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Daniel Swain in The Los Angeles Times: California’s aging dams face new perils, 50 years after Sylmar quake crisis

“Even if engineers had made risk assessments that were accurate at the time these structures were built, they aren’t accurate now, and won’t be anymore due to climate change,” said…


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Daniel Swain in The Washington Post: California’s rainy season now starts nearly a month later, increasing wildfire risks

A long-expected consequence of global warming has come to fruition, a study finds: California’s rainy season is starting later in the year than it used to, extending the threat of…


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Brad Shaffer research in UCLA Newsroom: Turtles ‘in horrible shape’ with grim future due to rising sea levels

A new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reveals new findings about turtles’ evolution so far and the tough prospects they face for survival.  “Turtles are…


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Alex Wang in Marketplace: It’s economics, not policy, that’s hurting the coal industry

The U.S. coal industry isn’t likely to prosper under the Biden administration, but it wasn’t exactly gangbusters under the previous one either, despite all those promises. On top of natural…


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Magali Delmas in UCLA Newsroom: Evidence mounts that eco-friendly wine tastes bette

A new study by Magali Delmas, an environmental economist at UCLA Anderson School of Management, and Olivier Gergaud, an economist at the Kedge Business School in Bordeaux, France, found that organic…


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JR DeShazo in Popular Science: GM wants its cars to be fully electric by 2035. Here’s what that could mean for auto emissions.

Last week, General Motors announced that it plans to eliminate emissions from its passenger vehicles by 2035, and become carbon-neutral across its operations by 2040. Still, it may be an…


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Edward Parson and Alex Wang in The Daily Bruin: Some faculty hope UC, US will take more aggressive action to combat climate change

Some UCLA faculty said the United States and the University of California should take more progressive steps to fight climate change. The U.S. could use the power of the federal…


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Daniel Swain in The Independent — ‘Concurrent disasters’: How California could see more severe mudslides as a result of wildfires

The unprecedented and devastating 2020 California wildfires have left some regions vulnerable to mudslides and debris flows. Daniel Swain, a PhD climate scientist at UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, told the Tahoe…


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Daniel Swain in Inside Climate News: A Surge From an Atmospheric River Drove California’s Latest Climate Extremes

Research suggests that much of the state will endure more extreme precipitation events that drive floods, mudslides, and debris flows.  It could get worse. Stronger atmospheric rivers are part of…


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Richard Jackson in the New York Times: How Climate Change May Affect Your Health

No matter where you live or how high your socioeconomic status, climate change can endanger your health, both physical and mental, now and in the future. “Our changing climate will…


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Daniel Blumstein writes for Zócalo Public Square: What if we used play to solve the world’s biggest problems?

Ours is a time of reduced civility, heightened political partisanship, and decreased faith in institutions. If we don’t figure out how to engage respectfully, we will all lose out.  Americans…


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National Geographic film features Bird Genoscape Project

UCLA Professor Tom Smith and Ph.D. student Kelly Barr with the Center for Tropical Research and the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability are featured in a new National Geographic…