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Bringing cities together for a greener future

David Colgan

Luckily, they also have Yoram Cohen in common. Cohen is a UCLA professor of chemical engineering who takes a global approach to sustainability. Last year, while participating in a conference on Jerusalem, he was reminded of the two locations’ similarities. “One of the topics we covered was the city’s sustainability challenges,” Cohen said. It made…


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California’s urban residents have been left behind by 2006 parks measure

David Colgan

Ten years later, most of that money has been spent. But although the measure prioritized funding for urban, disadvantaged and park-poor communities, residents in those places have seen less than their fair share of the benefits. A policy report published today by UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability finds that Prop 84 failed to…


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Buildings loom large in street-level air quality

David Colgan

L.A. has made progress over the years. The notorious smog that led filmmaker John Waters to remark, “Only in L.A. will you glimpse a green sun or a brown moon,” has all but vanished. Cars are more efficient and gasoline burns cleaner—thanks to state regulations and research from chemistry experts like UCLA’s Paulson. “We changed…


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From Star Wars to sugarcane—the journey of Keith Kawaoka

David Colgan

Today, Kawaoka is the deputy director of environmental health for Hawaii. His responsibilities include sanitation, air and water protection, food and drug safety, toxic cleanup and vector-borne diseases. There’s a lot at stake for the state’s 1.4 million residents and 8 million annual visitors. It’s a tough job, but you might say that Kawaoka was…


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Debate on GMO foods heats up

David Colgan

On Tuesday, a different side of the debate took stage. Four scholars from across the country gathered at UCLA to discuss GMO foods. The event was the latest installment of the Oppenheim series, which seeks to inform public dialogue with expert perspectives on today’s most pressing environmental issues. (Scroll down for the full video.) Eliana…


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Earth Day: then and now

Peter Kareiva

The first Earth Day was covered for ten hours by The Today Show in 1970—a time when there was no cable television and network coverage meant a lot more than it does now. Nobody counted the exact numbers, but it is estimated there were at least 35,000 teach-ins around the United States. Congress took April…