IoES in the News
Climate Change Talks Currently Underway In Germany
91.5 KJZZ spoke with Cara Horowitz, Co-Director of the UCLA Environmental Law Clinic and IoES faculty member about the climate change talks in Bonn, Germany.
In landmark ruling, court orders paint companies to pay to clean lead paint out of California homes
The LA Times consulted with Sean Hecht, an IoES faculty member, in regards to a ruling that found paint manufacturers responsible for lead paint health hazards- which could affect climate change lawsuits in the future.
Aradhna Tripati wins 2017 Bromery Award for Minorities
The Geological Society of America awarded UCLA’s Aradhna Tripati the 2017 Bromery Award for Minorities, which is given to a minority who has “made significant contributions to research in the geological sciences, or those who have been instrumental in opening the geoscience field to other minorities.” Tripati was nominated by UCLA professor emeritus Raymond V. Ingersoll,...
Will we be ‘wiped out?’ How climate change is affecting California
When the snow disappears, California will lose what for decades has acted as a natural storage system. Alex Hall, a UCLA professor whose research focuses on reducing uncertainties associated with climate change, said there is mounting evidence that the pattern of long droughts followed by big wet years will become more exaggerated.
What they’re reading: Pritzker Award candidates’ book recommendations
At last night’s Pritzker Emerging Environmental Genius Award ceremony, our 2017 candidates shared copies of books that made a real difference in their lives. Here’s the list, for anyone who wants to think like a young environmental genius. Susana De Anda The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle “Once you dismiss all the labels and the...
To protect people’s lungs, move bus stops away from intersections, study says
89.3 KPCC discussed a UCLA study authored by IoES faculty member Suzanne Paulson and affiliated faculty J.R. DeShazo that found moving bus stops further from vehicle stops and accelerations at intersections can help decrease the amount of inhaled pollution (unregulated by the EPA) almost by half.
Professor Daniel Blumstein publishes book on eco-tourism
Globally, a recent study suggested that there are over eight billion visitors per year to terrestrial natural areas. Stated bluntly: more people visit natural areas than there are people on Earth! Alarmingly, this estimate does not include small reserves so the real extent of people interacting with wildlife and recreating in natural areas is even larger. Such...
U.S. withdraws from extractive industries anti-corruption effort
The EITI, which was founded in 2003, and which the United States joined in 2014, sets a global standard for governments to disclose their revenues from oil, gas, and mining assets, and for companies to report payments made to obtain access to publicly owned resources, as well as other donations. “It put more information in the hands of the public,” said Michael Ross, executive director of the Project on Resources, Development, and Governance at the University of California Los Angeles.
Global Climate Meeting Will Forge Ahead, Despite Trump’s Contempt
“The COP president typically has a fair amount of power to set the tone for negotiations,” Horowitz explains. “I expect we’ll see a lot at this COP that relates to the priorities of small island nations.” These nations are extremely vulnerable to rising oceans—their fate is tied to the success of the Paris accord. “They could be among the first to lose significant sovereign territory,” Horowitz says. They will likely push for greater greenhouse gas reductions as well as emphasize adaptation to climate change and paying for losses and damages.
‘It can become unlivable.’ How Jerry Brown is planning for raging fires and extreme heat
Parfrey is part of a regional climate action and sustainability collaboration at the University of California, Los Angeles, where professor Alex Hall led a groundbreaking study that found climate change will push up temperatures by an average of 4 to 5 degrees by the middle of the century. The number of days where temperatures climb above 95 degrees will roughly double on the coast, triple in downtown Los Angeles and quadruple in the valley.
Partnering with communities to save elephants
by Katie Rowe, 2017 Pritzker Emerging Environmental Genius Award finalist Elephants are incredible animals, they create grasslands, germinate trees, build seasonal waterholes and they help other species survive during the dry season. These are just a few of the amazing ways they impact our landscape. My Name Is Katie Rowe, I live in Northern...
People of the Condor and Eagle
by Danfung Dennis, 2017 Pritzker Emerging Environmental Genius Award finalist In the Amazon rainforest an ancient Indian prophecy warns of humankind splitting into two people. The people of the Condor would live in harmony with the earth. Their path would be guided by feeling and intuition. When the earth felt pain, they would feel...