IoES in the News
Special Pollution Study Proposed for Santa Monica Airport
Suzanne Paulson, Santa Monica Airport Commissioner and UCLA professor, is asking for permission from the City of Santa Monica to conduct a study on the change in pollution levels before and after the Santa Monica Airport closes temporarily. Read more about why how this study could benefit the residents in this Santa Monica Lookout article.
UCLA’s Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden is ready for its close-up
The botanical garden will have an open house on September 26, 2017 to showcase their expanded garden, improved pathways, redesigned stream, new $5 million La Kretz Garden Pavilion, and more. Philip Rundel, director of the botanical gardens is Distinguished Professor of Evolutionary Biology with a joint appointment at IoES.
More local water for Los Angeles could mean a drier Los Angeles River
Using 60 years of data, IoES partnered with the Colorado School of Mines to model flow changes and water quality of the river. As part of the Sustainable LA Grand Challenge, this study provides the most up-to-date, extensive analysis of water management strategies.
10 teams selected to map Bay Area’s response to rising sea levels
IoEs, HR&A Advisors, Stamen Design, and Stanford Sustainable Urban Systems will be supporting Team Uplift consisting of Gensler, Arup, and Margie Ruddick Landscape– one of ten teams recieving $250,000 from Resilient by Design | Bay Area Challenge to compete and design innovative and practical adaptation strategies for rising sea levels in the Bay area. Learn...
Apply now to be a GloCal Health Fellow at CBI
Fellowship applications are now open for advanced PhD and professional students and post-docs to spend a year conducting research related to health (defined broadly) at CBI’s campus in Cameroon through Fogarty International’s GloCal program. The application is due November 1. We’re happy to help prospective applicants who are interested in working at CBI develop research...
What you need to know about LA’s urban heat problem
Who is measuring the problem and how is LA trying to cool down the city? Urban heat is disproportionate across the county and many residents do not have air conditioning. Learn about the dangerous costs of heat islands and the increase of heat days in this KCRW piece, referencing Alex Hall’s end-of-century warming projections.
Unnatrual Selection: On Extinction and De-Extinction
Why is resurrecting an extinct species (especially megafauna such as dinosaurs) a recurring theme in pop culture? IoES faculty member Ursula K. Heise’s discusses the environmental culture of, “de-extinction,” in her book Imagining Extinction. Read a review written by Colin Dickey, author and creative writing professor at National University, as featured on LA Review of Books.
California Today: Is This What Climate Change Looks Like?
Record high heat waves, multiple blazes, and microbursts all throughout California- is this what climate change looks like? Learn more about Dr. Daniel Swain's thoughts about whether this is correlated with climate change, as featured in the New York Times.
UCLA assistant adjunct professor partners with Congo Basin Institute
Learn more about Kevin Njabo, an assistant adjunct professor who helped establish the Congo Basin Institute at IoES in this Daily Bruin interview.
Aquaculture can feed the world, new report claims
The results of their study, “Mapping the global potential for marine aquaculture,” published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution on 14 August, demonstrates the oceans’ vast potential to support aquaculture, director of the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and report co-author Peter Kareiva said. “We need to find more protein for our growing population, and we have pretty much tapped out wild fish as protein sources,” he said. “This study shows that farming fish in the ocean could play a huge role in feeding people without degrading our ocean or overfishing wild species.”
Opponents make 11th-hour bid to stop Newhall Ranch development
Stephanie Pincetl, a professor at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, said the ultimate decision on whether the project moves forward will depend on how broadly a judge interprets the developer’s obligations under the California Environmental Quality Act. “Newhall … complied with the letter of the law," she said. “It’ll depend on the judge and if the judge is willing to look at the larger set of impacts and not rule in a very narrow way.”
The Science Police
In their introduction to the upcoming book, the ecologists Peter Kareiva and Michelle Marvier write: “Working as editors for some of the major journals in our field, we have seen first-hand reviewers worrying as much about the political fallout and potential misinterpretation by the public as they do about the validity and rigor of the science.”