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November 14, 2016
By Mary Ellen HannibalThe Trump ascendency is making a whole lot of people feel helpless right now, especially around his promises to gut environmental protections.  It’s not only climate change that necessitates we protect rather than pulp the environment now.  Species are disappearing at a record rate.  The World Wildlife Fund recently reported that in the last 40 years we have lost nearly 60 percent of vertebrate wildlife.  This is not just about polar bears going away...
July 29, 2014
UCLA and EDF release new report identifying opportunities to curb climate pollution and spur thousands of clean energy jobs in Los Angeles CountyThe adage “think globally but act locally” had new resonance for me on a recent trip to rural Wisconsin. At the time, I was putting the finishing touches on the Los Angeles Solar and Efficiency Report (LASER). Debuting today, LASER is a data-driven mapping tool designed to help communities identify opportunities to save households money, create clean...
May 05, 2014
National environmental justice pioneer, Charles Lee, spoke at the Luskin Center's SB 535 Investment Justice working conference and in this blog post, deccribes SB 535 as an important example of progress toward climate justice. Climate change is impacting our lives today, including record high temperatures, reduced air quality, extreme weather, severe droughts and sea-level rise, just to name a few examples. While we all share this burden, these impacts greatly exasperate the many...
June 29, 2013
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 Team members Dana Trans and Lauren Dickinson present to the Hermosa Beach City CouncilWhile most UCLA students were taking in-class final exams, a team of seven seniors in UCLA’s Environmental Science program had one final presentation - to the Hermosa Beach City Council. In 2011, Hermosa Beach set a goal to neutralize greenhouse gas emissions from the city’s operations in order to put the city on a path to becoming a carbon neutral community.  The City asked UCLA’s Institute of...
June 25, 2013
Check out a terrific newly released Next 10 report, Unraveling Ties to Petroleum: How Policy Drives California's Demand for Oil, authored by UCA experts Juan Matute and Dr. Stephanie Pincetl. The complete body of research identifies 15 California policies and their connection to the demand for petroleum. Each policy brief can be found online at www.next10.org, along with an Executive Summary that provides an overview of all 15 policies. The top five policies found to be the...
November 03, 2011
The Wall Street Journal lambasted California for its climate policies this week, just a day before the Los Angeles Times reported that "Clean-tech venture funding jumps as other sectors go wanting," with Californhia the overwhelming leader.  Did WSJ miss the link between California's environmental leadership and its clean-tech industry leadership, or more specifically the ability of California's climate regulations to help spur innovations in clean energy and other sectors? In response to...
October 28, 2011
Matt Kahn, Luskin Center Scholar and Professor in the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, Department of Economics, and Department of Public Policy, is quoted in a Washington Post piece about California's adoption of a cap-and-trade program. An excerpt is included below.As the old Louis Brandeis quip goes, states can serve as laboratories of democracy if they so choose. And California has just volunteered itself as a guinea pig for a particularly high-stakes experiment. The...
June 27, 2011
From: The Christian Science Monitor on June 24, 2011By: Matthew Kahn, Luskin Scholar and Professor of the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, Department of Public Policy and Department of Economics My subscription to Rolling Stone Magazine ended roughly 30 years ago but this piece by Vice President Gore is worth reading. Here is its last paragraph. "The climate crisis, in reality, is a struggle for the soul of America. It is about whether or not we are still capable — given...
May 09, 2011
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 From: The Christian Science Monitor on May 9, 2011By: Matthew Kahn, Luskin Center ScholarSamuel Clemens published under the pen name of Mark Twain. If Al Gore had followed this strategy for "Inconvenient Truth" would we now have passed more aggressive Federal legislation for slowing the growth of greenhouse gas emissions? I do not want to put a heavy trip on the Vice President but the fact remains that there has been a recent divergence between Republicans and Democrats on the issue...
April 01, 2011
 From: The Christian Science Monitor on March 30, 2011By: Matthew Kahn (Luskin Center Scholar)We know that there is always a "silver lining" of disasters. At a minimum, new government jobs are created as the public demands "action" and somebody must co-ordinate the rebuilding efforts. Whether the shock is the Moscow Heat Wave of 2010, 2005 Katrina or 2011 Northern Japan, how much do we update our prior beliefs in response to a very salient shock? Permit me to offer some quotes from...