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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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January 29, 2015
Institute of the Environment

Susanne Moser, a visiting fellow with the University of Arizona’s Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions (CCASS) will speak about successful adaptation to climate change on Feb. 6 at 3:30 p.m. in Harvill, room 404.

January 28, 2015
Arizona Daily Wildcat

Some energy experts have speculated that OPEC is intentionally driving down gas prices in order to make alternative fuel investments less attractive, says Anita D. Bhappu, associate professor at the UA's Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences. Bhappu says many economists assume that motorists saving on gasoline will spend that money in other ways, although consumer spending figures aren't showing that.

January 28, 2015

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced today that Interior’s Southwest Climate Science Center is awarding nearly $1.2 million to universities and other partners for research to guide managers of parks, refuges and other cultural and natural resources in planning how to help species and ecosystems adapt to climate change.

January 27, 2015

Two new efforts, each emphasizing community engagement and sustainability, have been launched as the result of an unusual collaborative event with the UA's Institute of the Environment and Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry.

January 23, 2015

Seasonal outlooks for the Southwest predict above-average precipitation through the winter and into early spring.

January 23, 2015

Andrew Cohen, a University Distinguished Professor of geosciences and ecology and evolutionary biology, and the leading authority in paleolimnology, explains what brought him to the UA.

January 22, 2015
The Arizona Republic

Neither rain nor snow nor even the presence of El Niño will provide relief any time soon from the drought Arizona is experiencing. Mike Crimmins, an associate professor and climate science extension specialist at the UA, said heavy rains have helped, but even that depends on what part of the state you're talking about. "We need good consistent rainfall from one season to the next," Crimmins said.

January 21, 2015

Researchers discuss the state of the climate in 2014, including the record year for Arizona and the near-record year for New Mexico. They also talk about weather systems that affected our most recent temperature and precipitation patterns, the ongoing uncertainty with El Niño, and the state of precipitation and drought in the Southwest.

January 16, 2015
USA Today

Federal scientists announce that 2014 was the hottest year on record, and human emissions of greenhouse gases are "causing the bulk of this warming" trend, says UA scientist Jonathan Overpeck.

January 14, 2015
The New York Times

The world's oceans are now rising far faster than they did in the past, a new study says. The current sea level rise rate, which started in 1990, is 2.5 times faster than it was from 1900 to 1990, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature. "The implications are troubling: Accelerated ocean warming, ice sheet collapse and sea level rise all point to more and more sea level rise in the future, perhaps at a faster rate than previously thought," said Jonathan Overpeck, co-director of the UA's Institute of the Environment.