Universities must change, but how?

Peter Kareiva

Never has the pace of technological change been so rapid. Some would argue the pace of social and political change is similarly breathtaking. But one thing has remained essentially the same—the standard university course and curriculum. As a result, universities are out of step with the times, and have become subject to criticism for failing…



A crash course on climate change at La Brea Tar Pits

Amani Itani

The events, collectively titled A Climate Series for the Ages, seek to open a dialogue between the Los Angeles community and professors, authors, researchers and experts focused on the topic. The series actively engages audiences in expert conversations with live polling and other interactive elements, said Colin O’Brien-Lux, outreach and events manager at UCLA. It…



Understanding cities as more than just things

Hannah Pipes

With human impacts thus concentrated, you might expect urban areas to be a focal point of environmental research. That hasn’t always been the case, said Stephanie Pincetl, director of the California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA. In her recent paper titled “Cities in the Age of the Anthropocene: Climate change agents and the potential…



Ted Parson: It’s time to take climate engineering seriously

Amani Itani

According to UCLA Law School’s Ted Parson, those measures probably need to include climate engineering—large-scale manipulations of environmental processes to counteract global warming. That’s what he argued in an article titled “Climate policymakers and assessments must get serious about climate engineering,” published this month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Parson, co-director…