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3.29.2019

Jon Christensen in Mackinac Center article: Sunny with a chance of apocalypse

In a January 2018 debate on climate change, Dr. Jon Christensen, an adjunct professor at UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, made a comment that typifies the green push to shift from fossil fuels to renewable sources. Christensen explained (at about the 3:35 mark) that he likes to think about the climate issue as...


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3.15.2019

Ursula Heise in Voices of America: Birds Without Borders

Ursula Heise, is the Marcia H. Howard Chair in Literary Studies at the Department of English and the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA.  She spoke with Voices of America about LA’s birds, urbanization and managing wildlife in cities. 


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3.12.2019

Jon Christensen in SF Chronicle: Passage of public lands act suggests way forward on a green new deal

Jon Christensen, founder of the Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies, write about a recent public lands act that passed in the house and senate.


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3.5.2019

L.A. County Earmarks Dollars For Park-Poor Neighborhoods

UCLA’s Jon Christensen spoke with my news LA about a recent measure by LA county on increasing funding for park-poor neighborhoods. “The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to allocate at least 30 percent of parks funding generated by a parcel tax approved in 2016 to communities deemed to be high-need. The...


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2.10.2019

Jon Christensen in AP: Despite fierce weather, Nebraska avoids climate change plan

Jon Christensen is an adjunct assistant professor in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, the Department of History, and the Center for Digital Humanities at the University of California, Los Angeles. In this AP article, Christensen explains why Nebraska may be hesitant to adopt a climate change plan: “The reluctance in Nebraska may be...


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2.7.2019

Ursula Heise & Brad Shaffer in Voice of America

Ursula K. Heise is the Marcia H. Howard Chair in Literary Studies at the Department of English and the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA. Brad Shaffer is the UCLA La Kretz Center Director and Distinguished Professor. In this article: “Is the Urban Jungle the Answer to Helping Some Endangered Species?” Heise and Shaffer...


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1.23.2019

Jon Christensen in KPCC’s “Take Two”

Jon Christensen is an adjunct assistant professor in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, the Department of History, and the Center for Digital Humanities at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a journalist-in-residence at the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, a founder of the Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies in the...


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12.30.2018

Catastrophic fires are a reckoning for Californians and their ‘new normal.’ Has the state reached a tipping point?

Jon Christensen is an adjunct assistant professor in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, the Department of History, and the Center for Digital Humanities at UCLA.  In this LA Times article, Christensen talks about the narrative surrounding California wildfires. 


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10.12.2018

Green Gentrification, Jon Christensen in LA Times

Concerns about gentrification in Los Angeles have reached the point where it’s not just art galleries and coffee shops that trigger alarm bells — parks and bicycle paths are in the crosshairs. Things are so bad that a proposal to improve bike safety and pedestrian access to parks along the Los Angeles River was recently...


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6.13.2018

The Case for ‘Sanctuary Cities’ for Endangered Species

"[W]hat if we deliberately offered sanctuary to endangered species in our cities—those that are native, of course, but also those that are not?" - Ursula Heise, in CityLab.


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6.13.2018

Wild parrots fill the soundscape in Los Angeles

"Parrots are not uncommon around Los Angeles. More than a dozen different species have established wild populations in the area, descendants of pet birds that escaped at some point and managed to make a home for themselves in some part of the sprawling metropolis," Ursula Heise writes in Elemental.


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6.10.2018

Endangered species and the case for ‘sanctuary cities’

Brad Shaffer, a biology professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, notes that cities not only destroy habitat, but also create new living spaces for animals and plants. (Wired)