Monsoons that make deserts bloom are becoming more extreme and erratic thanks to climate change

These summer rainfalls have been vital to the U.S. Southwest ecosystem, but their unpredictability is growing.

Life on LEO: Plants to be Added to the Landscape Evolution Observatory at Biosphere 2

Surprisingly little is known about how rain moves through landscapes once it's on the ground. UArizona's Landscape Evolution Observatory is designed to provide answers. A $3.5 million grant will allow scientists to study the roles plants and microbes play in the process. 

UArizona Chemists Develop Flame Retardant Sulfur Plastics from Fossil Fuel Waste

The new material is flame retardant, unlike almost all other plastics on the market.

UArizona Partners on $10M USDA Grant to Expand Research on Growing Crops Under Solar Panels

The University of Arizona, which has conducted pioneering research on agrivoltaics, is part of a national team analyzing how growing crops under solar panels can best be implemented across the country.

Politics of vaccine, mask mandates complicate return to normal on college campuses

Millions of students returned to campus this fall for the in-person college experience, as the delta variant continues to impact parts of the U.S. Some schools have strict mandates for vaccination, testing and masking. In other places, that’s not an option. Hari Sreenivasan begins the latest in our “Rethinking College” series at two of America’s flagship universities.

Biosphere 2: The Once Infamous Live-In Terrarium Is Transforming Climate Research

Despite its controversial past, the quirky desert facility is becoming increasingly relevant as it turns 30

Climate change crises: An inevitable and irreversible problem

According to Wahid Bhat, climate change is the defining crisis of our time and it is happening even more quickly than we feared. But we are far from powerless in the face of this global threat. No corner of the globe is immune from the devastating consequences of climate change. Rising temperatures are fueling environmental degradation, natural disasters, weather extremes, food and water insecurity, economic disruption.