principles, UA ecologists have discovered.
August 4, 2013
Arizona Daily Wildcat
A UA researcher has determined that the rate of future climate change will drastically exceed many animal species ability to adapt.
August 2, 2013
Xeriscaping, reclaimed water, and rebates are among the water saving measures in Tucson.
August 1, 2013
The National Institute of Health recently gave a team of researchers at the UA 2.3 million dollars to track populations of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, known to carry a virus that causes dengue. Dengue can cause high fever, joint pain, severe eye pain and even death.
July 31, 2013
Funded through a $250,000 grant from the Arizona Public Service Foundation to enhance STEM education across the state, 50 teachers from elementary and middle schools across Arizona are spending part of their summer immersed as researchers at UA’s Biosphere 2, involved with activities and technologies they can directly apply in their classrooms.