IoES in the News


Daniel Swain for PBS — After Earth’s hottest day recorded on Sunday, Monday breaks new record

UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain discusses the global average temperature reached a new record high on Monday, surpassing the previous day’s record for PBS News. This marks the second consecutive…

Iranian mechanic works during the heat surge in Tehran


Daniel Swain for LA Times — ‘Long-duration’ heat wave again cooking California, raising health and wildfire concerns

UCLA climate expert Daniel Swain discusses with the Los Angeles Times about how California is experiencing another prolonged heat wave, with triple-digit temperatures expected across much of the inland areas.…

A giant thermometer in Baker, California reads 112 degrees on Friday


Daniel Swain for SFist — Fresh Heatwave on the Way, Maybe Not as Hot as Last One

UCLA climate expert Daniel Swain spoke with SFist about a new heatwave developing that is expected to bring triple-digit temperatures to inland areas like Sacramento and the Central Valley. “It…


Edith de Guzman for Grist — The surprisingly simple way cities could save people from extreme heat 

Urban heat islands, exacerbated by concrete and asphalt, pose significant health risks in cities. UCLA researcher Edith de Guzman discusses the urban heat island effect for Grist, highlighting the potential…

Jean-Francois Cardella / Construction Photography / Avalon


Monica L. Smith’s Book on Human Adaptation to Natural Disasters Now Open-Access

‘The Power of Nature’ explores how people have responded to disasters, focusing on archaeology and human-environmental dynamics

People looking at collapsed buildings in Turkey after the February 2023 earthquake


Daniel Swain for New York Times — Word of the Day: parched

UCLA climate expert Daniel Swain discusses the impending fire season for the New York Times, highlighting increased fire activity due to abundant vegetation from recent rainy winters. “I think we’re…


Alex Hall for TIME— Why Beryl’s ‘Unprecedented’ Timing is a Signal of Climate Change’s Impact on Extreme Weather

UCLA climate scientist Alex Hall discusses Hurricane Beryl for TIME, sharing how climate change is increasing the likelihood of extreme weather events. He explains that while extreme weather existed before…

Bay Garden Oistins, Barbados after Hurricane Beryln caused widespread damage to the town.


Cara Horowitz for LA Times — Column: It’s time for the Dodgers to stop taking Big Oil money

UCLA climate expert Cara Horowitz spoke with the LA Times’ Boiling Point columnist for a column calling on the Dodgers to stop taking Big Oil money. Horowitz highlighted how António Guterres, secretary…

The 76 logo sits above the left field scoreboard at Dodger Stadium.


Daniel Swain for New York Times — In Southern California, a Wildfire That May Foreshadow a Hazardous Summer

The Post Fire in Los Angeles County burns over 15,000 acres, raising alarm for dangerous fire season in the West. Experts warn of overgrown vegetation after wet winters. “This is…

Wildfire Burns Across Southern California, firefighters try to mitigate wildfire


Longcore Joins PLAN-Biodiversity Horizon Europe Project as Advisory Board Member

IoES Adjunct Professor Travis Longcore has joined the PLAN-Biodiversity project as an advisory board member. This innovative European project, “The Path Towards Addressing Adverse Impacts of Light and Noise Pollution on Terrestrial…

Graphic of starry night sky with text that says "Tackling noise and light pollution for a Sustainable Tomorrow" and "The Path Towards Addressing Adverse Impacts of Light and Noise Pollution on Terrestrial Biodiversity and Ecosystems"


California voted to ban new diesel trucks at ports. Why did L.A. and Long Beach just add 1,000 more?

UCLA environmental law professor and former acting administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Ann Carlson spoke with LA Times about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s delay in granting…

California is waiting for the EPA approve a rule that would hasten the electrification of cargo trucks at seaports. Meanwhile, diesel-powered big rigs continue to be granted access to the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, seen here.


Project Phoenix Now Accepting Volunteers!

Help researchers at UCLA and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County protect West Coast birds by recording your daily bird observations



William Boyd Explores Forever Chemicals and the Failures of Environmental Regulations in New Paper for Legal Planet

UCLA environmental law professor William Boyd wrote about widespread contamination by PFAS, or “forever chemicals,” and the failures of environmental regulation at Legal Planet and the Law & Political Economy Blog.…

Major industrial area with sunset in the background


La Kretz Center Public Lecture Postponed Until Fall 2024

The 2024 UCLA Public Lecture has been postponed until September 28th, 2024.


UCLA Named Finalist for SEPA Power Player Award in Equity

The California Center for Sustainable Communities, along with UCLA research teams and departments, has been selected as a finalist for the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) 2024 Power Player Awards in the Equity category.

SEPA Power Player Award Finalist graphic


Elsa Ordway Leads PANGEA Scoping Workshop in Washington D.C.

UCLA Center for Tropical Research and Congo Basin Institute co-director Dr. Elsa Ordway is leading PANGEA, a NASA-funded effort to design a large-scale field campaign studying tropical forests worldwide. This…

Elsa Ordway presenting at PANGEA workshop in Washington D.C.


Stephanie Pincetl Co-Authors Research on Net Zero Urban Water

Founding Director of the California Center for Sustainable Communities and Chair of UCLA’s Environment and Sustainability Ph.D. program Dr. Stephanie Pincetl co-authored a study, “Advancing a Net Zero Urban Water Future in the United States Southwest.” Published in ACS ES&T Water, the research examines the feasibility of Net Zero Urban Water (NZUW) — cities becoming self-sufficient with local water sources. This is crucial for the water-stressed US Southwest, where the Colorado River can’t meet the demands of 40 million residents.


Daniel Blumstein and Thomas Smith for Public Square—Is the Wilderness Act Still Protecting Nature?

In a new essay for Public Square, UCLA professors Daniel Blumstein and Thomas Smith discuss the implications of the Wilderness Act of 1964 on effective land management and climate research. They…


Lorena De la Puente Burlando Awarded 2024 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Innovation Fellowship

The Institute of the Environment and Sustainability is proud to announce that Lorena De la Puente Burlando has been awarded a 2024 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Innovation Fellowship. The program supports doctoral students in the humanities and interpretive social sciences as…


Deepak Rajagopal for WalletHub—Greenest States (2024)

WalletHub compared America’s 50 states to identify the most environmentally friendly ones, ranking them based on three categories: environmental quality, eco-friendly behaviors and climate-change contributions. California took the top spot,…


UCLA IoES Magazine: #3 in Top 30 California Sustainability Blogs

Discover why UCLA IoES Magazine is a top-ranking California Sustainability Blog!


UCLA Assistant Professor Liz Koslov Receives NSF Award for Research on Managed Retreat in Wildfire Zones

Discover how UCLA asst. professor Liz Koslov is advancing research on managed retreat in wildfire zones with her NSF Award.


Jon Christensen for Dodger Blue — Los Angeles Parks Alliance Files Lawsuit Over Dodger Stadium Gondola Project

UCLA professor Jon Christensen discusses the Dodger Stadium gondola project lawsuit for Dodger Blue, sharing how LAPA challenges the project’s environmental impact and community implications. LAPA’s lawsuit under CEQA aims…

A rendering of a proposed Dodger Stadium gondola project that would aim to ferry up to 5,000 passengers an hour from Union Station in downtown L.A. to the stadium.(LA Aerial Rapid Transit)


Give Back to the Bruin Community at UCLA’s Surplus Stop

In the vibrant atmosphere of a university campus like UCLA, sustainability is a vital aspect of reducing waste and fostering an eco-friendly environment. At UCLA, sustainability isn’t just a concept—it’s…