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Daniel Swain in Wired: Oh Good, Now There’s an Outbreak of Wildfire Thunderclouds

Huge pyrocumulonimbus clouds just formed over fires in the West. Here’s why they could become more common on a warmer planet. “If there is an increase in these clouds, the…


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Program co-produced by UCLA storytelling lab wins local Emmy

An episode of the series “Earth Focus,” which is co-produced by UCLA’s Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies, or LENS, has won a Los Angeles Area Emmy Award. The episode, called “Coal Mining…


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Daniel Swain quoted in Axios — Study: Get ready for many more record-shattering heatwaves

All I can say is, wow, what a remarkably prescient paper,” said Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at UCLA, noting that it was completed and submitted for publication prior to…


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Daniel Swain in The Washington Post: Here’s what to know about dry thunderstorms and how they increase wildfire risk

“And if that layer under the cloud base is somewhat dry, as it often is out West, a lot of that water can evaporate before it actually hits the surface.…


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Alex Hall in UCLA Newsroom: Climate change definitively linked to increases in extreme rain and snow, UCLA research finds

A UCLA study published in Nature Communications shows definitively that abnormally heavy rain and snowfall events around the world are becoming more severe due to human-driven climate change. “These findings…


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Daniel swain in The Guardian: Climate scientists shocked by scale of floods in Germany

The intensity and scale of the floods in Germany this week have shocked climate scientists, who did not expect records to be broken this much, over such a wide area or…


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Daniel Swain in KQED: Drought-Stricken California Hasn’t Mandated Statewide Water Restrictions. Here’s Why

Former Gov. Jerry Brown required Californians to conserve 25% of their water during the third year of the last major drought. State leaders have not yet taken that step during this…


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Daneil Swain on Slate Podcast: It’s Hot. It’s Flooding. Is This the New Normal?

In this episode of Slate’s “What’s Next: TBD,” UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain discusses why it’s not too late to turn things around and what are the right questions to…


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Edith de Guzman weighs in for Nature: Racism is magnifying the deadly impact of rising city heat

Scientists are mapping correlations between race, poverty and heat in cities, and suggesting solutions to reduce the dangers. In Los Angeles, researchers have calculated that two basic interventions — planting…


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Daniel Swain in The Guardian: American west stuck in cycle of ‘heat, drought and fire’, experts warn

As fires propagate throughout the US west on the heels of record heatwaves, experts are warning that the region is caught in a vicious feedback cycle of extreme heat, drought…


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Daniel Swain in The Los Angeles Times: California fires are burning faster, getting harder to fight

Vegetation is at record-dry levels for this time of the year, and it is at least six weeks ahead of where it should be, said UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain.…


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Richard Jackson in The Los Angeles Times: Biden has a plan to remove some freeways. Will it make cities more healthy?

President Biden’s plan calls for highway removal to right historical injustices and improve the health of people who live nearby. At least four bills in Congress would fund such efforts,…