Boosting the pecanomy: Arizona pecan production peaks

Here’s the news in a nutshell: Southern Arizona pecan growers make up a big slice of the state’s agricultural pie. Harvest season is nearly here. In the days following the first frost, large mechanical shakers trundle down county highways into the orchards nearby. Rolling between long rows of trees, the machines grip the ashy-brown trunks…

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Climate change stunts nutritional needs

Because of climate change, you might be getting less in what you eat and not even realize. According to a study published in August by the journal Nature Climate Change, rising carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere could cause a decrease in certain plant nutrients by mid-century. Protein, iron and zinc in certain crops is expected…

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Native bees do it better

  A native bee wraps its hind legs around a flower and vibrates its wings to unlock the flower’s hidden treasure –pollen. Its fuzzy body coated in yellow, the bee flies off to discover its next pot of gold. This technique of shaking the flower’s pollen sacs, is called buzz pollination. It’s exclusive to wild,…

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Climate change could shake up Arizona agriculture

The agriculture industry has a tough job ahead of it. The United Nations estimates the world will need 70 percent more food to feed the global population by 2050. But the real challenge lies in meeting this goal under the pressure of a changing climate. As climate change progresses, it brings an emerging set of challenges…

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Tucson couple carry out annual saguaro census

For desert dwellers, saguaros are a part of daily life. Scattered in front yards, cropping up along the side of the road, sprinkled on mountainsides, the hulking cactuses are nearly omnipresent in the Arizona desert. We often see them without realizing what goes into the survival of these huge plants that only grow in the…

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Climate change getting you down? You may not be only one, says UA study

Although many studies investigate the physical impacts of climate change, such as rising sea levels and more intense storms, very few ask how worrying about a changing climate could be affecting someone’s mental health. A January study published by University of Arizona researchers in the journal Global Environmental Change did just that. The researchers found that…

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University of Arizona climate researchers worried about funding cuts for future projects

One month ago, a forest fire in California burned over 200,000 acres, destroyed 2,800 homes and killed 41 people. Two months ago, Hurricane Maria ripped through Puerto Rico and left millions of people without electricity, fresh water or ways to communicate. This year, Arizona and 38 other states, experienced above-average temperatures for the first 10…

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