Happenings

This season has been a boon for California ski resorts but when future droughts hit there are reasons to be concerned.
Courtesy of Peter Morning

According to UCLA climate scientist Alex Hall and co-author Neil Berg, the Sierra Nevada snowpack, which provides 60 percent of the state’s water, has been severely diminished by human-induced climate change. If emissions levels aren’t decreased, the snowpack could largely disappear during droughts. The consequences of the Read more

Jessica Lynch Alfaro, an anthropology associate professor, said if an opossum gets hit by a car, sometimes the babies in the pouch survive and may be fostered by people. In Los Angeles, it is a more common practice to take them to the California Wildlife Center.
(Courtesy of Jessica Lynch Alfaro)

With a prize of $225,000 from the UCLA Sustainable LA Grand Challenge, UCLA researchers will survey residents and study mammals such as squirrels, raccoons and possums in a three-part study starting in April 2017 to better understand the relationship between animals and humans. Researchers will study the pathogens animals carry, how humans interact with mammals, and further document biodiversity in Los Angeles in order to uncover how Read more

Cameras and electronic sensors stand over the express lane south of the Slauson Avenue transit station on the 110 Freeway.
(Los Angeles Times)

In her op-ed, professor Herbie Huff of the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies, writes that the only effective way to decrease traffic congestion in Los Angeles is to introduce a dynamic tolling system. Dynamic tolling incorporates an automatic transponder that charges solo drivers while allowing carpools to drive for free with the price of the toll lanes varying based on the time of day and congestion. Similarly to how airline tickets increase in Read more

UCLA Facilities Management’s water efficiency project saves 28 million gallons annually. In the next few years, the total is expected to grow to 48 million gallons.
Nurit Katz/UCLA

UCLA’s extensive water-saving program was recognized as Water Efficiency Project of the Year by the Los Angeles Better Buildings Challenge at the third annual Innovation Awards ceremony on Tuesday, February 28. The water reclamation program at UCLA conserves 28 million gallons of water every year and uses this water to cool the campus cogeneration plant that provides efficient power to the university. This marks the second time this year that Read more

Photo Credit: GREGG JADEN VIA FLICKR CREATIVE COMMONS

Immense amounts of rainfall in Southern California this year have not only lifted the area out of extreme drought, but also greatly improved air quality. The combination of strong winds, which blow particulates out of the Los Angeles basin, and record amounts of rain, has resulted in significantly lower levels of air pollutants than during drought years. UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain comments that the clear and calm winter conditions that Read more