Topical Tag: Climate

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A crash course on climate change at La Brea Tar Pits

The events, collectively titled A Climate Series for the Ages, seek to open a dialogue between the Los Angeles community and professors, authors, researchers and experts focused on the topic. The series actively engages audiences in expert conversations with live polling and other interactive elements, said Colin O’Brien-Lux, outreach and events manager at UCLA. It...


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A Climate Series for the Ages

Living with Climate Change


This fall, the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, in collaboration with UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, has designed a new kind of climate series: a four-night conversation between the L.A. community and some of the world’s experts on all things climate. DATES: October 5 – Climate Change Cliff Notes October 19 – Earth and...

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Research Talk: California’s Climate Future

Water and the Sierra Nevada


When it comes to water, the Sierra Nevada has always been a feast-or-famine environment. As global temperatures climb with human emissions of greenhouse gases, how will this change? What is the future of the Sierra Nevada, and what does it mean for us?


Alan Barreca

Alan Barreca

Associate Professor

Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

Jamie Dix

Graduate student

Deepshikha Upadhyay

Undergraduate student

Priya Ganguli

Assistant Professor

California State University, Northridge


Eat Your Water by Sam Swartz

Although the last year brought much needed rainfall, California is still facing a long-term drought. In many parts of the state, crops and farmland remain under stress and the state’s agricultural economy is still under threat. One of the most egregious wasters of water is the beef industry, which not only takes valuable water from...


Quantifying the influence of global warming on unprecedented extreme climate events

N. S. Diffenbaugh, D. Singh, J. S. Mankin, A. Charland, D. E. Horton, M. Haugen, D .L. Swain, B. Rajaratnam, D. Touma

Published Work | 2017 | Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

The effectiveness of US energy efficiency building labels

Omar Isaac Asensio, Magali A. Delmas

Published Work | 2017 | Nature Energy

In the News



Survey: Earth and climate history

What if climate change were a game show? This Thursday at La Brea Tar Pits, it will be. As part of our interactive Climate Series for the Ages, we’ll be asking a live audience Family Feud-styled questions, then comparing them to results from this survey on Earth and climate history. You can play along by coming...



Scientist Daniel Swain on “Unprecedented Climate Conditions” Contributing to Deadly CA Wildfires

“California has experienced its record warmest summer, which comes immediately on the heels of what was quite a wet winter, actually. And counterintuitively, that sequence, that transition from very wet winter to record hot summer, may have actually contributed, to a significant degree, to the fire risks that we’ve been seeing…” Democracy Now! interviewed IoES...



‘Diablo winds’ fuel widespread destruction from fires in California wine country

The Los Angeles Times featured quotes from IoES Faculty Member, Daniel Swain, about the intensity and climate science that made the Northern California fires extremely destructive. 


Climate Change Town Hall

On April 21, 2017, Rep. Adam Schiff held a town hall on climate change at Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium. Center for Climate Science Director Alex Hall joined the panel, along with UC Riverside’s Francesca Hopkins and Caltech’s Tapio Schneider, to discuss how global climate change will affect us in California — and what we can do...