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U of I Analyzes Climate Change Impacts on Economics, Law, Humanities

May 30, 2019

MOSCOW, Idaho — May 30, 2019 — The University of Idaho’s James A. and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research is leading a two-year Idaho Climate-Economy Impacts Assessment to evaluate the economic impact of climate change on Idaho.

The assessment, which involves more than 100 Idaho researchers, is in the early stages and is one of many initiatives at U of I focusing on climate change and how to study it, teach it and observe its consequences. A comprehensive look at U of I’s climate change research is available at

As part of the economic assessment, researchers will synthesize all available data on projected changes to Idaho’s environment and then identify how these changes impact major economic sectors including agriculture, energy, human health, recreation and tourism, land and infrastructure.

The team will look at the risks climate change poses and identify opportunities for innovation, economic development and job creation across the state. The economic assessment’s final products will be made into an online interactive public information source that communities can use to identify opportunities for economic growth. Project members are also participating in community summits across the state to talk with local members about more regional economic concerns.

The project is funded by a consortium of businesses, nonprofits, foundations and private individuals.

Additional details about U of I’s climate change research, including news articles and a podcast about the link between climate change and the humanities, is available at Assets include:

U of I’s climate change experts can discuss concepts such as the impact of climate on wildfires, water resources, forests, snowpack, glaciers, fish, historical climates, policy and law, culture, emotion, sustainable development, energy security and trust in science. Anyone wishing to arrange an interview with one of U of I’s experts may contact Brad Gary at or 208-885-7725.

Media Contacts

Brad Gary
Communications Coordinator
University of Idaho Communications and Marketing

Leigh Cooper
Science and Content Writer
University of Idaho Communications and Marketing

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