The Arizona Student Unions are working with the Office of Student Engagement and the Graduate and Professional Student Council to make the idea of a union rooftop garden into a reality. By next year, the garden could be supplying fresh produce for campus restaurants and the Campus Pantry. Groups of up to five students are encouraged to design and propose ideas.
An atmospheric river hammered the West with rain and snow, resulting in flooding at lower elevations and tremendous increases in snowpack across the mountainous portions of northern California and the Intermountain West. Long-term drought conditions persist across the Southwest, although the recent run of moisture in the West has improved drought in regions of northern California and parts of the Intermountain West.
Two leading US science agencies, NASA and NOAA, jointly declared 2016 as the hottest year on record for the third year in a row. UA climate scientist Jonathan Overpeck says, "2016 is a wake-up call in many ways. Climate change is real, it is caused by humans, and it is serious.”
A UA-led team has identified the climate pattern that generated a "Green Sahara" from 5,000 to 11,000 years ago. The region had 10 times the rainfall it does today.