Southwest Climate Outlook December 2017

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

<p>November precipitation was below average across most of Arizona, with record-dry conditions in the western third of the state. Above-average temperatures and below-normal precipitation are reflected in the expanding areas of drought designation, with both Arizona and New Mexico seeing increases in extent and intensity of drought. The three-month outlook for January through March calls for increased chances of below-average precipitation for all of Arizona and New Mexico, and increased chances of above-average temperatures for the entire southwestern United States.</p>

Report Hails Tucson's Excellence in Food Diversity, Access

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

<p>A new report on the state of Tucson’s food system, produced by the UA Center for Regional Food Studies, shows that Tucson is one of the top U.S. cities in its high diversity of edible plants affordably accessed, grown and eaten as a means to reduce food insecurity.The new director of the Center for Regional Food Studies Megan Carney says, "Biodiversity is a matter of social justice. Without concerted efforts to preserve and cultivate biodiversity, our food system will be monopolized by private interests. At stake here is not only the health and resilience of our ecosystem, but that of our own population as well."</p>


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