Topical Tag: Politics and Policy

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California state and county officials falling short in evaluating use of agricultural pesticides

The state’s Department of Pesticide Regulation registers pesticide products; county-level agricultural commissioners issue permits for the use of “restricted” pesticides — those that present significant human health or environmental concerns. State law requires that when farmers apply for pesticide use permits, county agricultural commissioners must deny the use of a restricted pesticide when feasible safer...



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LA’s New Abnormal: Mega-Wildfires

Reception and Discussion


  The Nature Conservancy and UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability (IoES) invite you to LA’s New Abnormal: Mega-Wildfires Reception and Discussion   Seemingly every year, California breaks some record for devastation with a new wildfire. The Woolsey fire was the worst the Malibu area has ever seen, and it has been 100 years since...

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99% Preservation and 1% Densification

A Case for Urban Density along the Wilshire Corridor


The plan accommodates the city’s anticipated population increase—1.5 million people by 2050—by densifying less than one percent of its land. Comparing Wilshire Boulevard to major streets in other global metropolises, including Barcelona’s Avenida Diagonal and New York’s Broadway, they model real-world responses to growth and transformation that offer more sustainable strategies for Los Angeles. Moderated...


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Daniel Melling

Communications and Events Manager

UCLA Law Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment

Ari Simon

Strategy and Engagement Services

Los Angeles Regional Collective for Climate Action and Sustainability

William Boyd

Professor of Law

Sean Kennedy

Post Doctoral Researcher

California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA


Western Pond Turtle

Western Pond Turtle at-risk species assessment

The western pond turtle is California’s only native freshwater turtle. The turtle’s numbers have been declining due to urbanization, limited water availability, and competition or predation from invasive species — making it a candidate for listing under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) of 1973. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is performing a pre-listing...

Taking on health equity in Inglewood

Team: Kayla Asemanfar, Carlos Enriquez, Susannah Kiteck, Laura Martinez Villatoro, Brenda Sanchez Morra, Bryant Villegas Advisor: Moana McClellan Client: Social Justice Learning Institute

In the News



Dennis Lettenmaier in US News and World Report: EPA Head Says Drinking Water a Larger Threat Than Climate Change

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said that drinking water, not climate change, is the largest global threat. Some experts disagree. Dennis Lettenmaier, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles Geography Department, said he partially agrees with Wheeler’s statements on drinking water. Despite agreeing that contaminated drinking water is a “now” problem, Lettenmaier said it...



Ann Carlson in BBC: Why we need to reinvent democracy for the long-term

UCLA’s Ann Carlson was quoted in this BBC article about the future of democracy.   



Ann Carlson on 60 Minutes: Juliana v. United States

Ann Carlson is the Shirley Shapiro Professor of Environmental Law, and the inaugural Faculty Director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the UCLA School of Law. She is also on the faculty of the UCLA Institute of the Environment. Carlson spoke about Juliana v. United States on 60 minuets. “A lawsuit...