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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 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.

February 2, 2015
Arizona Daily Star

In a letter to the editor, Sharon Megdal, director of the UA's Water Resources Research Center, writes that the center would welcome a forum focused on Tucson and southern Arizona.

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.