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26 Climate Scientists Urge Gov. Brown to Phase Out California Oil Extraction
“We urge Governor Brown to show science-based climate leadership and protect California communities by addressing California’s own dirty oil extraction,” said UCLA's Dr. Aradhna Tripati. She is one of the twenty-six climate scientists coming together to call Governor Brown to action to divert from oil and gas to meet Paris Agreement goals and help communities harmed by the industry.
L.A.’s Not Just Sizzling, It’s Sultry: Why California’s July Heat Wave Is So Weird
“This has been an extraordinary heat wave,” said UCLA's climate scientist Daniel Swain in Scientific American. Not only were the high temperatures extraordinary in California for the July heat wave, the time of the year, high temperatures moving into the night, and humidity levels were as well.
The future of our electric grid, the journey from Guadalajara, the wild parrots of Pasadena
UCLA's Ursula Heise joined A Martinez on KPCC’s Take Two to talk about the thriving population of abut 3,000 Red-Crown parrots in Pasadena, a species that is endangered in Mexico. She explores the possibility of cities as an artificial ecosystem — and how they can be made more hospitable for people and wildlife.
Helping the Environment is Nice. Helping Yourself is OK, Too.
Transforming "green into gold": UCLA economist Magali Delmas joined Zocalo Public Square to discuss how companies can better reach consumers with green products. In her new book, "The Green Bundle: Pairing the Market with the Planet,” she points out that most people are convenient consumers — it's not enough for a product to be simply be good for the planet. The key? Bundling the environment with personal benefits.
Kavanaugh pick threatens EPA policies, FERC authority, lawyers say
"[Kavanaugh] tends to be very stingy and cramped in interpreting agency rulemaking authority," said Cara Horowitz, co-director of the UCLA Environmental Law Clinic in Utility Dive about the new Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
Record Heat in Southern California, and an Ominous Start to Wildfire Season
"Heat waves in recent years have become more intense, a consequence of global warming", Daniel Swain, UCLA climate scientist said in the New York Times, "raising the possibility of ever-deadlier fire seasons."
Executive Summary for July 6th: Wildfires Plague the West
“The extreme heat and localized strong offshore winds along the SoCal coastal plain will clearly lead to major fire weather concerns Friday-Saturday [7/6/18-7/7/18],” UCLA climate scientist, Daniel Swain said. “This will be of particular concern given the high degree of ongoing large fire activity in NorCal and subsequent drawdown of firefighting resources, likely fueled in part by our dry winter and the legacy of long-term drought.”
All-time high temperature records set throughout Southern California, including Los Angeles
Daniel Swain's blog post featured in Washington Post article: "The clockwise circulation around the heat dome and resulting offshore winds will force air down mountain slopes adjacent to coastal areas, compressing and heating the air. 'This will likely be a high-impact and memorable heat event.'”
It’s Summer, But LA Is Thinking About How To Catch Rain
"You see a storm year like  and you see all the water that ends up going through the L.A. River and Ballona Creek and Dominguez Channel, and you say, 'Wow. That could have been our water supply for the next year,'" said Mark Gold of the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.
Climate Change Contributed to Oroville Spillway Collapse, Study Says
"Our big dams were designed to capture smaller floods than what we expect in the future," said Daniel Swain in Weather Channel. "...these structures were built for a climate that we no longer have."
Paul Barber’s research article on sushi ‘fish fraud’ among most downloaded
The article, published in Conservation Biology, was downloaded 1,751 times in the 12 months following its publication.
This Device Pulls Water Out of Desert Air
"The idea of sucking water out of the atmosphere is not new", says Eric Hoek in the Smithsonian. “The real innovation [of Yaghi's research] is a materials innovation... These materials pull water out and more easily give it up."