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Climate Change and Sustainability

Transforming Our Relationship with Our Environment

6.22.2019

In the conversation about how to address climate change, the focus is often on the technologies that can help us lower heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions. But in reality, addressing climate change sustainably and equitably requires a much deeper examination — and transformation — of the human relationship with our environment. Join leaders working to green...


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The Future of Fire in Santa Barbara County

A Panel Discussion

6.20.2019

A conversation with leaders who study climate change and wildfire, manage fires and evacuations, and work to understand the economic and policy dimensions of increased fire risk in a changing climate. We’ll explore the lessons learned from the area’s recent Thomas Fire, what the future holds, and what we can do about it. Panelists: Leila...


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Turning Climate Science Into Action

A Tale of Two Cities

6.9.2019

Join us as we kick off our California Climate Expedition with a party and discussion about climate science and action in California! As climate change continues unabated and California communities feel the impacts, it’s more important than ever that scientists inform climate problem-solving. In the Bay Area, the Climate Readiness Institute connects academics with stakeholders...


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California Climate Expedition

Learning About Climate Change Impacts and Solutions Firsthand by Bicycle

6.8.2019

From June 8 to 24, 2019, the UCLA IoES Center for Climate Science is partnering with OnePulse to bring you the California Climate Expedition: a first-of-its-kind cycling tour and educational experience. Learn more about the ride below, and follow us on Instagram @uclaclisci, Twitter @uclaclisci, or on our Facebook page to keep up with the journey!...


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A Climate Series for the Ages

Living with Climate Change

11.16.2017

This fall, the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, in collaboration with UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, has designed a new kind of climate series: a four-night conversation between the L.A. community and some of the world’s experts on all things climate. DATES: October 5 – Climate Change Cliff Notes October 19 – Earth and...


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Climate Change, the Sierra Nevada, and Our Water Future

Research presentation and Q&A by Alex Hall

6.22.2017

Center for Climate Science Director Alex Hall travels to Long Beach to continue his speaking tour about his groundbreaking research on climate change in the Sierra Nevada.


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Research Talk: California’s Climate Future

Water and the Sierra Nevada

6.15.2017

When it comes to water, the Sierra Nevada has always been a feast-or-famine environment. As global temperatures climb with human emissions of greenhouse gases, how will this change? What is the future of the Sierra Nevada, and what does it mean for us?


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Climate Change Town Hall

A Conversation with Congressman Adam Schiff

4.21.2017

On April 21, 2017, Rep. Adam Schiff held a town hall on climate change at Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium. Center for Climate Science Director Alex Hall joined the panel, along with UC Riverside’s Francesca Hopkins and Caltech’s Tapio Schneider, to discuss how global climate change will affect us in California — and what we can do...


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Oppenheim Lecture: California’s Climate Future

Water and the Sierra Nevada

2.9.2017

Over the past few years, Californians have seen first-hand the consequences of hotter-than-normal temperatures and a smaller-than-normal Sierra Nevada snowpack, including historically low reservoir levels, dying trees, and increased wildfire risk. You’ve probably wondered, “If things are like this now, what will they be like in the future, as the climate continues to change?” UCLA...


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Research Talk: What Climate Change Means for the Sierra Nevada–and California

Presentation and Q&A by Professor Alex Hall

1.24.2017

Over the past few years, Californians have seen first-hand the consequences of hotter-than-normal temperatures and a smaller-than-normal Sierra Nevada snowpack, including historically low reservoir levels, dying trees, and increased wildfire risk. You’ve probably wondered, “If things are like this now, what will they be like in the future, as the climate continues to change?” UCLA...

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10.12.2019

Daniel Swain in Zululand Observer: California turns off power to millions to prevent wildfires

Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at UCLA in Los Angeles, tweeted that the power shutoffs were “a necessary bad idea in the short term” that shifts the financial costs from the power companies to the public.


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10.11.2019

Daniel Swain in Wired: Power Shutoffs Can’t Save California From Wildfire Hell

As the winds move over the Sierra Nevada in eastern California, they flow like water over rocks in a stream, compressing and warming. Slicing through valleys, the winds gather more speed, desiccating the air. “If you imagine the atmosphere over your head as a sponge, you can’t wring it out anymore,” says Daniel Swain, a...


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10.10.2019

Daniel Swain in PBS: Millions are out of power in California, but were the PG&E shutoffs necessary?

Propelling this drying-out process are the Diablo and Santa Ana winds, which start east of California. Autumn is the start of cold, low-pressure storms over the Great Basin, several thousand feet up in Nevada and Utah. As they move, these winter storm systems “leave behind cold air and are replaced by surface high pressure,” said...


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10.9.2019

Daniel Swain in Phys.org: California turns off power to millions to prevent wildfires

Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at UCLA in Los Angeles, tweeted that the power shutoffs were “a necessary bad idea in the short term” that shifts the financial costs from the power companies to the public. The first part of PG&E power cuts began midnight Tuesday into Wednesday in northern California. It affected more than...


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10.7.2019

Daniel Swain in Mashable: The fall heat wave was gnarly

Temperature records toppled, and some were smashed, over a vast region of the U.S. this past fall week, including record October highs in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Newark, Raleigh, Nashville, New Orleans, Pensacola, Indianapolis, and beyond.  And in the past week, over 300 daily record highs were broken.  But, it’s not the number of records that’s...


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9.30.2019

Daniel Swain in Capital National Radio: Davis Tornado Unusual But Not Unprecedented For California

There was some wild weather over the weekend in Yolo County as residents in the Woodland and Davis area experienced a tornado and hailstorm.  The twister occurred Saturday around 6:40 p.m., right after the National Weather Service sent out an emergency tornado warning that included the message “take cover now.” Daniel Swain is a climate...


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9.29.2019

Daniel Swain in SF Gate: The bad news: PG&E power shut-offs will probably get worse, not better

UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain said the state is unlikely to get enough rain soon to stamp out its risky fire weather. Based on PG&E’s current criteria, that means more shut-offs are all but certain if the winds pick up and temperatures are high enough. But it’s hard to say for sure.


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9.23.2019

Alex Hall on KCRW’s Greater LA: How Climate Change Will Affect Southern California

Alex Hall, climate scientist and director of the UCLA IoES Center for Climate Science, talks with KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis about what climate change has in store for the Los Angeles region—and what we can do about it.


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9.18.2019

Daniel Swain in Laist: Is LA’s Marine Layer Going To Burn Off Someday And Never Ever Come Back?

Los Angeles’s summer marine layer — aka June Gloom, aka May gray — is one of the most unique aspects of living along the coast. It keeps things cool through the morning and burns off in the afternoon to reveal gorgeous blue skies. WHAT HAPPENS IN 50 YEARS? I asked some climate scientists. “We don’t...


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9.10.2019

Daniel Swain in Curbed LA: Warmer fall predicted for LA as ‘blob’ settles off California coast

A massive “blob” of warm water is lurking off the California coast, and it could mean that Los Angeles won’t experience a true autumn. (Does it ever, though?) UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain says there’s a “high confidence” that temperatures will be warmer than average this fall. That’s partly due to an enormous new marine...


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9.6.2019

Daniel Swain in Mercury News: The ‘Blob’ is back: New marine heat wave emerges off West Coast

A massive marine heat wave that caused record warming of ocean waters off the West Coast five years ago, sending salmon numbers crashing and malnourished sea lions washing up on beaches across California and other Pacific states, is back, scientists said Thursday. The ocean phenomenon, which researchers called “The Blob” when it appeared in 2014...


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9.4.2019

Daniel Swain in CNBC: Freaked out about the future of the planet? Don’t let fear ruin your finances

With the planet at stake, who can blame you for not saving 10% of your income for a future you’re not sure will arrive? While it’s easy to feel powerless, Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the Nature Conservancy at UCLA, tells CNBC Make It that he has...