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Udall Center Selects 2015–16 Environmental Policy Fellows

May 29, 2015

With primary financial support from the University of Arizona's Institute of the Environment, and partial support from the Udall Center and the Office of Research and Discovery, the Udall Center has selected two UA faculty members as Udall Center Environmental Policy Fellows for 2015–2016.

• Alex Cronin, professor of physics with a joint appointment in the College of Optical Sciences, will focus his research on developing new policies to efficiently and economically integrate renewable energy from solar and wind power. Cronin’s research will highlight ways to apply state-of-the-­art forecasting technologies, energy storage methods, and fluctuation analysis developed at the UA to recommend policies that increase the amount of wind and solar power that utilities use.

Coffee trees planted on the rugged slopes of the Blue Mountains.

Taking a Splash of Climate Information with that Coffee

May 27, 2015

By Shahrazad Encinias, Institute of the Environment

Organish yellow molts produced by the coffee leaf rust fungus. It’s enough to give coffee farmers, buyers, and drinkers the jitters: a yellow powder that appears on the leaves of coffee plants, causing defoliation and reduced yields. The culprit, a fungal disease called Hemileia vastatrix, more commonly known as coffee leaf rust, cost Central American growers about $345 million in losses in the 2012–13 harvest season alone, and world-famous Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee calculated losses of more than $1 million.

Helping Vulnerable Southwestern Communities Adapt to Climate Change

May 27, 2015

By Shahrazad Encinias, Institute of the Environment

The Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions (CCASS) launched an initiative in the fall of 2014 to help Hispanic and Native American communities in the U.S. Southwest understand and adapt to climate change.

Climate Conversations is a series of discussions involving more than 75 community leaders to date. The conversations are centered on concerns about how climate change will affect water resources, health, emergency management, agriculture, land management, and traditional practices in more vulnerable populations in southern Arizona and Mexico and how to best prepare for those impacts.

“These conversations are guiding our efforts to engage these communities in discussions about preparing for climate change impacts,” said CCASS Director Kathy Jacobs.