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Arthur Winer Opinion in Los Angeles Times — Letters to the Editor: It’s a shame Mary Nichols won’t lead Joe Biden’s EPA

“While we support environmental justice goals, as air pollution researchers with a century of experience between us, we are dismayed at the single-issue attacks on Mary Nichols’ distinguished record that prevented her selection as head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,” says Arthur Winer, professor emeritus, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Environmental Science and Engineering...


What they’re reading: 2020 Pritzker Genius Award book recommendations

One of our favorite Pritzker Award traditions is the book bar. Each candidate selects a book to share with attendees. At the 2020 ceremony, of course, our book bar was virtual. Here are the faves from our 2020 class, with notes from the candidates on why they chose the book they did.  Nikola Alexandre Arts...


Ann Carlson in The Los Angeles Times:

Through four governors, two Obama terms and the Trump administration, Mary Nichols has led the charge to clean up California’s smog and fight climate change. In the process, she has earned herself a reputation as one of the most influential environmental regulators in the country. So with Joe Biden headed to the White House, it...


UCLA Institute of Environment and Sustainability in Forbes: California’s Natural Gas Bans Are Drawing Fire From Black And Latino Leaders

Achieving a gas-free future requires ignoring the cost impacts on the poor and middle class. Last month, a report by researchers, Stephanie Pincetl and Eric Fournier, at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability found that “whole house electrification programs are likely to exacerbate daily peak electricity loads and increase total household expenditures on energy.”


J.R. DeShazo in ABC News: Are hydrogen fuel cell vehicles the future of autos?

J.R. DeShazo, director of the Luskin Center for Innovation at UCLA, remembers when Arnold Schwarzenegger, the former governor, vowed to revamp California’s highways as “Hydrogen Highways” in 2004. The infrastructure to support hydrogen fuel for transportation never materialized. DeShazo doubts it ever will. “If there were stations everywhere, hydrogen would be an obvious solution,” he...


Troy Carter in WebProNews: US Plans to Build Nuclear Fusion Plant

The US is taking definitive steps toward nuclear fusion, with plans to build its first plant by the 2040s. “The community urgently wants to move forward with fusion on a time scale that can impact climate change,” says Troy Carter, a fusion physicist at the University of California, Los Angeles. “We have to get started.”


Daniel Swain in VICE: The Climate Scientist Who Is Demystifying Extreme Weather

Daniel Swain studies climate change at UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, and is dedicated to helping us understand our warming planet. Whether hiding from the smoke or sheltering in place thousands of miles away from it, Americans doomscrolled their way through the latest evidence that climate change is real, here, and happening now....


Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner in Scoop World: Pacific Island Artists Demand Governments Fulfill 1.5°C Promises In Film Series “Fighting For Our Survival”

Ahead of the 5th anniversary of the Paris Agreement, artists from the Pacific islands call for the international community to urgently defund the fossil fuel industry amidst the dual crises of climate change and COVID-19. The three-part film series, “Fighting for Our Survival”, is produced by youth-led grassroots climate network 350 Pacific Climate Warriors, the...


Jennifer Jay in The Daily Bruin — Professors 101: Jennifer Jay motivates students to combat environmental, sustainability issues

UCLA is home to some of the world’s leading researchers and experts – better known to students as professors. Jennifer Jay, a civil and environmental engineering professor has taught a variety of classes at UCLA in the last 18 years  As a professor, Jay said she is in a position to guide students through the learning...


Jason Cong Amongst Four UCLA Engineering Researchers Named to National Academy of Inventors

The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) announced Tuesday its 2020 class of fellows, including four UCLA Samueli School of Engineering faculty members. There are now 18 UCLA Samueli-affiliated NAI fellows.  Election to the NAI fellowship is the highest professional distinction exclusive for inventors and innovators from academic institutions.  Among those awarded is Jason Cong, UCLA’s Volgenau...


Ann Carlson in The New Republic: California’s Climate Policy Goes National

Yet after years in the trenches fighting the executive through both tweets and lawsuits, California is on the precipice of a major power shift. The Biden team wants Californian expertise. “One of the things that California has been so important for is really experimenting and demonstrating what works … so there’s a lot of opportunity...


Troy Carter in Science Magazine: U.S. physicists rally around ambitious plan to build fusion power plant

U.S. fusion scientists coalesce around a goal for the Department of Energy (DOE), the main sponsor of U.S. fusion research, to prepare to build a prototype power plant in the 2040s that would produce carbon-free electricity by harnessing the nuclear process that powers the Sun. “The community urgently wants to move forward with fusion on...