KPCC-FM: An L.A. County environmental report card is a ‘surprise and a disappointment,’ highlighting gaps for improvement
“Despite tremendous leadership in California and in the region on a wide variety of air quality and greenhouse gas emission reduction issues, we’re seeing in L.A. County that we’re still a C-student,” said UCLA’s Mark Gold.
Washington Post: Record-breaking climate events all over the world are being shaped by global warming, scientists find
A new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences analyzed the influence of global warming on extreme climate events, such as record-breaking temperatures or rainfall, all over the world. It found that climate change has had a substantial effect.
NBC News: California prepares to fight efforts to ease car emission rules
Trump is aggressively proclaiming that we should not be addressing climate change at the federal level,” said UCLA’s Sean B. Hecht. “And the auto companies have taken this as an opportunity…to say, ‘Hold on, let’s try to back out of this deal where we have these federal fuel economy standards through 2025.’”
AccuWeather: Thousands brave the elements to partake in March for Science in Washington, DC
“Scientists are servants, and we can never forget that, he said. “We serve the people, we serve this planet, and most of all, we serve the truth,” said UCLA’s Glen MacDonald.
EasyReaderNews: Savior or Albatross? Proposed desalination plant could decrease South Bay’s dependence on imported water, but has raised environmental concerns
“Having desal means Southern California gains water independence from Northern California. You can’t waive that off as insignificant. That can be quite important,” said Yoram Cohen, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the UCLA.
Here’s an Interesting New Video Series on Psychology and Climate Change
Climate Lab, a new YouTube series by Vox and the University of California that explores the behavioral science of climate change and attempts to mitigate it, is a smart idea for a series.
Why humans are so bad at thinking about climate change
“In terms of behavioral change, we need two things,” said Magali Delmas, a professor at the Institute of Environment and Sustainability at UCLA and the Anderson School of Management. “We need first to increase awareness, and then second, we need to find the right motivations for people to change their behavior.”
Why Are We So Bad at Talking About Climate Change?
What I learned through Climate Lab, a new video series I’m hosting in partnership with the University of California and Vox, is that most climate change messaging is filled with doom and gloom. This has the opposite effect in getting us to care and take action. Human nature is hard-wired for optimism, and we shut...
Vox: How psychology can trick us into keeping Earth habitable
Magali Delmas, a professor at the Institute of Environment and Sustainability at UCLA and the Anderson School of Management is on the hunt for these motivations, looking for simple ways to make climate change personal.
Scienmag: The dangers of being a saber-toothed cat in Los Angeles 12,000 years ago
While previous studies of these animals have demonstrated that injuries likely occurred during fierce battles, the UCLA biologists are the first scientists to study enough bones to determine how frequently the injuries occurred.
Phys.org: Dangers of being saber-toothed cats 12,000 years ago
“Consequently, we expected injuries in saber-toothed cats would likely be concentrated in the shoulder, anterior ribcage and spine, while those of dire wolves were likely to be more evenly distributed across all four limbs,” said senior author Blaire Van Valkenburgh, a UCLA professor of ecology and evolutionary biology.
KPCC-FM’s “Take Two’: Report washes away uncertainty about L.A. tap water
“I think this year’s annual report from LADWP really emphasizes the fact that you can guarantee that the city of L.A. provides clean, high-quality water to its customers, which is great. Reliable, safe drinking water supply should never be one of them, and they come through on that front,” said UCLA’s Mark Gold.