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.

Latest Updates

April 16, 2014
Years of Living Dangerously

Forest fire ecologist Thomas W. Swetnam, director of the UA Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, is featured on the Showtime documentary, “Fire Line,” this Sunday, April 20.


The program, with Arnold Schwarzenegger as correspondent, will begin airing at 7 p.m. Tucson time, various times after and will also be available on demand.  Check your local Showtime listings.


A clip of the “Fire Line” program with Swetnam can be seen here:

Years of Living Dangerously Season 1: Episode 2 Clip - Tree-Rings


 This show is part of a multi-episode documentary series about climate change called "Years of Living Dangerously,” which began Sunday, April 13.


Information about show times is here:


Information about the series and how to see the first episode is here:


You can read more about Tom Swetnam, and the work of The Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research here.

April 10, 2014

Diana Liverman, co-director of the UA’s Institute of the Environment and Regents’ Professor in the School of Geography and Development, has received a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship to help identify solutions that eliminate poverty, reduce emissions and help people adapt to climate change.

April 9, 2014

Homeowners install solar panels for a variety of reasons, UA professor Adam Douglas Henry is collaboarting with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to study what truly motivates them to go green.

April 7, 2014
Arizona Daily Star

Jonathan Overpeack, Institute of the Environment's founding co-director, gives an in-depth look at the recently released IPCC report.

April 6, 2014
Arizona Daily Star

CLIMAS held a Q&A session with four major UA climate scientists with regards to the recently released IPCC report, Arizona Daily Star hosts the transcript of the session.

April 3, 2014

Mary C. Stiner and Jonathan T. Overpeck now carry the title, which is held by no more than 3 percent of the University's tenured and tenure-track faculty.

March 31, 2014

UANews reporter Daniel Stolte takes a dip into Biosphere 2's Desert Ocean.

March 30, 2014
The Washington Post

University of Arizona climate scientist Jonathan Overpeck recently returned from Yokohama, Japan after working on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working Group II Report, released this past Sunday.  The report warns against the already seen impacts of climate change and urges action from policymakers and business leaders. 

March 25, 2014
Arizona Public Media

The University of Arizona's new Center for Climate Adaptation Sciences and Solutions is dedicated to finding solutions to impending, and possibly drastic, climate changes that will affect the way we live our lives today.  CCASS' director Kathy Jacobs talks to Arizona Public Media on what sort of research is being conducted that will help us survive in a more stable future with climate change. 

March 24, 2014

University of Arizona research scientists are working together with a binational team to monitor the effects of an engineered spring flood in the Colorado River delta.