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2.23.2016

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…


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2.23.2016

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…


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12.1.2015

The best books for environmentalists: 2015 edition

Peter Kareiva

Environmentalism suffers from some tired old narratives. What’s the antidote? Fresh perspectives, taboo topics, new alliances, and cross-fertilization — because intellectual and conceptual diversity are just as essential as biodiversity. So here’s a year-end reading list of 2015 books (plus one from last year) that will challenge you to take a fresh look at some…


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11.17.2015

A top 10 environmental thanks

Peter Kareiva

But on the environmental front, we are constantly bombarded with stories of impending crises, environmental disasters, ecosystem collapse and species loss. Not only does this relentless doom-and-gloom depress everyone, such negativity presents a distorted view of the big picture and has been proven counterproductive in motivating environmental action. So let’s use Thanksgiving as an occasion…


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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…