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former co-director of the Institute of the Environment!

Diana Liverman Elected to National Academy of Sciences and American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Regents Professor Diana Liverman, who studies the human dimensions of global environmental change, was elected to two of the nation's oldest and most prestigious honorary societies. READ MORE

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Guide to the Arizona monsoon: Dust storms, lightning and safety tips for first-timers

You breezed through your first winter — we know, 75 degrees and sunny in January was tough — but you did it. You really liked spring, when you were able to get outside, and even though it's starting to get a little toasty now you're thinking you can handle summer. Because, really, how much hotter can it get?

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UArizona Researchers Collaborate with TEP to Meet Reduction Goals

UArizona researchers Andrea Gerlak, with the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy and the School of Geography, Development and Environment, and Ben McMahan, with Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS) and the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology (BARA), led a project with Tucson Electric Power (TEP) to set science-based greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets for their 2020 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP).   Electric utilities across the U.S. are setting goals for GHG emissions reduction as part of international agreements, such as the Paris Climate Agreement, and in recognition of the need to address carbon emissions in the energy sector. During this project, the UArizona team analyzed how electric utilities set emissions reduction targets in phase 1, and adapted a carbon budget and cumulative emissions framework to assess the expected warming for TEP’s resource portfolios in phase 2.   The team presented results at TEP’s public workshop in May, and their phase 2 report was included in TEP’s 2020 Integrated Resource Plan. The methods, assumptions, and results are available on a public GitHub repository. Their work highlighted the importance of the timing and the intensity of emissions reductions, and helped inform TEP’s preferred portfolio, which highlighted an 80% reduction in emissions by 2035, along with phased elimination of coal and increased use of renewable energy.   ______________________________________________________ Learn more about this project on the CLIMAS website.   Read about the team’s results presented at TEP’s May 20th workshop and TEP’s plan to end coal use and increase renewable energy use.

How to deal with monsoon season in Arizona

Coming to Tucson as an incoming University of Arizona freshman or transfer student means it is safe to say you will most likely not have to deal with your homework getting sucked up by a tornado, your dorm collapsing from a magnitude 8 earthquake or your Uber getting swept away by a tsunami on its way to pick you up.

Science Is Collateral Damage Across the Trump Administration

The White House last week ordered hospitals to stop sending coronavirus-related data to a publicly available database at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, prompting confusion and concern among public health professionals. The administration simultaneously announced plans to set up a new system that officials say will also be open and searchable and help agencies more nimbly direct resources where they’re most needed. Yet scientists detected in the chaos evidence of a more worrisome pattern.


Blackened runoff seen in Tucson-area wash may be just the beginning, flood experts warn

A mess of black gunk, ash, tree limbs and brush appeared out of nowhere in the Cañada del Oro Wednesday evening near Catalina, oozing downstream a few miles north of Oro Valley.

Charrovida reopens with plant-based menu, philosophy

The pandemic has given some businesses, including Carlotta Flores’s year-old Charrovida restaurant on the northwest side, time to rethink their game plan.

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