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November 21, 2022
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The Dirt: We Can End Poverty and Protect the Environment Together



Eliminating poverty likely would lead to greater resource consumption, creating an additional burden on the environment. But with an eye on social justice, it is possible to end poverty and protect the environment at the same time, according to an international study involving University of Arizona researchers.

The publication in Nature Sustainability investigates the environmental impacts of raising living standards among the world's poorest populations to ensure that everyone has access to minimum resources, including food, water, energy, and basic infrastructure. The authors found that the effort would cause an increase in greenhouse gas emissions, land and water use, and pollution.

However, these environmental damages still would be modest compared to the continual cost of the world's highest per capita resource consumers. If the highest consumers diminish their use by a fraction, the poorest third of humanity could be lifted out of poverty, without accruing additional environmental cost. It is a matter of deciding what our societies value most.
 
UArizona Regents Professor Emerita in the School of Geography, Development and Environment Diana Liverman and postdoctoral research associate Lauren Gifford contributed to the paper, along with colleagues around the world.

Environment in the News

Michael Kotutwa Johnson outside his home near Kykotsmovi Village on the Hopi reservation in northeastern Arizona. Johnson joined the university this summer as an assistant specialist in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment, and is affiliated with the UArizona Indigenous Resilience Center.
(Kyle Mittan/University Communications)

Indigenous Resilience Center is a 'seed' for tribal leaders to water and nurture


By Kyle Mittan | University Communications | November 16, 2022

Since it was established last year, the University of Arizona's Indigenous Resilience Center has added to its roster experts who have long worked with and for Native American communities. Now, the center's leaders hope tribes can guide their next moves. Learn more>>

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Announcements

Register for Upcoming Confluence Conference

Please join the Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions for an event this December 6 that features an array of Colorado River experts speaking about critical topics along 'America's Nile.' In addition to discussing current conditions and future options, we will celebrate the publication of the Colorado River Compact centennial volume, Cornerstone at the Confluence: Navigating the Colorado River Compact's Next Century

Water Resources Research Center Photo Contest 2022

Calling all photographers! Enter your Arizona water photos in the WRRC 2022 Photo Contest. The theme this year is Water Now! Living with Less. Drought and shortage are on everyone’s minds, but so are monsoon rains and desert oases. As in the past photos must be taken in Arizona and must feature water (present or absent). Learn more and submit your pics here!

Opportunities 

Campus Sustainability Fund Annual Grants

The Campus Sustainability Fund Preliminary Annual Grant Application OPENS TODAY and will close January 15, 2023. All students, staff, and faculty are invited to submit proposals that advance environmental and social sustainability on campus. Annual Grants will award between $5,000–$100,000. All applicants must attend a virtual office hour meeting with the committee prior to submitting their Preliminary Application. Begin your application today!

Indigenous-Centered Mini Grants

The Campus Sustainability Fund with the support of the Agnese Nelms Haury Program has two Indigenous-Centered Mini Grant opportunities. Each Mini Grant is $5,000 and is reserved for funding Indigenous-focused projects that are oriented toward environmental and/or social sustainability. Proposals must be led by an Indigenous campus community member or, preferably, that they are led by someone that is part of an Indigenous-centered group, center, club, or organization on campus. The proposals should support an Indigenous-centered program, project, group, club, center, or initiative on campus. Click here for details. For any questions, please email the fund coordinator.

Paid International Development Internships Available

The Resilience Internships and Student Experiences (RISE) Program is now recruiting multiple student interns (undergraduate and graduate) for international development internships starting in the second half of Spring 2023! Students will intern at iDE Global and there are many projects you can apply to, including Multi-Country Analysis of MSRI Data, Storytelling for Resilience, Adapting MSRI to Fisheries and Aquaculture Value Chains, and more. Students will be paid $18/hour. View the internships here!

Postdoctoral Research Associate Position Available

Please apply here for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position for the NSF-DISES Net Zero Urban Water Research Coordination Network. The position is based at the University of Arizona and will work with the other institutions in the network including UCLA, Colorado School of Mines, and the University of New Mexico. The primary focus will be centered around interdisciplinary Net Zero Urban Water activities. The desirable candidate will be interact with academic, industry, and community partners from a variety of backgrounds across environmental science, planning, hydrology, and engineering.

Research Scientist Position Now Open

AIRES International Programs and the Arizona Initiative for Resilience and International Development network are seeking a scientist to engage in international resilience research with your networks. The position is part of a growing team that will collaborate with diverse faculty and researchers on critical, challenging, and cross-cutting topics in development. The position is posted at two levels, Research Scientist III and Research Scientist IV

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