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6.18.2019

Daniel Swain in the Guardian: California’s wildfire season is starting and officials are bracing for the worst

It is difficult to predict how bad the rest of this fire season will be based on the number of fires so far, said Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at the University of California, Los Angeles. “Our worst fire years aren’t necessarily the years that we’ve had the highest number of fires,” he noted. “All...


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6.17.2019

Congo Basin Institute and Tom Smith in National Geographic: Cameroon’s embattled ebony trees get a lifeline—from guitar maker

Bob Taylor met Tom Smith, director of UCLA’s Congo Basin Institute, who had worked in Cameroon for decades and knew as much about its forest ecology as Taylor knew about guitars. They found themselves circling a shared quandary: The urgent need to regrow tropical hardwoods in the Congo Basin was hampered because scientists knew more...


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6.13.2019

Daniel Swain in CurbedLA: 90 degree temps in the LA forecast through Tuesday

The Bay Area, however, might see record heat, according to UCLA climate scientologist Daniel Swain. On Twitter, he says Southern California “should still be quite warm to hot—just not as likely to be record-breaking.”


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6.12.2019

Stephanie Pincetl in L.A. Times: Here’s how city dwellers can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit global warming

That can be a challenge, since many people want to keep up with ever-changing trends, said Stephanie Pincetl, director of the California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA, who was not involved in the report. Pincetl recommends buying high-quality items that will last a long time. “It sounds like deprivation, but it’s also a way...


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6.10.2019

J.R. DeShazo in Parentology: How Cuts to EPA Funding Could Impact Children

“EPA’s latest cuts to children’s health research are part of a pattern that could diminish the importance of science in decisions that affect the well-being of American families,” J.R. DeShazo, director of the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation and co-chair of the External Environmental Economics Committee, tells Parentology. “This organization, comprised of some of the...


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6.5.2019

Alan Barreca in Arizona PBS: Could climate change and lower birth rates be linked? UCLA researcher says yes

UCLA professor Alan Barreca, who teaches sustainability and has a background in economics, studied 80 years of U.S. birth data and concluded that if the Earth continues to warm as projected, human birth rates will drop dramatically. His research was published in the journal Demography last year. The research looked at birth rates from 1931...


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6.5.2019

Daniel Swain on The Weather Channel: Where Will All the Water Go?

Daniel Swain (University of California, Los Angeles, and NCAR) has been studying the weather whiplash plaguing California in recent years, as the state lurches between wet years (including 2018-19) and intense drought years akin to those in the early 2010s. “If precipitation is falling in shorter but sharper bursts — as is an emerging trend...


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6.4.2019

Gregory Okin in Washington Post: Want your pet to go vegetarian? There are complications — even dangers — to that

Gregory Okin, a geography professor at University of California at Los Angeles, calculated that if American dogs and cats formed their own country, it would rank fifth in the world in meat consumption.


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5.30.2019

Daniel Swain in KQED: Bay Area Logs Especially Wet May

“The weather pattern literally looked like something straight out of January, but it’s May,” said Daniel Swain, a climate scientist with UCLA. “This regression back towards winter like conditions is amazing. There was a significant amount of rain near the coast.” It was San Francisco’s 12th wettest May on record, according to the National Weather...


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5.29.2019

Daniel Swain in KQED: PG&E Wants to Make a Massive Investment in Weather Stations

The winds near Paradise were blowing hard and fast, propelling the fire forward, says Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at UCLA. However just a few miles away in the Sacramento Valley, the winds were nearly calm. “In many cases, there haven’t been weather stations in close enough proximity to these fires to get a really...


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5.29.2019

UCLA Law Professor Gives Talk on Green New Deal and Clean Air Act

UCLA Law School professor Ann Carlson discussed what proponents of the Green New Deal could learn from the passage of the Clean Air Act of 1970 at the Law School on May 16.


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5.28.2019

Peter Kareiva in the Daily Bruin: Study says aquaculture may be viable source of food, if done in the right areas

In a yearlong study, UCLA researchers found ocean farming could alleviate a large portion of global hunger, promote biological diversity and minimize the impact of carbon emissions from land farming.