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10.15.2019

Daniel Blumstein in Daily Bruin: Book by UCLA faculty explores adolescence, development among various species

UCLA’s Natterson-Horowitz and science journalist Kathryn Bowers detailed the life of Shrink, a spotted hyena in Tanzania, and other animals in their book Wildhood, published last month. The book explores the key lessons and traits of adolescence commonly found in many different species, including humans. “For young humans, it’s also a good time to explore...


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10.12.2019

Daniel Swain in Zululand Observer: California turns off power to millions to prevent wildfires

Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at UCLA in Los Angeles, tweeted that the power shutoffs were “a necessary bad idea in the short term” that shifts the financial costs from the power companies to the public.


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10.11.2019

Phys.org: Florida mangroves reveal complex relationship between climate and natural systems

A new study led by UCLA’s Kyle Cavanaugh of how Florida’s mangroves and salt marshes are affected by changes in climate, both man-made and natural, illustrates the complex interplay between our changing climate and living natural systems. The paper, which was published in PNAS, found that decades-long, natural climate cycles have determined the northern extent...


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10.11.2019

Daniel Swain in Wired: Power Shutoffs Can’t Save California From Wildfire Hell

As the winds move over the Sierra Nevada in eastern California, they flow like water over rocks in a stream, compressing and warming. Slicing through valleys, the winds gather more speed, desiccating the air. “If you imagine the atmosphere over your head as a sponge, you can’t wring it out anymore,” says Daniel Swain, a...


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10.10.2019

Daniel Swain in National Geographic: How climate change primed California’s power shutdown

Over the past century, California has warmed by about 3 degrees Fahrenheit, more than the global average of about one degree Fahrenheit. Hotter air draws water out of plants and soils more efficiently than cool, leaving the trees, shrubs, and rolling grasslands of the state dry and primed to burn. Crucially, that effect increases exponentially...


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10.10.2019

Stephanie Pincetl in ABC News: How the California power outages reduce wildfire risk: What you need to know

“PG&E right now is very gun-shy of taking any risks”and doesn’t “want to be liable if something goes wrong,” said Stephanie Pincetl, a professor at UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and director of the California Center for Sustainable Communities. “They’re trying to manage their risk, and if I was in their shoes I...


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10.10.2019

Stephanie Pincetl in KMBZ: How the California power outages reduce wildfire risk: What you need to know

“PG&E right now is very gun-shy of taking any risks” and doesn’t “want to be liable if something goes wrong,” said Stephanie Pincetl, a professor at UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and director of the California Center for Sustainable Communities. “They’re trying to manage their risk, and if I was in their shoes...


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10.10.2019

Kyle Cavanaugh in UCLA Newsroom: Florida mangroves reveal complex relationship between climate and natural systems

A new study led by UCLA’s Kyle Cavanaugh of how Florida’s mangroves and salt marshes are affected by changes in climate, both man-made and natural, illustrates the complex interplay between our changing climate and living natural systems. The paper, which was published in PNAS, found that decades-long, natural climate cycles have determined the northern extent...


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10.10.2019

Daniel Swain in PBS: Millions are out of power in California, but were the PG&E shutoffs necessary?

Propelling this drying-out process are the Diablo and Santa Ana winds, which start east of California. Autumn is the start of cold, low-pressure storms over the Great Basin, several thousand feet up in Nevada and Utah. As they move, these winter storm systems “leave behind cold air and are replaced by surface high pressure,” said...


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10.9.2019

Daniel Swain in Phys.org: California turns off power to millions to prevent wildfires

Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at UCLA in Los Angeles, tweeted that the power shutoffs were “a necessary bad idea in the short term” that shifts the financial costs from the power companies to the public. The first part of PG&E power cuts began midnight Tuesday into Wednesday in northern California. It affected more than...


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10.9.2019

Daniel Swain in Wired: A Mass Power Outage, Twitter’s Data Misuse, and More News

On Wednesday night, PG&E started shuting off power for hundreds of thousands of California residents in an effort to prevent wildfires during a high-wind period. Though this may be necessary as a stopgap, shutoffs won’t save California from wildfires entirely. “Even if you prevent 90 percent of wildfire ignitions, the remaining fires could be just...


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10.9.2019

Blaire Van Valkenburgh in Explore Big Sky:Yellowstone wolf teeth lead to extinction theory

Inside the Yellowstone Heritage and Research Center is a collection of 160 skulls of adult Yellowstone wolves. By examining the skulls, along with other collections from around the country and world, UCLA professor of ecology and evolutionary biology Blaire Van Valkenburgh and her colleagues have theorized a relationship between the declining amount of prey available...