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August 03, 2020
A triple threat COVID-19, climate change and eviction

Opinion piece by Prof. Jonathan Patz appears in Isthmus. "According to analysis by the COVID-19 Eviction Defense Project, Congress’ failure to extend a pandemic-related eviction moratorium places more than 29 million Americans at risk of homelessness by the end of the year.."

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July 20, 2020
Newly Published Science Article Receives Wide Media Attention

"The rotten apples of Brazil's agribusiness", Lisa Rausch and Holly Gibbs, co-authors, highlights the interlinkage between illegal deforestation in the Amazon and Cerrado—the largest Brazilian biomes with the highest rates of deforestation—and EU imports of Brazil's soy and beef, the country's major agricultural commodities. Although most of Brazil's agricultural output is deforestation-free, it was found that 2% of properties in the Amazon and Cerrado are responsible for 62% of all potentially illegal deforestation and that roughly 20% of soy exports and at least 17% of beef exports from both biomes to the EU may be contaminated with illegal deforestation. Raising awareness is important to press Brazil to conserve its environmental assets and to promote international political will for cutting telecoupled GHG emissions. This could be achieved, for example, through the environmental safeguards of the Mercosur-EU trade agreement, which require EU imports to comply with the export country's legislation.

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July 16, 2020
SAGE Dept. Admin Laurel Fletcher = a NASA Hero!

Laurel Fletcher has been highlighted as one NASA's “Unsung Heroes” for her outstanding work to support the NASA Health and Air Quality Applied Sciences Team led by Prof. Tracey Holloway. Laurel has been the hidden support for the semi-annual HAQAST meetings. She handles travel and reimbursement coordination along with event logistics, from booking hotels to ensuring there are poster displays. Most of the time Laurel’s work goes unnoticed because things run so seamlessly! Congratulations for the recognition, Laurel!

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June 22, 2020
"Wildlife Trade Spreads Coronaviruses as Animals Get to Market"

A study by SAGE alum, Dr. Sarah Olsen, was highlighted in the New York Times. Sarah was Dr. Jonathan Patz's first PhD student at SAGE. 

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June 11, 2020
Of Chainsaws and Supply Chains: How big beef and soya firms can stop deforestation

Holly Gibbs was quoted in Economist article considering the needed incentives to help big soy and meatpacking companies avoid buying from properties with deforestation under Bolsonaro's government. 

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May 18, 2020
Prof. Jonathan Patz Presents, "Without Reversing Environmental Damage, Mark your Calendars for the Next Pandemic"

This was for the Earth Leadership Program, This Changes Everything: Sustainability Science in a Post-COVID-19 World, May 12, 2020

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May 12, 2020
Prof. Holly Gibbs Awarded H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship

Eleven UW faculty have received H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellowships for 2020-21, which recognize faculty within their first six years from promotion to a tenured position. The award is named in recognition of the late WARF trustees president H.I. Romnes and comes with $60,000 that may be spent over five years. 
Holly studies how and why people use land around the world, including in the United States and the Brazilian Amazon. 

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May 01, 2020
Prof. Jonathan Patz to Give Keynote Address in Online Webinar

"Climate Justice meets Global Health in the time of COVID-19"  Monday, May 4, 1-4PM, (click READ MORE to register)

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