When Community Calls
When questions began pouring in after the Gold King Mine spill in Colorado in November 2015, Karletta Chief was there to find answers. A member of the Navajo Nation and UA an extension specialist, Chief was awarded more than $1 million to collect samples from the Animas River, which was flooded with more than three million gallons of toxic waste. Chief and her team will monitor the long-term effects on the Navajo farming families that depend on the river for irrigation.
Improving Livelihoods, One Forecast at a Time
One unexpected rainfall or flood can wipe out an entire family farm in Bihar, India, where climate and poverty are inextricably linked. In an experimental initiative, researchers based in the UA’s Institute of the Environment and Columbia University are working with Jeevika, an international effort to empower Indian women, to provide Bihari farmers with climate forecasts and advisories they need for managing risk to their livelihoods and maximizing crop productivity.
BRACE Yourself for Changing Mosquito Seasons
The buzz around standing water in Arizona backyards could be hazardous to your health, and climate researchers at the UA are out to help state residents prepare for the threat. A team of scientists, including the UA’s Heidi Brown, an international expert in mosquito-borne disease, are creating a map that will help the public, health care professionals, and government agencies pinpoint locations around the state that are at high risk for disease in the face of rising temperatures.
When Art and Science Flow Together
Now in its fourth year, the University of Arizona’s Arts, Environment & Humanities Network attracts individuals from across the University and community who share two key things: a concern for the environment and a creative approach to understanding the world.
In Tribal Communities, Climate Resilience Begins with Choice
For Carson-Haury Fellow Tommy Jones, developing renewable energy on Native lands is more than an abstract goal. It’s fundamental to changing the lives of some 15 percent of Native Americans who live without access to basic utilities such as water and electricity—and it’s deeply personal.