Diamond, UCLA professor of geography and physiology, was quoted in an Economist article about the "great divergence," when Western Europe and parts of North America became extremely wealthy and much of the rest of the world remained extremely poor.
Preserving Biodiversity in Cameroon
The Los Angeles Times features an op-ed by Thomas Smith, director of the UCLA Center for Tropical Research and a professor at UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and the UCLA Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, about efforts by UCLA and other organizations to help preserve Cameroon's biodiversity as the country develops its timber, oil and natural gas industries.
Freeway Pollution Stretches Far
An article in the Los Angeles Times about monitoring pollution from Los Angeles freeways cited research led by Suzanne Paulson, professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences and a member of UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, showing that roughly a quarter of Los Angeles residents are exposed to noxious freeway fumes almost every morning. Environmental Science and Engineering Program alumnus Scott Fruin is also quoted.
Economic Opportunities in the Arctic
Strategy + Business features an op-ed co-written by Laurence C. Smith, professor and chair of the UCLA Department of Geography and author of "The World in 2050: Four Forces Shaping Civilization's Northern Future," looking at how global warming could open up new, previously inaccessible shipping routes through the Arctic Ocean by mid-century — and the economic, cultural and environmental pros and cons this presents.