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Koch Discusses Saudi Arabian Farms Using Water From Arizona and California in KUSA Article

“If you can invest the capital to drill a deep well that can get deep into the groundwater supply, then you can really pump as much as you want,” says Natalie Koch, professor of geography and the environment. “This was appealing to the Saudis as well to go [to La Paz County], where they’re not being charged for water they extract because there’s no measuring of it.”

April 29, 2023

Huber Weighs in on NY Using Nuclear Power to Reach Its Climate Goals in City & State Article

“It’s a generational thing,” says Matt Huber, professor of geography and the environment. “A lot of younger generations are really fixated on climate and understand that nuclear is one our best options to deal with climate, so we gotta keep it on the table.”

April 26, 2023

Coffel Quoted in CNN Article on the Increase in Number of MLB Home Runs and Climate Change

“The authors show that the effect of warming on home runs is less for indoor stadiums and night games, making a somewhat controlled experiment,” says Ethan Coffel, assistant professor of geography and the environment. “There may have been other changes to gameplay or equipment which could have also affected trends in home runs, but one might not expect those things to differ between indoor and outdoor stadiums or night versus day games.”

April 11, 2023

Coffel Speaks to Newsweek About the Effects Climate Change Has on Flying

"There are three primary effects [of climate change on flying]: a reduction in payload capacity for some flights because of rising temperatures, an increase in clear air turbulence on some flight routes, and changes in fuel consumption on some routes due to changes in upper level wind speeds," says Ethan Coffel, assistant professor of geography and the environment.

March 29, 2023

Hammond Provides Insight into the Geographies of Islam in New Book

Timur Hammond

Timur Hammond, assistant professor of geography and the environment, has written “Placing Islam: Geographies of Connection in Twentieth-Century Istanbul” (University of California Press, 2023). 

March 20, 2023

Huber Talks to Real Change News About Carbon Pricing Programs

The fact that the costs of compliance are typically borne by workers and consumers is a fundamental flaw of carbon pricing programs, says Matthew Huber, professor of geography and the environment. It’s one that, he suggests, has led to the Biden administration’s relatively skeptical stance on cap-and-trade programs.

March 20, 2023

Thomas Perreault Receives Fulbright Specialist Award

The professor of geography and the environment will spend part of the summer researching peatlands and helping develop a doctoral program in Chile. 

March 17, 2023

Koch Weighs in on Western States Banning Foreign Groundwater Use in Stateline Article

“The U.S. has always been promoting and setting up this entire thing,” says Natalie Koch, professor of geography and the environment. “It’s not like the Americans are passive in this. We have absolutely helped sow the seeds for that Saudi agricultural industry that has come back to us now.”

March 16, 2023

Mosher Featured in Philadelphia Magazine Article on Metropolitan Expansion

"What all of this adds up to is a really complicated rewiring of activity patterns where people who live in the hinterland have greater choice as to which big city they gravitate toward for employment/shopping/sports-team fandom, where they can more easily travel to the big city they find most appealing," says Anne Mosher, associate professor of geography and the environment.

March 8, 2023

Sultana Talks to Inside Climate News About the COP27 Loss and Damage Agreement

“When you can’t adapt to climate change at all and face interconnected issues surrounding loss and damage, the unbearable heaviness of climate coloniality is worsened,” says Farhana Sultana, professor of geography and the environment. “This means destruction, devastation and loss are so profound that one can’t finance one’s way out of it.”

March 3, 2023

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