IoES in the News


Park Williams in The Los Angeles Times: With water running out, California faces grim summer of dangerous heat, extreme drough

While Southern California prepares for severe drought restrictions, the summer forecasts predict a summer marked by record-breaking temperatures, harsh landscapes, and above-average risk for large wildfires, particularly in the northern…

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Dr. Pincetl in The New Yorker: Can Sustainable Suburbs Save Southern California?

One downside to the understandable focus on greenhouse-gas mitigation is that more place-specific environmental considerations, including the destruction of traditional landscapes, can get lost. “I think this approach to carbon-dioxide mitigation is a new regime of trying to justify the same kind of development,” Stephanie Pincetl, a professor at U.C.L.A. whose research focusses on land use and the environment, told me. “It’s very clever and extremely insidious because it doesn’t change anything: it doesn’t address structural racism, it doesn’t address affordability, it doesn’t address the climate, it doesn’t address resource impacts, it doesn’t address anything except on paper.”



Blaire Van Valkenburgh and Bradley Shaffer elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Eleven UCLA faculty members were elected today to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies including Bradley Shaffer, Distinguished professor of ecology…

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Alex Hall on CBS News: “Eight years left to turn the ship”: Scientists share how climate change could change daily life

“We’re in a very different place now from where we were even just a couple decades ago,” said atmospheric physicist Alex Hall, director of the UCLA Center of Climate Science.

alex hall delivers turco lecture to american geophysical union


Bradley Shaffer elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Bradley Shaffer, the director of the UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science, was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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Stephanie Pincetl in The Los Angeles Times: Southern California ‘cannot afford green lawns’ as drought forces unprecedented water cuts

New Southern California drought rules limit outdoor watering to once a week in some areas. “So if you want to have water to drink, water to do all the stuff…

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Sean Hecht in The Los Angeles Times: State accuses Exxon Mobil of deceiving public, perpetuating ‘myth’ of plastics recycling

The California Attorney General’s office has sent a subpoena to Exxon Mobil Corp., seeking information about the company’s “historic and ongoing efforts” to reduce public awareness of plastic’s harmful effects.…

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Park Williams on NPR: The Southwest’s spring wildfire season has started earlier than normal

Much of the West is now experiencing the driest conditions in 1,200 years. Fires are igniting weeks earlier and lasting longer because the winter snow is melting sooner. That means…


Edith de Guzman on NBC’s Today: Cities look to trees to combat heat islands, but growth is slow

Edith de Guzman, an IoES Ph.D. candidate and director of the Los Angeles Urban Cooling Collaborative, looks at Los Angeles county as a patient suffering from extreme heat. The prescription?…



Edith de Guzman in WIRED: Extreme Heat Is a Disease for Cities. Treat It That Way

The “urban heat island effect” creates extra-hot temperatures that kill. But cities can prescribe powerful treatments, like green spaces and reflective roofs. It’s critical to know how heat actually feels…

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Dr. Pincetl on KCET: How L.A.’s Energy Transition Could Shake up the Southwest

The fuel isn’t the only thing that will change at the plant. “We know that the coal-fired power plant provides lots of jobs where it is for local residents,” says Stephanie Pincetl, director of the California Center for Sustainable Communities and professor-in-residence at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. “It also pollutes the air. It also uses water, all these issues. A transition to natural gas will continue to generate a fair amount of employment. When you move to renewables, to solar, it doesn’t have that kind of employment benefit. So part of the dilemma for the just transition is the jobs dilemma.”



Magali Delmas & Stephanie Pincetl research finds products’ energy savings estimates are often inaccurate

Most California energy-efficiency incentive programs haven’t resulted in any energy savings, according to recent UCLA research, and many have actually increased energy use. What’s going on? Stephanie Pincetl, a co-author…