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4.3.2017

New York Times: China poised to take lead on climate after Trump’s move

“Trump’s rejection of regulatory action on climate change creates a vacuum in global climate leadership that China can now seize,” said Alex L. Wang, a law professor and China environmental expert at the University of California, Los Angeles. 


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4.3.2017

KPCC-FM’s “Take Two”: Trump’s climate policy order challenges California’s clean-air efforts

UCLA environmental lawyer Cara Horowitz said, “States like California and environmental organizations will take EPA to court and say, “Look, EPA can’t undo this rule just based on a political whim, it needs a strong administrative record justifying why it’s changing its mind after spending so much time and energy justifying the first rule.”


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4.3.2017

NPR’s “Morning Edition”: Climate engineering scientists shun president

“To the extent you’re in a political setting where misinformation about climate change is being spread, efforts to cut emissions are being undermined or threatened,” [UCLA’s Ted] Parson told NPR, “then that suggests the possibility that the risks of pursuing research of this kind might actually outweigh the benefits.”


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4.3.2017

Agence France-Presse: State prepares for war with Trump on environment

Cara Horowitz, co-executive director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA, said that while it is impossible to predict the outcome of a showdown between California and the Trump administration, the state’s track record in combatting pollution was a plus. 


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4.3.2017

The Atlantic: How U.S. protects environment, from Nixon to Trump

“The EPA gets challenged a ton, but they win most of the time,” Ann Carlson, a professor of environmental law at UCLA. “And one of the reasons they win, even with conservative courts, is that they’re very careful in really examining the science and building an administrative record that demonstrates expertise, and care, and thoughtfulness.”


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4.3.2017

New York Times: President signs executive order unwinding climate policies

But experts say that without action from the United States, China’s efforts to curb emissions may slow. “It may empower business and political interests within China that still opposed climate action,” said Alex L. Wang, a legal scholar of Chinese environmental policies at the University of California, Los Angeles.


Student Blog

4.2.2017

Losing childhood places in an age of regulatory rollback

by Kyla Wilson I was raised on the sandstone hills above San Elijo Lagoon, just a couple miles south of Batiquitos Lagoon. As a child, these inlets where river runoff meet ocean were sanctuaries from suburbia. Each time we visited, I hoped to spot a Great Blue Heron, the elusive grey guardian of the marshes....


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3.29.2017

Science Daily: When air pollution is bad, know how to protect yourself

Yifang Zhu, professor of environmental health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, says there are steps we can take to protect ourselves and our families from air pollution, which has well-documented negative consequences for childhood asthma, birth outcomes, pregnancy risks, cardiovascular health, and other diseases.


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3.29.2017

Discover Magazine: The secret in your sushi

A recent study performed by the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UCLA sampled from 26 sushi restaurants in Los Angeles from 2012-2015. Led by Demian A, Willette and Sara E. Simmonds, this study found that a whopping 47% of samples were mislabeled.


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3.28.2017

KPCC-FM: State to fight methane leaks from pipes, underground storage sites

“Here in L.A. we have a high concentration of oil drilling in communities like Wilmington,” said UCLA Law’s Sean Hecht. “And in those situations, it affects people’s health directly,” because often they are living alongside well pads, pipelines, and other gas infrastructure.


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3.28.2017

Christian Science Monitor: In break with Trump administration, California commits to cleaner cars

Ann Carlson, a professor of environmental law at UCLA, told the Atlantic’s Meyer that “I thought that [Scott] Pruitt’s testimony [at his hearing for the top EPA post] was sufficiently broad that it’s conceivable that EPA could just start denying its waiver authority for broader conventional pollutants.”  


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3.28.2017

Los Angeles Times: California commits to cleaner cars

Ann Carlson, an environmental law professor at UCLA, said negotiations still could resolve disagreements and preserve a single national standard. And if they don’t? “The other possibility is it’s full-out war,” Carlson said.