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The curtain draws on climate change

The stories of one famous tree—Methuselah, a 4,847 year-old California bristlecone pine—are the inspiration behind “Memory Rings,” an environmentally-themed play that will be staged next weekend by UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance. “Memory Rings” traces changes in nature and humans over five millennia. Conceived as a meditative but playful work, it combines fairy…


Story

School’s out for science

David Colgan

Time was of the essence, but they weren’t rushing to a music festival or spring break in Mexico—they just didn’t want to miss low tide. It’s a routine that Denita Toneva, a senior majoring in environmental science, has gotten used to. “I’ve learned to schedule my life around the tides,” Toneva said. The students were…


Story

Antartica could be headed for major meltdown

David Colgan

It was more than 16 million years ago, so times were different. But there was one important similarity with the world we live in today: The air contained about the same amount of carbon dioxide. That parallel raises serious concerns about the stability of ice sheets in Antarctica, according to a study published today in…


Review

Renewable energy ignites debate

David Colgan

In front of a sold out crowd at UCLA, four experts debated the future of energy and the environment at Powering Earth 2050: Is California’s 100% Renewable Strategy Globally Viable? The Tuesday event marked the latest installment of the Oppenheim Lecture Series, which is produced by the UCLA Institute for the Environment and Sustainability. For…


Review

Geoengineering: one way we might turn out alright

David Colgan

At tonight’s Oppenheim lecture—live streamed here at 7 p.m.—a panel of four experts will debate California’s plan to move to 100 percent renewable energy, and whether the strategy could work globally. (This story is about a past event; a video recording is available at the above link.) The discussion will be moderated by Oliver Morton, a…


Voices

Back to school: unlearning nine environmental myths

Peter Kareiva

I have taught these introductory courses for 30 years, and have been consistently surprised by the erroneous certainties students bring to the first environmental science lecture. Rooted not in fact and science but in myth and fear, these certainties keep environmentalism from moving forward and being more relevant to the contemporary world. For my new…