Archive Tag: Economy

For many Los Angeles residents, the daily commute is frustrating. A project by three UCLA faculty members aims to change that — especially for those who ride to work on two wheels — by creating bicycle “flows” that produce real-time digital art exhibitions throughout the city.

One of the project’s goals is to make cycling to work feel as accessible and safe as other modes of travel, so the professors envision groups, or flows, of cyclists that would be organized by a smartphone app. The app would encourage reluctant or inexperienced cyclists to participate by pointing them toward those flows, suggest routes that are optimized for enjoyability and safety over efficiency or speed, and enable participants to share their experiences.

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The UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation has developed new research identifying how effective certain incentives can be in motivating people to use less energy in their homes. As customers are often encouraged by electricity providers to reduce consumption in order to prevent blackouts, the researchers found that promotional messages actually prove effective at motivating customers to use less energy.

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Ethan Elkind, director of the Climate Change and Business Research Initiative of UC Berkeley and UCLA Schools of Law, was featured on KPCC’s AirTalk segment discussing the California Green New Deal Act. California Democratic legislators introduced the California Green New Deal Act on January 6. It aims to set ambitious goals for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the creation of more affordable housing, and the reduction of income inequality in the state. 

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The capture of carbon dioxide and conversion into commercial products, such as fuel or construction materials, has the potential to become a new global industry, according to a study published in Nature conducted by researchers from UCLA, University of Oxford and five other institutions. The study is the most comprehensive report of its kind investigating the future scale and cost of 10 methods to use carbon dioxide. 

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