As the Trump administration wants to slash federal funding for wildfire science, federally funded scientists have been seeking new methods and technologies to predict, prepare and respond. "A wildland fire (budget) cut is a human health cut," said Don Falk, a forest ecologist at the UA.
Modern wildfires are burning longer than they did decades ago, which results in longer fire seasons overall, said Valerie Trouet, an associate professor in the UA Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research.
A new analysis finds that if global warming reaches 2 degrees Celsius, it could trigger a feedback, or "tipping element," in one or more of our natural systems and drive further warming. Diana Liverman, a UA Regents' Professor of geography and development, is a coauthor on the article.
A proposed housing development that opponents say will dry out one of the Southwest’s only free-flowing rivers can take shape after the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the developer has proved it has sufficient long-term water supply. But plaintiffs in the long-standing lawsuit against the Pueblo Del Sol Water Company over its proposed 7,000-home development plan to take the case to federal court. "From the perspective of state control over water resources, this opinion has the potential of being enormously damaging," said Robert Glennon, Regents' Professor at the UA James E. Rogers College of Law, who filed a brief supporting the plaintiffs.