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2020 Pritzker Award Finalist Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner — “I envision simple things. Our islands, above water”

The world marks the 10th anniversary of the International Day Against Nuclear Tests today, August 29.  Though the nuclear legacy is considered a cold war relic by so many, this issue still burns bright here in the Marshall Islands. We remember. We carry a torch for this issue – and now for the ongoing threat...


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Eric Fournier in The Los Angeles Times: Should California ban gas in new homes? A climate battle heats up

UCLA researchers published a study last month concluding that Californians would probably pay more for energy under electrification mandates, and that “low-income residents of disadvantaged communities … will be most adversely affected.  But the study didn’t argue against electrification policies. Rather, it called for financial incentives to help low-income households buy electric appliances and for strategies...


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Leah Penniman in Sierra Magazine: Big Tent Approach to Climate Activism We Need

A diverse collection of essays in “All we Can Save” edited by Katharine K. Wilkinson and Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, offers fresh ideas, hope & solidarity. Pritzker finalist Leah Penniman writes about racism in the food system & how Black farmers are using heritage practices to reduce emissions & trap carbon in the soil.


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Daniel Swain in ABC 7 News Chicago: California’s ‘trillion dollar’ mega disaster no one is talking about

Disasters typically associated with the West Coast include devastating earthquakes and out-of-control wildfires, but there’s an epic disaster that could be far worse than both — and it could happen at any point.  Officials and experts call it the “ARkStorm,” and it is the other “big one” few are talking about. With California’s 2020 rainy season now underway,...


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2020 Pritzker Award Finalist Clara Pratte — “A Vast Land, and a Vast Future”

Growing up on the Navajo Nation I truly felt lucky to be there. The vastness of the land, the ability to play outdoors all day, raising sheep, understanding self-sufficiency, and being in close proximity to nearly every extended family member I never felt like I was lacking in what I needed. As I grew up,...


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2020 Pritzker Award Finalist Leah Penniman in Today: Soup joumou, a Haitian symbol of independence, at the center of Bon Appétit controversy

In “The Rise,” the recipe bears the title “Independence Soup,” but in Bon Appétit’s print issue and on the magazine’s website, the soup was published under the title “Soup Joumou,” referring to the beloved soup that many Haitians enjoy, especially on New Year’s Day. Soon after its digital publication, users started accusing the magazine of...


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Timothy Malloy in UCLA Anderson Review: Should Manufacturers Use Formal Procedures to Evaluate Alternative Materials?

“Green chemistry” laws, adopted by a handful of states and the European Union, aim to reduce the use of toxic chemicals in consumer products. These laws require manufacturers to determine whether there are less harmful alternatives and evaluate possible substitutes to make sure that they aren’t any more toxic than the substances they’re replacing. This...


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2020 Pritzker finalist Leah Penniman — “Free the people! Free the land!”

As a young Black child raised in the rural northeast, it was very difficult to understand who I was and where I belonged. Some of the children in our conservative, almost all white public school taunted, bullied, and assaulted my siblings and I, and I was confused and horrified by their malice. But while the...


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Brad Shaffer in Science Daily: Study of threatened desert tortoises offers new conservation strategy

A new study by Brad Shaffer supports a new conservation strategy. Climate change increasingly makes relocating threatened species necessary, despite the frequently low success rate. The study found tortoises with lots of genetic variation were much more likely to survive after their relocation.


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Jon Christensen in The Los Angeles Times: Proposed aerial gondola for Dodgers fans ignites controversy at Los Angeles State Historic Park

To the average visitor, Los Angeles State Historic Park looks to be an urban oasis — a serene expanse of rolling grass and shady glens tucked between Chinatown and the Los Angeles River. But the park’s assorted picnickers, joggers and children flying kites belie a long history of conflict, one that continues to this day....


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Dennis Lettenmaier in UCLA Samueli Newsroom: Nine UCLA Engineering Faculty Named Among World’s Most Influential Researchers

Clarivate’s Web of Science has named nearly 40 UCLA faculty in its newly released 2020 Highly Cited Researchers, including nine from the School of Engineering. Each year since 2002, Clarivate has presented a list recognizing research scientists who have demonstrated significant and broad influence in a chosen field or fields through the publication of multiple papers...


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Daniel Swain in The Los Angeles Times: The fire that devastated a Sierra town created a pyrocumulus cloud. What does that mean?

The Thomas fire created a huge pyrocumulus cloud in December 2017. The Mountain View fire that largely destroyed the small town of Walker, Calif., this week gave rise to a similar phenomenon.  UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain said seeing such plume-dominated fires anywhere in the American West is “pretty extraordinary by late November.”