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Jon Christensen in CityLab: Longing for the Great Outdoors? Think Smaller.

Though the “great outdoors” may be more distant than ever right now due to COVID-19, small and mediated exposure to nature can still give us a lift, said Jon Christensen, a professor of environmental studies at UCLA’s Institute of Environment and Sustainability. Even photos of tree-lined mountains and wildlife documentaries can yield a health payoff;...


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Ann Carlson in Scientific American: Several States, Environmental Groups Vow to Sue Over Car Pollution Rollback

Ann Carlson, co-director of UCLA’s Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, said the Trump administration’s less aggressive rules “don’t make legal sense.” She noted that agencies will need to defend their decision to scrap a “well-reasoned” set of climate and air protections, especially when automakers are hungry for more well-defined standards.


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Ann Carlson in KQED: California Leaders Slam Trump Administration’s New Car Rules as ‘Deadly Regulatory Backsliding’

After years of blustery promises and draft proposals, the Trump administration Tuesday released final rules tossing out auto emissions standards and gutting one of the U.S.’s biggest efforts to fight climate change.  Ann Carlson, a law professor at UCLA, questioned the legality of the Trump administration’s new rules. She says the administration has a legal...


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Ann Carlson in Forbes: COVID-19 Scrambles The Debate On How Much Pollution To Accept From Cars And Trucks

On Tuesday, the Trump administration finalized its plan to require manufacturers of cars and trucks – the biggest-source of climate-warming pollution – to boost their average fuel economy by 1.5 percent annually for model years 2021-2026. Ann Carlson, a University of California at Los Angeles law professor, said it’s hard to predict how the pandemic will affect...


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Ann Carlson in NPR: Trump Administration Weakens Auto Emissions Standards

The Trump administration has finalized its rollback of a major Obama-era climate policy, weakening auto emissions standards in a move it says will mean cheaper cars for consumers. “More fuel-efficient cars are cheaper for consumers over the long run,” says Ann Carlson, an environmental law professor at UCLA’s Instittue of Environment and sustainability and co-director...


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Ann Carlson on NPR’s All Things Considered: Trump Administration Finalizes Fuel Economy Standards Rollback, A Key Policy Goal

The Trump administration is replacing Obama-era fuel economy standards with weaker ones that will allow for more air pollution.  Groups are already lining up to challenge the new rule. Ann Carlson, co-director of UCLA’s Emmett Institute on Climate Change and Institute of Environment and Sustainability professor weighs in.  


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Jon Christensen in Bay Nature: Pandemic Park Closures Aren’t Fairly Felt. But There’s Not an Immediate Alternative

Last week, in response to complaints and an outpouring of social media outrage, governor Gavin Newsom announced a “soft closure” of 36 State Parks and beaches in California, 26 of which are located in the Bay Area.  Access to parks is not a luxury but a necessity for health, says Jon Christensen, assistant professor at...


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Ann Carlson in Forbes: Trump Finalizes Fuel Economy Rollback As COVID-19 Roils Auto Industry

Donald Trump has always touted his rollback of Obama-era fuel economy and tailpipe emissions standards as one of his proudest anti-regulatory achievements. Today, his administration finalizes his own lower targets, even as coronavirus brought the world auto industry to a screeching halt.  The first legal test could come soon if opponents ask the D.C. Circuit...


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Ann Carlson in The Guardian: Trump to roll back Obama-era clean car rules in huge blow to climate fight

The Trump administration is rolling back the US government’s strongest attempt to combat the climate crisis, weakening rules which compel auto companies to produce more fuel-efficient vehicles. Critics say the move will lead to more life-threatening air pollution and force Americans to spend more on gasoline.  Ann Carlson, a professor at the University of California in...


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Pritzker Winner Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim in OkayAfrica: Watch Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim’s TED Talk on How Indigenous Knowledge Can Help Fight Climate Change

In a new TED Talk, climate activist, geographer and one of OkayAfrica’s 100 Women 2020, Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, discusses the role that indigenous knowledge can play in combatting climate change.


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Pritzker Winner Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim gives TED Talk: Indigenous Women Should be at the Heart of Climate Activism

To tackle a problem as large as climate change, we need both science and Indigenous wisdom, says environmental activist Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim. In this engaging talk, she shares how her nomadic community in Chad is working closely with scientists to restore endangered ecosystems — and offers lessons on how to create more resilient communities.


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Timothy Malloy in ChemicalWatch: Authorisation applicants underusing Qsars, study suggests

Quantitative structure-activity relationship (QSAR) is a strategy of the essential importance for chemistry and pharmacy, based on the idea that when we change a structure of a molecule then also the activity or property of the substance will be modified. Qsars may be being underused by applicants assessing alternatives to SVHCs, according to a US analysis of REACH data....