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February 1, 2012
by The Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate and Security (CIOCS)

CIOCS Seeks Student Interns

Thank you for your interest, this position has been filled. Are you a UMass Boston student looking for employment on-campus? Are you eligible for work-study? Check out the paid Office Assistant internship at the Collaborative Institute by logging into the UMB Student Employment database. (You will need to register first, according to the directions provided on the website.) If this sounds like a job for you, please email an inquiry and/or your resume to our Executive Director Robbin Peach at Read all about the job description and requirements under the jump.

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January 31, 2012
by The Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate and Security (CIOCS)

Texas Drought the Product of Climate Change?

Is the 2011 Texas drought the product of climate change? NASA’s James Hansen and his colleagues say it is. Most scientists choose not to link specific weather events to climate change trends, but they’ve gathered data they say shows that the 2011 heat wave that hit both Texas and Oklahoma was “a consequence of global warming because their likelihood was negligible prior to the recent rapid global warming.” Using over 50 years’ worth of temperature data, the group feels they can definitively argue that the heat wave in Texas and Oklahoma wouldn’t have occurred without global warming.

Even if you’re not ready to argue that this particular incident is a direct result of climate change, it is easy to see the enormous ramifications of the heat wave for Texas and how these effects will be felt outside the Lone Star State. Certain areas are now trucking in water as their wells run dry and as they make major decisions regarding future water use, equipment, and needs. Andrew Freedman discusses how rice production may face unprecedented restrictions, cuts and even shutdowns with the current water shortage. And it’s not just rice that’s feeling the squeeze:

“The 2011-12 drought ranks as the state’s most intense one-year drought since records began in 1895. The drought has had major impacts on agriculture in the Lone Star State, particularly for cattle ranchers, causing at least $5.2 billion in agricultural losses during 2011. This includes $1.8 billion in cotton losses, $750 million in lost hay production, and $243 million in wheat losses.” Continue Reading →

January 24, 2012
by The Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate and Security (CIOCS)

Global Conference on Oceans, Climate and Security Registration Now Open

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It is our pleasure to announce that registration for the Global Conference on Oceans, Climate and Security (GC ’12) has officially opened. Early Registration lasts until March 15. Right now you can attend GC ’12 for $325! And don’t forget about the Veteran and Active Military Pass, which may be purchased at any time before the Conference for only $250!

GC ’12 will be hosted May 21-23, 2012, at the beautiful facilities of UMass Boston Campus Center and the adjacent John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

All of us here at the Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate and Security invite you to join a diverse high-level group of scientists, military and civilian policy-makers, and thought-leaders from many disciplines to participate in this dialogue and our outcomes-driven conference.

Find more info about registration and register for the conference here.

The primary goal of the Global Conference is to address the impact and consequences of climate change on our ocean systems and the consequent influence this has on human security and national security threats. The Conference will also identify and prioritize the knowledge gaps in science and technology which impede understanding, response and adaptation to future threats, and generate a research agenda with human security policy and governance recommendations.

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