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Research that Makes an Impact

Every day at the University of Arizona, scientists and researchers are working across a variety of disciplines to create change. Home to more than 70 world-class research centers, institutes, laboratories, networks and programs, our work towards a better world is widespread.

Natural and social science research by our own nationally and internationally renowned scientists and by those we support has honed public understanding of climate, climate change and climate adaptation, particularly in semi-arid regions such as Arizona. The work we do on campus and in the community has given policymakers and natural resource managers the information they need to make decisions that protect lives, health, economies and landscapes in the Sonoran Desert and beyond.

Environmental research

From local to international issues, natural sciences to social sciences, our research digs deeper to unearth solutions.

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From GreenFeed

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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Sustainable Spaces

Here at the University of Arizona, times are still very uncertain. Right now, it is as important as ever to stay home and help prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, there has never been a better time to focus on making your at-home workspace and study space truly feel like your own. Decorating, organizing, and even DIY-ing can be done at a low cost and a low environmental footprint. If you are looking to make your quaran-house a quaran-home with minimal environmental effects, look no further!

There are so many fun ways to decorate or revamp a space without harming the environment. According to Intersectional Environmentalist Leah Thomas and, it is always important to follow these guidelines in order to create a green, clean, and totally unique space:
1. Make Simple Swaps
2. Do Your Research
3. Investigate Materials
4. Shop Secondhand
5. Look to Family Tradition

UA student working to create ‘non-clogging’ toilet paper

Toilet paper isn’t something many people think about until we either need it, we’re out of it or as many people saw this spring, it was nowhere to be found.