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William Boyd in Salon: Two new climate lawsuits give Big Oil the tobacco treatment

Two new lawsuits from Minnesota and Washington, D.C. hint that climate lawsuits against Big Oil might be mounting a comeback. William Boyd, a law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, says the two new lawsuits might get more traction than past attempts. “These are broad consumer protection statutes, and the facts that are...


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Stepanie Pincetl in UCLA Newsroom: Clean energy revolution may leave disadvantaged communities behind

Study finds affluent L.A. neighborhoods use more energy and reap greater benefits from government incentive programs.  The energy system, as it exists today, places a larger burden of cost on those who can least afford it, says co-author Stephanie Pincetl, a professor-in-residence at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. Ironically, it also rewards those who...


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William Boyd in Grist: Two new climate lawsuits give Big Oil the tobacco treatment

Two new lawsuits from Minnesota and Washington, D.C., hint that climate lawsuits against Big Oil might be mounting a comeback. William Boyd, a law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, says the two new lawsuits might get more traction than past attempts. “These are broad consumer protection statutes, and the facts that are...


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Ann Carlson in Nation of Change: Fossil fuel companies and their supporters ask Supreme Court to intervene in climate lawsuits

California communities last month got an important procedural win in their efforts to get fossil fuel companies to pay for climate-related impacts. However, some of the companies facing those lawsuits appear to be gearing up for a larger battle, looking to the Supreme Court to weigh in and using their network of promoters to continue attacking these lawsuits outside...


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UCLA partnerships with Africa are changing lives

The July 2020 issue of the UCLA Magazine features the many partnerships developing between UCLA and Africa. Highlighted efforts include those by Tom Smith and Kevin Njabo with UCLA’s Center for Tropical Research at the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and their work through the Congo Basin Institute.


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LA Times Boiling Point: California’s clean energy programs are mainly benefiting the rich, CCSC study finds

Led by Eric Fournier, research director at UCLA’s California Center for Sustainable Communities, the team analyzed energy use data for every ZIP Code in Los Angeles County, home to more than 10 million people. They found that people living in areas more likely to be “disadvantaged communities” — defined by state officials as having high...


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Daniel Swain on Weather Geeks Podcast: California Weather Phenomena

If you’re not from California, what is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of its weather? 72 and sunny? Listen to UCLA climate scientist, Daniel Swain on Weather Geeks‘ latest podcast episode as he discusses why California and the West are so susceptible to atmospheric rivers of moisture and raging wildfires phenomena. The episode...


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World World Zero features COVID-19 and climate change op-ed by Tom Smith

World War Zero, a coalition addressing climate change, has featured an op-ed by UCLA Professor Tom Smith, co-director of the Congo Basin Institute. “COVID-19 has shown the world the horrors of a pandemic. Climate change is an accelerator for pandemics. It’s time to wake up and take action — our future depends on it.”


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Ann Carlson in Bloomberg Law: Environmentalists Relieved as Critics Slam ‘Muddled’ SCOTUS Term

The court’s decision protecting LGBTQ worker rights in Bostock v. Clayton County could also feature in environmental litigation, legal scholars say. The majority’s interpretation, authored by Justice Neil Gorsuch, that the term “sex” in anti-discrimination laws protects LGBTQ workers employed a type of textual analysis that could also be used to uphold federal climate regulations, University...


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Three awarded by academic senate for diversity, equity and inclusion

Three individuals from the Center for Diverse Leadership in Science at UCLA have been honored with UCLA Academic Senate awards for diversity, equity and inclusion. One undergraduate, one graduate student and up to four faculty are awarded per academic year. Environmental science undergraduate student Venezia Ramirez, Atmospheric and Oceanic Science graduate student Alexandrea Arnold, and CDLS Founder...


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Yifang Zhu in Helling Shipping News: As oil prices crashed, tankers idled off California—spewing pollution for weeks

Giant ships lurked off the California coast for weeks in April and May, their bellies full of up to 20 million barrels of oil. This floating cache, enough to support the energy needs of the entire U.S. for a day, sat aboard an idling fleet that pumped out tons of pollutants, according to a new...


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Daniel Swain in The Los Angeles Times: Unusually warm May contributes to expanding drought in the West

One factor in the expanding drought is the fact that May 2020 was the fifth-warmest May on record. This probably exacerbated the dryness and contributed to a number of wildfires, according to the Drought Monitor’s summary. UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain points out, there are already hints of the next big heatwave on the horizon...