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 Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in How Should We Honor Earth Day? America has many worldwide firsts in conservation: we were the first nation to establish a national park, the first to create a national wildlife refuge, the first to approve a law protecting endangered species and the first to create a national day dedicated to conservation, Earth Day. But today, we are experiencing another period of crisis in America’s commitment to conservation. When did conservation become a polarizing political issue, when it has been, for the past century, a defining characteristic of American values and the American spirit? Ecological Insults and Injuries Revealed Four Years after Deepwater Horizon Four years after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig spilled millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, we’re beginning to see the full scope of how this ecological disaster is impacting our wildlife on land, air and sea. Wolf Weekly Wrap- Up California wavering on protection for gray wolves under state law; Defenders of Wildlife featured on the HLN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell show tonight; A close up look at the science: wolf breeding pairs in Idaho; bad bills for Mexican gray wolves in Arizona.