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September 25th, 2008

$1 million grant to help developing countries respond to climate change impacts

The University of Colorado at Boulder has received a $1 million grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to reestablish a climate change consortium that helps developing countries reduce their vulnerability to drought, floods, and other climate-related hazards. The Consortium for Capacity Building (CCB) will move from its former home at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) to CU-Boulder's Environmental Studies Program (ENVS) and INSTAAR. Michael "Mickey" Glantz will retain his role as Director and recently travelled to New York City to receive the Rockefeller grant at the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative. Glantz will be joined in the new consortium by Roger Pielke Jr. (ENVS, CIRES), political scientist Tsegay-Wolde Georgis and atmospheric scientist Qian Ye.

The Consortium for Capacity Building will focus on research, education and outreach to many areas around the world, including South Africa, North Africa, Asia, Latin America and the polar regions. It will equip hundreds--eventually thousands--of scholars and practitioners with the scientific tools to understand and address the effects of the global climate crisis.

"Climate change is happening now, and while taking steps to curb human impacts is always important, learning how best to adapt is becoming increasingly necessary," said Jim White, director of INSTAAR. "The consortium has long been an important leader in adaptation strategies. INSTAAR is happy to help where and when we can in that effort, and we thank the Rockefeller Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative for making that possible."

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