May temperatures and precipitation were variable across the Southwest. Taking a longer view, spring precipitation was mostly below average in Arizona, while New Mexico was variable. Spring temperatures were much-above average across most of the Southwest. So far in June, temperatures have ranged from 0 to 8 degrees above normal across much of Arizona and New Mexico, with extreme heat forecast for the week of June 19. June precipitation has been sparse in most of Arizona, with infrequent storm activity mostly in southern and eastern New Mexico.
While solar and wind energy continue to make up a large percentage of energy production around the world, President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord may lead to fewer renewable energy options here in the U.S. "The Southwest is the most vulnerable area when it comes to climate change," said UA researcher Valerie Trouet. "Every extra degree we get is one too much."
UA programs connect students, researchers, and tribal leaders as they address outcomes of climate change for Native Americans.
President Donald Trump’s decision Thursday to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord has one Arizona scientist worried about conditions in the desert Southwest.
The Amazon rainforest contains clues that can help scientists diagnose the implications of Earth's changing vital signs.
UA researcher Alison Meadow contributed to a strategic guide designed to help the National Park Service manage cultural sites and protect them from the threat of climate change.
New remote sensing tools and collaborative research helps land managers track trees' responses to severe drought in the Sierra Nevada range.
In the Spring of 2017 the Institute of the Environment hosted Katharine Hayhoe, an atmospheric scientist at Texas Tech University. Hayhoe is known for her work on regional climate impacts and for sharing her research with faith-based communities. In her talk, she explores pathways to productive discussion about climate change: by moving past the smokescreens to address the real objections, and beginning our conversations with values we share, rather than facts we disagree on.
Records show that the amount of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere rose above 400 parts per million, what some researchers consider to be a tipping point. “We’re only now feeling the effects from emissions from decades ago,” said Ben Champion, director of the UA Office of Sustainability. “We’ve got to bring it back down.”