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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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October 13, 2014

With Humanities Week in the spotlight, the UA professor has published a collection of essays exploring the bond between people and planet.

October 8, 2014
Mudlark Flash

Christopher Cokinos, director of UA's creative writing program, writes of the 21st-century nature poem.

October 7, 2014
Huffington Post Green

Squeezed by drought, U.S. consumers and Western farmers have begun to pay more for water. But the increases do not come close to addressing the fundamental price paradox in a country that uses more water than any other in the world while generally paying less for it. Concerns over both quality and quantity make agriculture an increasingly important part of the conversation about how we value and price water, says UA law professor Robert Glennon.

October 6, 2014

A new look at one of ecology’s unsolved puzzles — why biodiversity is higher in the tropics compared with colder regions — brought some unexpected revelations.

October 2, 2014
Arizona Public Media

Gregg Garfin discusses climate change findings from the National Climate Assessment and what increased temperatures mean for public health in the Southwest.

October 2, 2014

Carl Bauer discusses the overusage of precious groundwater supplies in Chile to supply wintertime avocados.

September 30, 2014
News Medical

Solving global challenges in food security, emerging diseases and biodiversity loss requires evolutionary thinking, argues a study published online in Science Express that was co-authored by Bruce Tabashnik of the UA's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The study finds an urgent need for better implementation of evolutionary approaches — for example, to combat the problem of escalating resistance to antibiotics and pesticides.

September 30, 2014
Arizona Daily Star

CLIMAS and other climate scientists conclude that Tucson's 2014 official monsoon season was not unusual.

September 29, 2014

Scientists looking at 16 cases of wild weather around the world last year see the fingerprints of man-made global warming on more than half of them.

September 28, 2014
The Arizona Republic

Water scarcity is a major issue facing Arizonans and University of Arizona researchers warn of the potential dangers.