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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July 30, 2014
CLIMAS

CLIMAS climate scientist Zack Guido and Mohammed Mahmoud, planning analyst with the Colorado River Programs department at the Central Arizona Project (CAP), discuss the CAP and its role in delivering Colorado River water throughout Arizona, as well as how a shortage would impact the CAP system.

July 30, 2014
Lo Que Pasa

Joellen Russell, an associate professor of geosciences, is one of three UA faculty members to be recognized as 1885 Distinguished Scholars this year.

July 24, 2014
The Huffington Post

We should consider the possibility that climate change can fuel cooperation and not necessarily conflict, as many experts and policymakers have posited, UA researcher Diana Liverman writes in an op-ed.

July 24, 2014
CLIMAS

In the July Southwest Climate Podcast, CLIMAS climate scientists Zack Guido and Mike Crimmins talk about the solid start to the monsoon, and seemingly inevitable monsoon breaks (like we just experienced). They also discuss the "inevitability" of this fickle El Niño event.

July 22, 2014
UANews

The size and age of plants have more of an impact on their productivity than temperature and precipitation, according to a landmark study by UA professor Brian Enquist and postdoctoral researcher Sean Michaletz. The results have important implications for climate change models.

July 22, 2014
CLIMAS

In this episode, the second in the 1075' – Shortage on the Colorado River series, UA experts Bonnie Colby, George Frisvold, and Kiyomi Morino discuss water supply and demand in the Colorado River Basin. This podcast explores stressors on the basin, how these stressors may change over time, and how these changes may affect management and behaviors across the Southwest.

July 21, 2014
The New York Times

Arizona saw its third warmest June on record, and with forecasts pointing to the likelihood of an El Niño developing, global temperatures could be above-average, says UA climate scientist Jonathan Overpeck.

July 17, 2014
UANews

Using bacteria as bait, UA scientists caught wild ocean viruses and found that the genetic lines between virus types in nature are less blurred than previously thought.

July 17, 2014
CLIMAS

Forecasts point to above-average precipitation for Arizona and New Mexico over the next three months, which could bring much needed relief for drought conditions in the Southwest.

July 15, 2014
CLIMAS

1075’: Shortage on the Colorado River is a new CLIMAS podcast series that explores what the first ever shortage declaration on the Colorado River would mean to those living in the Southwest.