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…



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…



Drought makes life hard for Los Angeles newts

David Colgan

In the southern part of the state, the California newt—Taricha torosa—has been showing up at breeding grounds nearly 20 percent underweight, on average. The drastic change has evolutionary biologist Gary Bucciarelli concerned. “They look really emaciated,” said Bucciarelli, a postdoctoral researcher with UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. “You can see the vertebrae and…



Honoring champions of the environment

David Colgan

But taking environmental issues to a global audience requires time, money and personal energy. At its annual gala last Thursday, UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability honored individuals who’ve made major contributions to that effort. Former Vice President Al Gore, whose landmark film An Inconvenient Truth shed light on environmental realities, thanked the honorees….



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…



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…