Topical Tag: Climate

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Why have so few countries taken strong measures to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions?

The Four Worlds of Carbon Politics: A Talk with Michael L. Ross, UCLA Political Science


ABOUT THE TALK: Why have so few countries taken strong measures to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions? We develop a novel theory to explain variation in carbon policies across countries and over time, based on the sectoral composition of a country’s economy and its position in the global economy. It suggests that the fossil fuel...

Lecture Series

UCLA La Kretz Center Annual Public Lecture: California on Fire

by UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science


Featuring Carla D’Antonio from UC Santa Barbara, Jon Keeley from US Geological Survey, and Seth Riley from the National Park Service. The event will be moderated by Victoria Sork, UCLA Dean of Life Sciences.

Special Event

California Climate Expedition

Learning About Climate Change Impacts and Solutions Firsthand by Bicycle


The UCLA IoES Center for Climate Science is pleased to announce we’re partnering with OnePulse to bring you the California Climate Expedition: a first-of-its-kind cycling tour and educational experience. Learn more about the event via the video and FAQ below, and contact OnePulse for more information or to sign up.   What is it? The California...


ari simon

Ari Simon

Strategy and Engagement Services

Los Angeles Regional Collective for Climate Action and Sustainability

karen aline mckinnon

Karen Aline McKinnon

Assistant Professor

Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, Department of Statistics

liz koslov

Liz Koslov

Assistant Professor

Department of Urban Planning, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

chad thackeray

Chad Thackeray

Postdoctoral Scholar

Center for Climate Science


known and emerging risks to islands

Known and emerging risks to small island developing states

Islands are particularly vulnerable to environmental risks from climate change and natural disasters.  These risks can be especially hazardous to a small-scale island economy and have cascading effects; for example, climate change vulnerability can negatively impact an island’s credit rating, further impairing its capacity for increasing resilience. In order to bolster islands’ resilience and adaptive...

sar zero waste team

Zero-Waste at Young Research Library: Effectiveness of Educational and Outreach Methods at Increasing Waste Diversion

Pictured above, left to right: Gustav Fiere, Elizabeth Tanner, Natasha Oviedo (Team Leader), Kate Zeile, and Malcolm Au (Team Leader)     SAR Zero Waste Team: Zero-Waste at Young Research Library: Effectiveness of Educational and Outreach Methods at Increasing Waste Diversion   Project Description:  The Zero-Waste SAR team will be conducting a research project on the use of...

sar resilience team

Developing A Comprehensive Resilience Plan for UCLA

Pictured above, left to right: Anh-Vy Pham, Sophia Bozone, Tory Coffin, Lea Le Rouzo (Team Leader), David Scolari, and Nicholas Caton (Team Leader)   SAR Resilience Team: Developing A Comprehensive Resilience Plan for UCLA   Project Description: The 2019 Resilience Team will work with the Office of Emergency Management to help develop a comprehensive resilience plan...


Recent warming of landfalling atmospheric rivers along the West Coast of the United States

Gonzales, K.R., Swain, D.L., Barnes, E.A., K. Nardi, and N.S. Diffenbaugh

Published Work | 2019 | Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres

Is society ready for precipitation whiplash?

D.L. Swain

Published Work | 2019 | Earth's Future

In the News



Daniel Swain on KCRW: LA sees weird weather this May

It was Bike to Work Day in LA, but the weather gods had other ideas. A storm came through this morning, which is pretty unusual for Southern California in the middle of May. There may be more rain in the next few days too. Climate researcher and weather blogger Daniel Swain calls it “Mayuary.”



Alex Hall in UPI: Climate model uncertainty helps scientists narrow range of predictions

Alex Hall, a climate scientist at UCLA, spoke with UPI about climate modeling. “Scientists and their models agree, the world is getting warmer and the climate is changing as a result of growing greenhouse gas emissions. But even the best models can’t say exactly what the planet’s climate systems will look like in 2100. ‘We...



UCLA’s Daniel Swain in Popular Science: Here’s what a ‘very likely’ sequel to California’s 1862 megastorm would look like

The Great Flood, unleashed 10 feet of rain and snow over California in 43 days at the end of 1861 and the start of 1862. The precipitation formed an inland sea that stretched 300 miles down the Central Valley and as much as 60 miles wide. At least 21 people died, the state declared bankruptcy,...


Inconvenient Environmentalist: Peter Kareiva Uncensored

Environmental scientist Peter Kareiva of UCLA has angered fellow environmentalists when talking about the environment. His unique take on things and tell it like it is style allows him to objectively view environmental issues without demonizing deniers. Reporter David Nazar has this exclusive interview.

UCLA Climate Scientist Aradhna Tripati: #infiniteLA

“I try to connect the research and education that I do on the environment, climate change and earth science to social justice and to the quest to create a much more inclusive and equitable world.” IoES Faculty Member/ Center for Diverse Leadership in Science Director Aradhna Tripati, as featured in The Broad’s #InfiniteLA video series...