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climate change still up for debate?

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Climate change still up for debate?

Belinda Waymouth

Debate moderators have used immigration, gun control and abortion to contrast the ideological differences of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and her Republican counterpart Donald Trump. But they avoided climate change—an…


the $77 billion bug invasion

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The $77 billion bug invasion

David Colgan

Ten species of invasive insect account for $77 billion in annual global economic damages, according to the first in-depth study on the subject, published today in Nature Communications. Even that…





methane and microbes—making life happen

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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…


college kids: what will their lives be like?

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College kids: What will their lives be like?

Peter Kareiva

I just finished my first year at UCLA, where I got to know eight graduating seniors quite well. I now feel that “youth as our hope” platitudes have merit. That…


environmental lobbying’s clean little secret

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Environmental lobbying’s clean little secret

David Colgan

The public perception is that lobbyists fight for lax regulations, saving businesses money by allowing more pollution—often at great cost to public health and natural resources. That’s only one side…


earth day: then and now

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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…



the curtain draws on climate change

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The curtain draws on climate change

David Colgan

The stories of one famous tree—Methuselah, a 4,847 year-old California bristlecone pine—are the inspiration behind “Memory Rings,” an environmentally-themed play that will be staged next weekend by UCLA’s Center for…


school’s out for science

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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…


antartica could be headed for major meltdown

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Antartica could be headed for major meltdown

David Colgan

It was more than 16 million years ago, so times were different. But there was one important similarity with the world we live in today: The air contained about the…


renewable energy ignites debate

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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?…


geoengineering: one way we might turn out alright

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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…


back to school: unlearning nine environmental myths

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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…