The National Science Foundation has awarded Northern Arizona University a four-year, $1.5 million grant to examine survival strategies that natural systems might use to respond to the combined effects of environmental change and invasive species. The research effort is a collaboration among investigators at NAU, the Desert Botanical Garden and Arizona State University.
Vancouver, Canada-based electric vehicle company Electra Meccanica is is checking out Casa Grande as a possible factory location; a new study reports that the sun’s rays can electrify plants into producing renewable energy; Lucid Motors is about ready are about to start rolling electric cars out of the Arizona desert; and more. Read the full report here.
A new survey finds that a majority of Arizonans (65%) support requiring Arizona electric utilities to generate 100% clean energy by 2050, why electric trucks are the inevitable future, technology and digital transformation are key to modernization in the energy industry, ‘cool pavement’ experiments in Los Angeles is help urban planners find ways to ease rising temperatures, GM’s million-mile electric vehicle battery, and more.
Nine student delegates have been chosen to represent ASU at the United Nations Climate Change Conference this December in Santiago, Chile. Sonja Klinsky, an associate professor at the School of Sustainability who is part of putting the delegation together, said in an emailed statement said that, “ASU is an official observing entity and has been sending delegates of students, staff and faculty for a number of years.”
A University of Arizona professor and top climate researcher, Diana Liverman, has been named one of 19 members of the Earth Commission, a new global group drafting potential responses to climate change and biodiversity challenges.