Research Breakthroughs and Announcements

Southern California high-risk wildfire days set to significantly increase by end of century

Recently published UCLA-led research suggests that the disparity between Northern and Southern California wildfire increases is set to disappear, with Southern California facing significant increases in the number of high-risk wildfire days. Most of these additional high-risk days would manifest at the beginning and end of present-day wildfire season, making the season longer and more dangerous. 

UCLA research studies lion and leopard skulls to reveal high levels of illegal poaching

New UCLA research used low-cost forensics to reveal unsettlingly high levels of snaring and shotgun injuries to lions and leopards in Zambia. This harm is due to illegal poaching activities. The study was led by Paula White, a UCLA biologist at the Center for Tropical Research within the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and the director of the Zambia Lion Project. She worked alongside UCLA professor emerita of ecology and evolutionary biology, Blaire Van Valkenburgh. 

UCLA Institute of Carbon Management receives donation from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative recently committed to donating $21 million to the UCLA Institute of Carbon Management, housed within the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering. This donation will enable the further development of promising carbon removal technology with the intention of bringing innovation from the lab to the field and validating such projects through real-world testing. 

UCLA-led research reveals megadrought in Southwest U.S. is region’s worst in 1,200 years

New research led by UCLA geographer Park Williams was recently published in the journal Nature Climate Change. The study revealed that the megadrought, a drought lasting two decades or more, currently being experienced in southwestern North America is the region’s worst in at least 1,200 years. A collaboration between scientists from UCLA, NASA and Columbia Climate School, this research also assessed the relationship between drought severity and climate change. 

UCLA-led study lays out multiple benefits of electrifying New Delhi’s ride-share vehicles

New Delhi’s status as one of the most polluted and densely populated cities in the world, in addition to its reliance on ride-share programs, made it a great subject for new research led by Deepak Rajagopal, an assistant professor at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. The study created a comprehensive framework for electrifying the city’s ride-share fleet, a transition which would significantly improve air quality and lead to economic benefits. 

New UCLA food studies institute will tackle global challenges including climate change

The UCLA Rothman Family Institute for Food Studies will bring together interdisciplinary scholars and chefs in the pursuit of a healthier population and planet. Founded on robust undergraduate minor and graduate certificate programs, the institute will bolster the UC Office of the President’s Global Food Initiative, which explores how society will feed a growing population that is expected to reach eight billion by 2025.