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Recent News

Helping Vulnerable Southwestern Communities Adapt to Climate Change

May 27, 2015

By Shahrazad Encinias, Institute of the Environment

The Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions (CCASS) launched an initiative in the fall of 2014 to help Hispanic and Native American communities in the U.S. Southwest understand and adapt to climate change.

Climate Conversations is a series of discussions involving more than 75 community leaders to date. The conversations are centered on concerns about how climate change will affect water resources, health, emergency management, agriculture, land management, and traditional practices in more vulnerable populations in southern Arizona and Mexico and how to best prepare for those impacts.

“These conversations are guiding our efforts to engage these communities in discussions about preparing for climate change impacts,” said CCASS Director Kathy Jacobs.

Southwest Climate Outlook May 2015

May 21, 2015

In the past 30 days, most of New Mexico and much of central Arizona recorded well above-average precipitation (Fig. 1). Climatologically, this is one of the drier times of year for the Southwest, so any substantive precipitation during this timeframe is generally unexpected but welcome, as it helps tamp down fire risk.

Post-doc Marc Verhougstraete dilutes environmental samples containing microorganisms.

United UA Researchers Battle Germs to Improve Public Health

May 19, 2015

By Shahrazad Encinias, Institute of the Environment

You can’t see them, but they are there. Microbial pathogens—a fancy way of saying germs—lurk on everything from elevator buttons to salad bar tongs, often finding their way into an unsuspecting host and wreaking health havoc.

To better prevent the diseases these bacteria and viruses cause, a collaborative team of researchers at the University of Arizona’s Environment, Exposure Science and Risk Assessment Center is integrating public health with environmental research to help businesses and communities assess where, when, and why people are likely to be exposed.