25 October 2010 Defenders helps bring Climate Science Center to Arizona Posted by: Caitlin Leutwiler | 1 comment | Share: In a refreshing change of pace, last week brought good news to the climate front! The Department of the Interior announced it had chosen the University of Arizona to lead a newly established Climate Science Center (CSC), the fourth of eight planned regional CSCs. Defenders of Wildlife was instrumental in making this a reality, working with lawmakers to pass legislation that established the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center and helping to secure funding for the initiative. The Climate Science Center is a critical component of our nation’s efforts to understand and plan for the impacts of climate change on wildlife and ecosystems. Along with the Dept. of the Interior and a science advisory board, the Center will work to develop a national strategy to assist fish, wildlife and plants in becoming more resilient to the impacts of climate change, adapting to life in a warming world. After the Interior’s announcement, U.S. Representative Raúl M. Grijalva, a friend of Defenders who helped lead the project, said, “This is a huge honor and a well-deserved recognition of the world-class talent we have at the University of Arizona. Climate research is some of the most important scientific work going on today, and this will be a huge economic and intellectual engine for the entire Southern Arizona community for years to come.” The Southwest Climate Center will be led by another Defenders’ friend, Dr. Jonathan Overpeck, the co-director of the University of Arizona’s Institute of the Environment and an international authority on climate change. The consortium will also comprise the University of California, Davis; University of California, Los Angeles; Desert Research Institute, Reno; University of Colorado, Boulder; and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego. Read about the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center. Learn more about the impacts of climate change on wildlife and habitats. One Response to “Defenders helps bring Climate Science Center to Arizona” Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Westerners want to save the sage-grouse (and so do I) A majority of voters in western states want to see sage-grouse, the Sagebrush Sea and all its inhabitants protected. Defenders Celebrates Successful Listing of Sharks, Rays and Sawfish! Recently 21 imperiled species of sharks and rays gained international protection when they were added to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS). Refuges need relief Congress and the president must do a better job in providing for America’s National Wildlife Refuge System.