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Harnessing cross-border resources to confront climate change

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Mar 12 2018

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Octavio Aburto-Oropeza, Andrew F. Johnson, Mickey Agha, Edith B. Allen, Michael F. Allen, Jesús Arellano González, Diego M. Arenas Moreno, Rodrigo Beas-Luna, Scott Butterfield, Gabriel Caetano, Jennifer E. Caselle, Gamaliel Castañeda Gaytán, Max C.N. Castorani, Linh Anh Cat, Kyle Cavanaugh, Jeffrey Q. Chambers, Robert D. Cooper, Nur Arafeh Dalmau, Todd Dawsonl, Aníbal Díaz de la Vega Pérezm, Joseph F.C. DiMentoj, Saúl Domínguez Guerrerod, Matthew Edwardsn, Joshua R. Enneno, Hector Estrada-Medinap, Natalia Fierro-Estradad, Héctor Gadsden, Patricia Galina-Tessaro, Paul M. Gibbons, Eric V. Goodes Morgan E. Gorris, Thomas Harmon, Susanna Hecht, Marco Antonio Heredia Fragoso, Alan Hernández-Solano, Danae Hernández-Cortés, Gustavo Hernández-Carmona, Scott Hillard, Raymond B. Huey, Matthew B. Hufford, G. Darrel Jenerette, Juan Jiménez-Osornio, Karla Joana López-Nava, Rafael A. Lara Reséndiz, Heather M. Leslie, Alejandro López-Feldman, Víctor H. Luja, Norberto Martínez Méndez, William J. Mautz, Josué Medellín-Azuara, Cristina Meléndez-Torres, Fausto R. Méndez de la Cruz, Fiorenza Micheli, Donald B. Miles, Giovanna Montagner, Gabriela Montaño-Moctezuma, Johannes Müller, Paulina Oliva, José Abraha Ortinez Álvarez, J. Pablo Ortiz-Partida, Julio Palleiro-Nayar, Víctor Hugo Páramo Figueroa, P. Ed. Parnella, Peter Raimondi, Arturo Ramírez-Valdez, James T. Randerson, Daniel C. Reed, Meritxell Riquelme, Teresita Romero Torres, Philip C. Rosen, Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra, Victor Sánchez-Cordero, Samuel Sandoval-Solis, Juan Carlos Santos, Ruairidh Sawers, Barry Sinervo, Jack W. Sites Jr., Oscar Sosa-Nishizaki, Travis Stanton, Jared R. Stapp, Joseph A.E. Stewart, Jorge Torre, Guillermo Torres-Moye, Kathleen K. Treseder, Jorge Valdez-Villavicencio, Fernando . Valle Jiménez, Mercy Vaughn, Luke Welton, Michael F. Westphal, Guillermo Woolrich-Piña, Antonio Yunez-Naude, José A. Zertuche-Gonzáleze J. Edward Taylor

Abstract
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.