UCLA in the News

Glen Macdonald sheds light on disparities between water restriction policies throughout SoCal neighborhoods

Publication: L.A. Times 

UCLA Expert: Glen Macdonald: WMRC Director, John Muir Memorial Chair, Distinguished Professor, Department of Geography; Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Member, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability 

Synopsis: The L.A. Times featured Macdonald in a recent article, which discussed how different regions in California may expect to see policy changes depending on their water allocation needs. 

Kian Goh spoke on the future of public parks

Publication: The New Yorker 

UCLA Expert: Kian Goh: Associate Faculty Director, Institute on Inequality and Democracy; Assistant Professor, Urban Planning; Member, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability 

Synopsis: Goh was featured in a discussion on the decolonization of green spaces and the history of racism engraved in current public parks, where she provided insight on conquering these challenges. 

Park Williams announces an early start to the Southwest’s fire season

Publication: NPR News 

UCLA Expert: Park Williams: Associate Professor and Ladder Faculty, Department of Geography 

Synopsis: Officials in the southwestern United States are anticipating an early start to this year’s fire season. Williams discussed various opinions on this season’s variation, and said scientists are attributing these unusually dry seasons to climate change. 

Sean Hecht discusses alleged disinformation perpetuated by Exxon about the plastics industry

Publication: L.A. Times 

UCLA Expert: Sean Hecht: Co-Executive Director, Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment; Evan Frankel Professor of Policy and Practice, Co-Director, UCLA Law Environmental Law Clinic; Member, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability 

Synopsis: Hecht discussed a California AG investigation into the plastics industry and alleged disinformation relating to that industry, comparing it to cases about lead paint and climate change. 

Alex Hall and Daniel Blumstein warn that climate change could significantly impact our daily lives

Publication: CBS 

UCLA Experts: Alex Hall: Professor, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science; Professor, Institute of the Environmental and Sustainability; Director, Center for Climate Science 

Daniel Blumstein: Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Member, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability 

Synopsis: Hall and Blumstein were featured in a CBS News report suggesting we only have eight years left to alter our current trajectory.  

Colleen Callahan discusses how clean vehicles are not being allocated efficiently

Publication: ABC7 News 

UCLA Expert: Colleen Callahan: Co-Executive Director, Luskin Center for Innovation; Affiliate, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability 

Synopsis: ABC7 News described different methods for reducing air pollution, including the increased distribution of electric vehicles in rural areas. Callahan claimed the current allocation of these electric vehicles is inefficient. 

Seth Riley spoke on the importance of the new wildlife crossing over the 101 freeway

Publication: KPCC 

UCLA Expert: Seth Riley: Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Member, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability 

Synopsis: Riley was featured in a KPCC segment on a new wildlife crossing over the 101 freeway. Experts are hopeful that the crossing will help restitch an ecosystem that has largely been severed by the freeway and bring back bobcat, coyote, and mountain lion populations.  

Danna Ellis Hunnes discusses the benefits of eating a plant based diet

Publications: Discover, The Hill 

UCLA Expert: Dana Ellis Hunnes: Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences 

Synopsis: Two articles featured Hunnes, which discussed the various benefits to your body and the planet related to eating a whole food, plant-based diet. 

UCLA News: Hunnes discussed her take on plant based foods in both articles.