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11.2.2015

Environment + public health: the new sustainability

Peter Kareiva

HIV, malaria, heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s. When we think about health, we often think about such tragic diseases and how we can avoid them. These diseases have touched my life and the lives of many of you. But there is another dimension to public health that is equally tragic, and one that has in the…


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10.9.2015

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…


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9.10.2015

Beyond tomorrow: why environmentalists need to get beyond instant gratification

Peter Kareiva

But our bent toward instant gratification — a key component of what helped us survive the environmental challenges of the Pleistocene — may well be our undoing in the Anthropocene. Even as environmentalists. Our Lizard Brains: Just Not Interested in Tomorrow We tend to think about instant gratification as a contemporary problem, with some of…


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7.27.2015

Why I’m coming to UCLA

Peter Kareiva

Over 40 years ago in high school, I fell in love with science and with nature. I entered high school science fairs. I took every science class I could. I took part in the first Earth Day. I took a week-long backpacking and canoeing trek in Canada’s Algonquin Park. I was hooked and committed. Since…