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Panel Discusses Climate Change and Mexico

Climate Change Extends Beyond the Weather

UC MEXUS continues its series of seminars on topics relevant to Mexico
and California

(November 7, 2006)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- The fallout from changes in climate turn up in unexpected places, as a panel of researchers will discuss at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 15, at UC Riverside.

The seminar features presentations by scholars including Martin A. Medina Elizalde of UC Santa Barbara; Tracey Osborne, of UC Berkeley; and Lance Wollwage of UC Riverside. Richard Minnich, professor of earth science at UCR, will moderate the seminar.

The discussion will center on how climate change impacts the world in unexpected ways, for instance influencing underground rivers in the northeaster Yucatan, or the carbon markets and land use politics in Chiapas, Mexico.

This is the second in a year-long series on topics relevant to Mexico and California at UC MEXUS headquarters, 3324 Olmsted Hall. The series is a project of the University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States (UC MEXUS), a system-wide institute that makes its home on the UCR campus.

Every month, UC MEXUS will focus on a different topic of relevance to Mexico and California. The Institute will bring together scholars from the University of California and Mexico from a wide range of disciplines such as sociology, history, anthropology, conservation biology and environmental sciences.

All programs are free and open to the public. Guest parking in Lot 6 costs $6. Permits are available at the information kiosks at the entrances to campus.

Upcoming programs include:
December, 2006: Plants, pests, and pathogens
January, 2007: Indigenous linguistics
February 2007: Identity politics and transnational communities.

The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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