Harnessing cross-border resources to confront climate change

TitleHarnessing cross-border resources to confront climate change
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsAburto-Oropeza O, Johnson AF, Agha M, Allen EB, Allen MF, González JArellano, Moreno DMArenas, Beas-Luna R, Butterfield S, Caetano G, Caselle JE, Gaytán GCastañeda, Castorani MCN, Cat LAnh, Cavanaugh K, Chambers JQ, Cooper RD, Arafeh-Dalmau N, Dawson T, Pérez ADíaz de l, DiMento JFC, Guerrero SDomínguez, Edwards M, Ennen JR, Estrada-Medina H, Fierro-Estrada N, Gadsden H, Galina-Tessaro P, Gibbons PM, Goode EV, Gorris ME, Harmon T, Hecht S, Fragoso MAntonio He, Hernández-Solano A, Hernández-Cortés D, Hernández-Carmona G, Hillard S, Huey RB, Hufford MB, G. Jenerette D, Jiménez-Osornio J, López-Nava KJoana, Reséndiz RALara, Leslie HM, López-Feldman A, Luja VH, Méndez NMartínez, Mautz WJ, Medellín-Azuara J, Meléndez-Torres C, de la Cruz FRMéndez, Micheli F, Miles DB, Montagner G, Montaño-Moctezuma G, Müller J, Oliva P, Álvarez JAbraham Or, J. Ortiz-Partida P, Palleiro-Nayar J, Figueroa VHugo Pára, P. Parnell E., Raimondi P, Ramírez-Valdez A, Randerson JT, Reed DC, Riquelme M, Torres TRomero, Rosen PC, Ross-Ibarra J, Sánchez-Cordero V, Sandoval-Solis S, Santos JCarlos, Sawers R, Sinervo B, Sites JW, Sosa-Nishizaki O, Stanton T, Stapp JR, Stewart JAE, Torre J, Torres-Moye G, Treseder KK, Valdez-Villavicencio J, Jiménez FIValle, Vaughn M, Welton L, Westphal MF, Woolrich-Piña G, Yunez-Naude A, Zertuche-González JA, J. Taylor E
JournalEnvironmental Science & Policy
Pagination128 - 132
KeywordsBinational collaborations, Cross-border transformation, Environmental innovation, Northern Mexico, Research integration, US southwest

The US and Mexico share a common history in many areas, including language and culture. They face ecological changes due to the increased frequency and severity of droughts and rising energy demands; trends that entail economic costs for both nations and major implications for human wellbeing. We describe an ongoing effort by the Environment Working Group (EWG), created by The University of California’s UC-Mexico initiative in 2015, to promote binational research, teaching, and outreach collaborations on the implications of climate change for Mexico and California. We synthesize current knowledge about the most pressing issues related to climate change in the US-Mexico border region and provide examples of cross-border discoveries and research initiatives, highlighting the need to move forward in six broad rubrics. This and similar binational cooperation efforts can lead to improved living standards, generate a collaborative mindset among participating universities, and create an international network to address urgent sustainability challenges affecting both countries.

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