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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, Twitter, or Facebook to keep up with the journey! We’ll be posting regular updates...


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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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8.16.2019

Eco Watch: Lightning Surprises Near North Pole With 48 Strikes

“It has been an extraordinary year and an extraordinary summer in the far north,” University of California, Los Angeles climate scientist Daniel Swain told National Geographic.


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8.14.2019

Daniel Swain in National Geographic: Lightning struck near the North Pole 48 times. Here’s why it’s not normal.

“It has been an extraordinary year and an extraordinary summer in the far north,” says Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at the University of California, Los Angeles. Lightning in the Arctic Circle as a whole isn’t that unusual, and portions of northern Alaska and Siberia see some lightning almost every summer. But, said Swain, once...


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8.14.2019

Daniel Swain in Smithsonian Mag: Rare Lightning Strikes Detected 300 Miles From North Pole

It’s an indication that things are changing rapidly in the Arctic, UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain tells Matt Simon at Wired. He explains that typically convective storm clouds need to rise to a minimum of 15,000 feet to produce a thunderstorm. In lower latitudes, that’s not a problem. Heat and humidity are high enough to...


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8.14.2019

Daniel Swain in Wired: Why Lightning Strikes In An Arctic Gone Bizarro

“It’s this stable layer in the atmosphere that acts essentially as a lid on these convective clouds,” says UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain. One of these convective clouds needs to rise at minimum 15,000 feet if it’s going to produce a thunderstorm, and the tropopause makes that harder to do in the Arctic than at...


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8.2.2019

Alex Hall in Inside Science: Climate Change Really is Causing California’s Raging Wildfires

Although there are several factors that play into why the state’s wildfires have been getting more frequent and devastating, a new study, published this month in the journal Earth’s Future, indicates that climate change is a big factor. The study “documents pretty carefully that there’s a strong relationship between summertime fire and temperature,” said Alex...


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7.22.2019

Las Vegas Valley stays hot, fire weather watch coming Tuesday

UCLA’s Daniel Swain in Vegas news talks about the extreme weather and climate change.  Extreme weather situations often bring about the question of global warming. Climate experts such as Daniel Swain suggests that we have inflicted irrevocable damage to earth’s climate due to our behaviour as he believes “extreme heat events globally have a detectable...


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7.12.2019

Alex Hall in LA Times: California’s coast is disappearing, and the debate over what to do about it is in full swing

Professor Alex Hall was on a panel about sea level rise hosted by Zócalo Public Square. Here is a highlight from the event: Why are seas rising? Around 45% of sea level rise has occurred because the ice sheets and mountain glaciers are melting, Hall said. Another 45% is happening because the ocean has expanded...


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7.3.2019

Daniel Swain in The Smithsonian Magazine

Although photographs of the event’s aftermath testify to tall hail drifts throughout the city, these monoliths were created by urban flash floodingthat sent ice flowing into streets and culverts, not purely through accumulated ice dropped during the storm, as climate scientist Daniel Swain of the University of California Los Angeles explains on Twitter. (Similar occurrences...


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7.2.2019

Daniel Swain in Washington Post: Extraordinary, record-crushing rainstorm deluges Honolulu

UCLA climate scientist, Daniel Swain, in the Washington Post about storms in Honolulu.  The cold front associated with the unusual low-pressure zone triggered thunderstorms and heavy rain. The rainfall was probably increased by warmer-than-normal ocean temperatures surrounding the islands, which were also a contributor to the recent record-warm air temperatures. The warm ocean “raises the...


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7.2.2019

Daniel Swain in Forbes: Why Caution Is Needed With Those Hail Pictures In Mexico

Climatologist Daniel Swain offers some cautionary thoughts about images of hail from Mexico. Swain is a climate scientist at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA). He told me in a message: It was clearly a dramatic and extremely impressive event with major local impacts–but I think the physical characteristics have been fundamentally mischaracterized. I have...


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7.2.2019

Daniel Swain in cnet: Freak hail and flooding creates summer icebergs in a Mexican city

“These enormous #hail drifts are almost certainly the result of an urban flash flood during hail-producing thunderstorm, which washed huge volumes of hail ice from around city into culverts & low-lying areas. Ice floats, so it can go wherever floodwaters do,” UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain wrote on Twitter. 


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6.21.2019

UCLA bike expedition raises awareness of climate change in California

California Climate Expedition, a bicycle tour from Oakland to Los Angeles — led by UCLA climate scientist Alex Hall — grants riders the chance to experience climate change impacts in California first-hand. Organized by OnePulse, a group that plans cycling journeys for charitable causes, the ride is raising funds for the UCLA Center for Climate...