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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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February 19, 2015

The seasonal outlook continues to predict above-average precipitation through the winter and into spring for most of the Southwest. Temperature forecasts remain split across the region, with elevated chances for above-average temperatures along the West Coast and into Arizona and increased chances for below-average temperatures along the Gulf Coast into New Mexico.

February 12, 2015
Smithsonian Mag

A new study published in Science Advances predicts that carbon emissions could cause the worst droughts in 1000 years for the Southwest US and the Central Plains.

February 12, 2015
Arizona Daily Wildcat

The warmer temperatures of climate change are causing increases in disease-carrying microorganisms. Kelly Reynolds, a UA researcher and associate professor in the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, is developing a new method to measure the levels of waterborne pathogenic microbes.

February 12, 2015
Arizona Daily Star

On the Colorado River's Upper Basin, snowpack levels on Feb. 1 were only 79 percent of normal, down from 100 percent of normal on Jan. 1. In some parts of the West, there has been good precipitation. But because of unusually warm weather, it has fallen as rain instead of snow, hurting the snowpack that feeds California's rivers and reservoirs, said the UA's Michael Crimmins, a specialist in soil, water and environmental science.

February 11, 2015

Eric Magrane sits down with Ofelia Zepeda and Larry Evers to speak about The Poetics and Politics of Water, a reading series this spring at the University of Arizona Poetry Center. The series, featuring four American Indian poets, begins Thursday, February 12, at 7 p.m., with a reading by Sherwin Bitsui, and continues through April 2.

February 10, 2015
Arizona Daily Star

There are rules and principles that govern evolution, said Brian Enquist, the UA professor of ecology and evolutionary biology who gave Monday's lecture in the UA's "Life in the Universe" series. Enquist proposed an either/or choice to the audience in his title, "Life on Earth: By Chance or by Law?" Did the path of evolution arise from "multiple events that are essentially unpredictable" or is life "organized by a set of general rules and principles"? Enquist said evolution followed the rules, interrupted by chance historical happenings such as five mass extinctions.

February 7, 2015
Arizona Daily Star

The UA's "Life in the Universe" lecture series moves this week from cosmological mysteries to the unanswered questions about how life on Earth evolved. The audiences for the lecture series already have heard from an astronomer and a planetary scientist. Now the biologists take over, starting with Brian Enquist, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology.

February 7, 2015
Arizona Daily Star

According to government flood hazard maps, residents of the 66-home Sonoran Vista subdivision in Marana live outside the 100-year flood plain, town officials say. But because of changes in the landscape wrought by the Santa Cruz's 2014 flood, they may be in the flood plain now, says UA hydrologist Victor Baker, who has studied flooding issues extensively.

February 5, 2015
Arizona Daily Wildcat

The Strategic Planning and Budget Advisory Committee met on Wednesday to focus on the global advancement of the UA. The committee is putting on a series of presentations on sustainability, diversity and global initiatives. Mike Proctor, the UA's vice president of global initiatives, talked about the current relationships the University has around the world and how to maintain them.

February 4, 2015
Pacific Standard

It's time to stop focusing on population growth as the cause of our environmental problems. It’s not the main culprit, and the women of the world are already doing all they can to slow it. They just need more support.