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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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October 2, 2014

Carl Bauer discusses the overusage of precious groundwater supplies in Chile to supply wintertime avocados.

September 30, 2014
News Medical

Solving global challenges in food security, emerging diseases and biodiversity loss requires evolutionary thinking, argues a study published online in Science Express that was co-authored by Bruce Tabashnik of the UA's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The study finds an urgent need for better implementation of evolutionary approaches — for example, to combat the problem of escalating resistance to antibiotics and pesticides.

September 30, 2014
Arizona Daily Star

CLIMAS and other climate scientists conclude that Tucson's 2014 official monsoon season was not unusual.

September 29, 2014

Scientists looking at 16 cases of wild weather around the world last year see the fingerprints of man-made global warming on more than half of them.

September 28, 2014
The Arizona Republic

Water scarcity is a major issue facing Arizonans and University of Arizona researchers warn of the potential dangers.

September 23, 2014

Agnese Nelms Haury dedicated her life to the preservation and understanding of cultures, ecosystems and landscapes; human rights and international relations; the Southwest; and the challenges facing indigenous people. Her bequest of more than $50 million to the UA Foundation will create the UA Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice to fund prestigious faculty chairs, visiting fellowships, student scholarships, conferences, an international prize, lectures and events, and collaborative research.

September 23, 2014

Proximities reviews The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change, written by Yoram Bauman with illustrations by Grady Klein. Bauman, "the world's first and only stand-up economist," will perform at UA on September 29.

September 22, 2014

The University of Arizona will establish a program focused on environment, society and the Southwest thanks to a significant donation made to the University of Arizona Foundation for the benefit of the UA.

September 19, 2014
Arizona Daily Sun

Associate Director of the Water Resources Research Center Jean McLain and researchers from TGen and Virginia Tech are spearheading a project to look at wastewater in Flagstaff.

September 18, 2014
Around The O

University of Arizona's Scott Saleska has received $457,000 from the National Science Foundation along with researchers from Univesity of Oregon and University of California, Davis to study methane creation in Brazil's Amazon rainforest.