L.A. County gets C+ from UCLA on environmental issues

Region has made progress, but dirty air, polluted water, resource inequality and lack of data still pose problems



A look inside the study: UCLA gives L.A. County a C+ on the environment

By Alison Hewitt Originally posted in UCLA Newsroom UCLA today issued the first comprehensive environmental report card for Los Angeles County. The county’s overall performance marks it as an unimpressive C+ student. (Read the full news release.) The grades and key findings for each area: Water: C Despite major gains in water conservation over the...



New Solutions For Dire California Drought

Originally aired on March 24, 2015 Yoram Cohen, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and a member of the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, was interviewed by NPR’s OnPoint about desalination as a potential solution for the state’s water crisis.    



Microbeads: Water’s Tiny Trash Problem

Originally posted by KCET’s “SoCal Connected” It’s a new kind of plastic that is too small to recycle and too tiny to filter out of our waste water. They are called microbeads. Thousands of them are put into skin cleansers, exfoliates and even toothpaste. They end up in our oceans, consumed by fish and coral...



IoES Professor Appointed as L.A. County Regional Planning Commissioner

Dr. Stephanie Pincetl has been selected to the Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission (RPC) by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. Supervisor Kuehl was recently elected to represent the Third District in Los Angeles County, a region of two million constituents and 431 square miles.



Submission: Eco-friendly approaches to landscaping can cut water usage

By Alessandro Lallas and Joshua Naftulin Originally published in the Daily Bruin Amidst the bore and bustle of everyday life on campus, California’s current drought is likely an afterthought for the average UCLA student. But the university and its students are not free from responsibility in this crisis. Since January 2014, Gov. Jerry Brown has...



Taking on Water

UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and Hammer Museum partner to present a year-long series of public programs about water



Sacramento beats L.A. in water conservation

Sacramento residents recently achieved something significant in dealing with the drought gripping California: In November, they used less water per person than residents of Los Angeles.


UCLA-led study shows how rivers of meltwater on Greenland’s ice sheet contribute to rising sea levels

Research will help improve understanding of global warming’s impact



UCLA researchers project Southern California rainfall levels through end of century

Models show more precipitation will be rain instead of snow, which would increase flood risk and limit chance to capture water



Los Angeles, City of Water

On December 7, 2014, The New York Times Week in Review included an opinion editorial piece by JACQUES LESLIEDEC which focuses about how the Los Angeles Region is leading the way in the arid Southwest for cities that are becoming “water sustainable” reducing their reliance on imported water from other regions and making better use of local resources.



Coping with the California Drought

On November 24, 2014 at the request of the Long Beach Water Department the Aquarium of the Pacific convened a group of 10 water experts from throughout California and one from Arizona to characterize the severity of the Southern California drought, and to recommend what actions should be taken now to reduce its impact. UCLA...