Improving Livelihoods, One Forecast at a TimeJune 28, 2016
One unexpected rainfall or flood can wipe out an entire family farm in Bihar, India, where climate and poverty are inextricably linked. In an experimental initiative, researchers based in the UA’s Institute of the Environment and Columbia University are working with Jeevika, an international effort to empower Indian women, to provide Bihari farmers with climate forecasts and advisories they need for managing risk to their livelihoods and maximizing crop productivity.
UA Student Named a National Geographic Emerging ExplorerJune 28, 2016
Half a world away, in her native Zambia, UA graduate student and lion biologist Thandiwe Mweetwa is helping preserve the country’s population of big cats. In a nod to her work, the National Geographic Society selected her to be part of its 2016 class of Emerging Explorers, a program that recognizes gifted and inspiring scientists, conservationists, and innovators who are at the forefront of discovery and global problem solving.
When Community CallsJune 28, 2016
When questions began pouring in after the Gold King Mine spill in Colorado in November 2015, Karletta Chief was there to find answers. A member of the Navajo Nation and UA an extension specialist, Chief was awarded more than $1 million to collect samples from the Animas River, which was flooded with more than three million gallons of toxic waste. Chief and her team will monitor the long-term effects on the Navajo farming families that depend on the river for irrigation.
From Tucson to Paris for Global Well-beingJune 28, 2016
Last winter, University of Arizona faculty, researchers, and students joined delegates from around the world at a high-stakes climate change conference in Paris. As countries worked to make meaningful reductions in worldwide carbon emissions, the UA delegation shared expertise, research, and hope.
In Tribal Communities, Climate Resilience Begins with ChoiceJune 28, 2016
For Carson-Haury Fellow Tommy Jones, developing renewable energy on Native lands is more than an abstract goal. It’s fundamental to changing the lives of some 15 percent of Native Americans who live without access to basic utilities such as water and electricity—and it’s deeply personal.