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Air conditioning: Environmental loss, human win

Paul Stainier

With a warming climate, a key win-lose solution is air conditioning. In hotter conditions, workplace productivity suffers, students learn less, and mortality rates are higher. Fortunately, we have a way to avoid the worst of these effects: AC prevents around 3,000 premature deaths a year in the US. Win. But energy-intensive American AC usage also…




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2020 senior practicum adapts to recent global conditions with strong research

Kaitlyn DeShon

Any scientist doing field work can tell you things rarely go according to plan. And in the case of this year’s senior practicum teams, they really didn’t. As the world reacted to a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic, seniors in the environmental science major at UCLA were hard at work. Every year, they complete a year-long capstone program…


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High school students showcase environmental short films in virtual contest

Sonia Aronson

Dave Farina of “Professor Dave Explains,” a YouTube channel that aims to increase science literacy and has a following of 812k subscribers, moderated the ceremony. “You persisted through the transition to online learning and the civil unrest we are experiencing in our country right now.” Farina said in his opening remarks. “You have all become…