Archive Tag: Climate Change

A new study led by UCLA’s R. Jisung Park, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, shows that hot weather significantly increases the risk of both outdoor and indoor workplace accidents and injuries. It is estimated that high temperatures already cause about 15,000 injuries per year in California, and this number is set to increase as climate change raises average high temperatures.

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Members of The Promise Institute for Human Rights, part of the UCLA School of Law, played a large role in developing a new legal definition for ecocide. In part, the new definition includes any, “unlawful or wanton acts committed with knowledge that there is a substantial likelihood of severe and either widespread or long-term damage to the environment being caused.” Should this definition be accepted by the international community, it could be revolutionary in holding corporate and governmental decision makers personally responsible for damages to the environment.

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A new study led by Karen McKinnon (UCLA Department of Statistics, UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability) shows how the intense decreases in humidity experienced by the United States Southwest increases the threat of wildfires. Researchers found that since 1950, humidity in the region dropped an average of 22% on the hottest summer days. California and Nevada saw the most extreme drops, up to 33%.

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UCLA law students participating in the California Environmental Legislation and Policy Clinic, hosted by UCLA Law’s Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, conducted wildfire research used to inform Senate Bill 63, introduced by Sen. Henry Stern. Through the aggregation of information from various, often conflicting sources, they created a thorough proposal for local-level wildfire prevention.

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