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Recent News

A sub-alpine forest in Colorado. Forests in the southwestern U.S. are expected to be among the hardest hit, according to the projections resulting from the study. (Photo: Sydne Record)

Study: North American Forests Aren't Saviors From Climate Change

July 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.

Driven by the concern that most land is under some form of human use or occupation, the scientists participating in SPARC want to take advantage of what they call the closing window of opportunity to influence the placement of future land purchases and conservation efforts. The photo shows a herd in Botswana at sunset. (Photo: Conservation International)

UA Part of 'A-Team' to Reduce Climate Change Extinctions

July 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.

State of the Environment, 2015 - 2016

June 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.