Study: North American Forests Aren't Saviors From Climate ChangeJuly 20, 2016
An unprecedented, UA-led study, combining projections of future climate with more than 2 million tree-ring records spanning all of North America, has resulted in detailed forecast maps for the continent that reveal how forest growth will be impacted by climate change.
UA Part of 'A-Team' to Reduce Climate Change ExtinctionsJuly 14, 2016
An international team of researchers is enlisting supercomputing to help better predict where plants and animals might end up under the effects of climate change. The project will model climate change-related shifts of species and ecosystems to suggest placement of protected areas for the future.
UA Researchers Take a Closer Look at the Future of DesalinationJuly 7, 2016
As binational desalination plants are being considered as a strategy to combat water scarcity, scientists delve into the environmental, political and social impacts.
State of the Environment, 2015 - 2016June 30, 2016
by Diana Liverman and Jonathan Overpeck, Co-Directors, Institute of the Environment
This past year had its share of environmental challenges—from dashed hopes for abundant rain and snowfall in the Southwest to historic low levels in Lake Mead and record-breaking temperatures across the globe.
Closer to home, unprecedented drought continues in both California and the Colorado River Basin. Sixteen years of warmer-than-normal temperatures and near-average snowfall have led to big reductions in Colorado River flow and plunging levels in Lake Mead and Lake Powell, the nation’s two largest reservoirs. We now sit on the edge of the first-ever official Colorado River water shortage, an event that will disproportionately impact Arizona, six other states, and Mexico if it comes to pass.