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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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March 20, 2015
Inside Tucson Business

IE-affiliated faculty member Jeff Burgess has been recognized for outstanding reseach in an area of toxicological concern. 

March 19, 2015

 Forecasters are calling for above-average precipitation this spring for most of the Southwest, and experts have declared that an El Niño event officially has developed.

March 9, 2015

Mary Robinson will talk about the connection between climate change and human rights at Centennial Hall.

March 9, 2015

UA researchers discuss Southwest climate, including winter precipitation, snowpack, and temperature reports for the year thus far. They also talk jetstream, polar vortex, and digging troughs as it pertains to southwestern weather patterns.  

March 5, 2015
Arizona Public Media

Tucson temperatures for the last three months averaged about 57 degrees, the second-warmest winter on record, a National Weather Service official said Tuesday. Last year's winter was the warmest. Mike Leuthold, research meteorologist at the UA, said the warm nights are caused by higher-than-normal temperatures in the Pacific.

March 5, 2015
International Research Institute for Climate and Society

In 2013, the International Research Institute for Climate and Society teamed up with the University of Arizona to help regions of the world that are most vulnerable to climate variability and change. Here’s a look at what has been accomplished so far.

February 27, 2015
The Arizona Republic

UA geosciences professor Connie Woodhouse co-authored a 2010 study using regional tree rings from an unusually long and hot medieval drought to project that each increase of a degree Celsius results in a decrease in Colorado River flows of between 2 percent and 8 percent. The medieval drought, in its worst decade, baked the river down to about two-thirds of what the U.S. and Mexico draw out of it today. The drought lasted 60 years, but it was not as hot as today. So it seems that the next time, the river will be even drier.

February 25, 2015

Six professors have been recognized as UA's Pillars of Excellence, including the founding co-director of the Institute of the Environment, Johnathan Overpeck, and affliated faculty member Andrew Cohen.

February 24, 2015

A four-inch increase in sea levels from New York to Newfoundland occurred in 2009 and 2010 because ocean circulation changed, reports a UA-led team of geoscientists.

A four-inch increase in sea levels from New York to Newfoundland occurred in 2009 and 2010 because ocean circulation changed, reports a UA-led team of geoscientists.

February 22, 2015
Arizona Daily Star

Following national trends, greenhouse gas emissions linked to climate change continue to drop in metro Tucson, a government report shows. The region's weak economy clearly is playing a role in the decline, according to the UA's Derek Lemoine, an assistant professor who specializes in energy and environmental economics. Recent signs of a shift to solar energy and to natural gas from coal burning for electricity also have made a difference.