The 2014 National Climate Assessment’s Southwest chapter, compiled by UA climate experts, projected up to 5.5 degrees more warming by the midcentury period and 9.5 degrees before 2100 if carbon emissions continue increasing. Days when temperatures climb past 110 degrees bring an exponentially greater risk for heat-related deaths, said Diana Petitti, a clinical professor at the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix.
As demand for seafood has quickly grown, so too has demand for fish to feed to other fish. Aquaculture production has more than doubled since 2000. Recognizing that the ocean can't keep up, NovoNutrients is working on making fish feed from carbon dioxide. "We are confident that the need and potential profits are so great, that there will be many profitable firms supplying the aquaculture feed mill companies," says Kevin Fitzsimmons, an expert in aquaculture and a professor at the UA.
Matt Lubisich, president of the Associated Students of the UA, alongside the UA's Students for Sustainability, is pushing to create a new, University-wide sustainability committee to initiate collaborations and steer stalled campuswide sustainability efforts.
The goals of the Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions Center will be to address the nation's needs for biofuels and bioproducts, strengthen Arizona's bioeconomy, and provide training for the next generation of scientists and engineers. Kimberly Ogden, director of the UA Institute for Energy Solutions, will head the Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions Center. Peter Waller and Dennis Ray, researchers from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, will also be involved with the center.