Topical Tag: Urban Issues

The Magazine

Understanding cities as more than just things

With human impacts thus concentrated, you might expect urban areas to be a focal point of environmental research. That hasn’t always been the case, said Stephanie Pincetl, director of the California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA. In her recent paper titled “Cities in the Age of the Anthropocene: Climate change agents and the potential...

Events



Lecture Series

Panel Discussion: Biodiversity in the Anthropocene

Join the UCLA Botanical Garden for an expert discussion about species that are flourishing in a rapidly changing world

5.18.2017

Biodiversity is undergoing tremendous change at the hands of humanity. As some habitats disappear and many wild organisms face extinction, other species flourish in novel ecosystems. Join us for an expert panel discussion which will examine the current state of biodiversity and the narratives which shape related public opinion and policy as we ask the question: how can we successfully coexist with nature on an increasingly technological planet?

People

Greg Jesmok

Undergraduate student

Nathan Davila

Undergraduate student

Mellisha Stokes

Undergraduate student

Laurel Hunt

Executive Director

Los Angeles Regional Collective for Climate Action and Sustainability

Projects

Environmental Storytelling Collaboration with KCET

LENS is collaborating with KCET, Southern California’s independent public TV and digital media company, to produce immersive stories that bring new voices and new ideas into environmental reporting and that bring our faculty and student research into conversation with diverse public audiences. In our pilot year (2017-2018), the project will focus on California as a...

Publications



Evaluating the Effects of Turf-Replacement Programs in Los Angeles County

Stephanie Pincetl, Thomas W. Gillespie, Diane Pataki, Erik Porse, Shenyue Jia, Erika Kidera, Nick Nobles, Janet Rodriguez, Dong-ha Choi

Progress Report | 2017

In the News

Headline

12.8.2017

VOX Photos: Southern California is burning

“‘The sky is orange, you can smell the smoke, and you know people are losing their homes,’ said University of California Los Angeles environmental scientist Glen MacDonald. ‘It really shows you our relative power to nature. We sometimes overestimate how much we can handle.” 


Blog

12.4.2017

Inhabiting a Post-Urban Twenty-First Century

The capitalist paradigm as a world economic system that works for people and the planet is failing. For cities and nature, shifting graciously and well into the Anthropocene requires a fundamentally different political-economy that reflects new ethics and priorities.


Headline

11.21.2017

Clothing Color May Affect Local Animal Behavior

It has long been established that even the most innocuous of human activities can impact animal behavior. From birds mimicking phone ringtones to grins triggering aggressive responses from primates, people often have a greater impact on animal behavior than they realize. Now, a recently published UCLA study on local western fence lizards (Sceloporus occidentalis) has...

Video

From Farms to Cities: Percolating New Ideas for Water Security

Sustainable Conservation a non-profit and IoES practicum client partner produced this video from an event held Sept 6, 2017 Following winter rains that pummeled the state, it’s easy for California’s five-year drought to recede in our memories. Resisting that amnesia is essential to our Golden State’s water future. We will explore how farms and cities...