The University of Arizona
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Adaptation to Climate Change
in the Desert Southwest:
Impacts and Opportunities


A Conference Hosted By The University of Arizona

Institute for Environment and Society
James E. Rogers College of Law
Climate Assessment for the Southwest
Program on Economics, Law, and the Environment

January 22 - 23, 2009
Westward Look Resort, Tucson, Arizona

This event was streamed live on Thursday January 22 and Friday January 23, 2009.

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Scientists predict that climate change will exact a heavy toll upon the southwestern United States regardless of what is done to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As a result, the southwestern United States is a test case for climate scientists, economists, lawyers, policymakers and national, state, tribal and community leaders across the nation. This conference will explore how we can adapt to these changes in a manner that reduces the environmental and social costs of climate change. Specifically, what can we do now to maximize the potential for a sustainable southwestern natural and human habitat? Join an outstanding group of scientists, scholars, and national and regional community leaders to take a hard look at one of the most powerful questions of our time: what will climate change mean for the southwest?

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This conference was made possible by the contributions of James E. and Beverly Rogers and the Law College Association (LCA).