Andrea K. Gerkak, assicate professor in the School of Geography and Development, co-authors an op-ed piece pushing for radical changes in the use of America's waters. The piece calls for a new Administration to recognize water as a common good, invest in infrastructure, maintain clean drinking water, and embrace fairness.
Mineralogists have identified a group of minerals that owe their existence to human activity, supporting the idea that it might be time to designate a new geological time period. UANews spoke with mineralogist Marcus Origlieri about human-mediated minerals, many of which may have future geologists and archaeologists scratching their heads.
The record-breaking heat that made 2016 the hottest year ever recorded has continued into 2017, pushing the world into "truly uncharted territory," according to the World Meteorological Organization. "Earth is a planet in upheaval due to human-caused changes in the atmosphere," said Jeffrey Kargel, a glaciologist at the UA. "In general, drastically changing conditions do not help civilization, which thrives on stability."
Four UA researchers were selected as chapter authors in the Fourth National Climate Assessment, which is expected to be released in December 2018.