UCLA in the News

Morgan Tingley describes animal migrations in reaction to climate change

Publication: ABC News 

UCLA Expert: Morgan Tingley: Associate Professor, UCLA Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability 

Synopsis: ABC published an article discussing various weird ways climate change is affecting animal species. For example, polar bear inbreeding and bird ‘divorces’ have been observed. 

UCLA researchers show high-risk fire days could double by 2100

Publication: Bay City News 

UCLA Expert: UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, UCLA Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UCLA Department of Geography 

Synopsis: Daily Breeze reported on new UCLA research which showed that the number of high-risk fire days could double by 2100, as well as debriefing what can and cannot be done to combat this trend. 

Park Williams leads research assessing megadrought extremity

Publication: Voice of America 

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

Synopsis: Voice of America focuses on new research led by Williams. The study reveals the historic severity of the current megadrought which is the worst it has been for the Western U.S. in 1,200 years. 

Karen McKinnon discusses increased odds of unseasonable heat events

Publication: Los Angeles Times 

UCLA Expert: Karen McKinnon: Assistant Professor, UCLA Department of Statistics; UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability 

Synopsis: The Los Angeles Times published an article on climate change increasing temperatures and causing unseasonable heat as early in the year as the Super Bowl. 

Cara Horowitz emphasizes California’s role in managing vehicle emissions standards

Publication: Washington Post 

UCLA Expert: Cara Horowitz: Co-Executive Director, UCLA Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment; Co-Director, UCLA UCLA Environmental Law Clinic; Member, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability; UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs 

Synopsis: The Washington Post reported on how President Joe Biden’s decision to allow California to set environmental standards for cars could influence the rest of the country. 

Daniel Swain on Yosemite’s recently failed firefall event

Publication: SFGate 

UCLA Expert: Daniel Swain: Affiliate, UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability 

Synopsis: SFGate reported on Yosemite’s potential future with climate change and discussed its historic firefall phenomenon. During the firefall, the sun hits El Capitan’s Horsetail Fall at an angle that creates the illusion of fire spilling over. In 2020, however, this did not happen due to a lack of water. 

Michael Stenstrom investigated cause of Hyperion sewage spill

Publication: Southern California News Group 

UCLA Expert: Michael Stenstrom: Professor, UCLA Civil and Environmental Engineering; Affiliate, UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability 

Synopsis: Stenstrom was an investigator on the Hyperion sewage spill. In an official report, the investigation team concluded that the spill was caused by systems failure and human error.