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12.1.2016

Eight scientific visions for a thriving planet

Belinda Waymouth

At Earth Now: Earth 2050, UCLA’s top environmental thinkers gave short talks on the paths we must take to have a sustainable planet in decades to come.


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9.19.2016

A planetary perspective from Kathryn Sullivan, head of NOAA

David Colgan

Sullivan is Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the first American woman to walk in space. She’ll be at UCLA on October 18 to deliver the keynote speech of EARTH NOW: EARTH 2050, a massive, three-day environmental symposium at the Luskin Conference Center. I recently spoke with Sullivan to get her…


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7.22.2016

Methane and microbes—making life happen

Belinda Waymouth

But it’s the interaction between the two that truly made life possible—and it may even hold solutions for climate change. As far as greenhouse gases measure up, methane is a heavyweight—25 times more potent than carbon dioxide. But life as we know it wouldn’t exist without methane and the microbes that eat it. Earth’s entire…


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4.17.2016

Video: Students get their feet wet with environmental fieldwork

David Colgan

A few weeks ago, we told you the story of UCLA Senior Practicum students who braved wind, high surf and chilly waters to protect marine life. El Niño tossed them a curveball, but they adjusted their research plans and now hope to shed light on how climate issues affect biodiversity. Using footage provided by the…


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3.14.2016

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…