Wi-Fi Access at State Parks | KPCC-FM’s ‘AirTalk’

A California parks advocacy group is calling for the Parks Department to ensure wireless internet access in all state parks … “What we’re finding is that parks are social,” said Jon Christensen, adjunct assistant professor in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA. “People are very social when they’re in parks, they do many of the things that they do in social media when they’re outside of parks.”

Climate Change Spells Good News for Shippers | Newsweek

Disappearing sea ice is bad news for the planet, but not everyone is mourning. “It’s great if you’re a shipper,” says Laurence Smith, a professor of geography at the University of California, Los Angeles, who studies the region … There’s big money to be made in the Arctic, and climate change is making that possible.

How to Survive and Thrive With Climate Change | Al-Jazeera America

A UCLA professor, Matthew Kahn, said there’s no turning back on climate change; it’s coming and we can’t stop it. But it doesn’t have to be as dire as the predictions. He’s the author of the book “Climatopolis: How Our Cities Will Thrive in the Hotter Future.”

Prop Planes Spread Toxic Lead in L.A. | Huffington Post

John Froines, professor emeritus of environmental health at the University of California, Los Angeles … noted that airport workers, such as those who pump the leaded gas, may face the most acute risks. “The U.S. is one of the few countries that still uses leaded gas,” Froines said. “This is an important issue.”

Smart Grid, Electric Vehicles And Demand Response Collaboration With UCLA

The Demand Response Research Center and UCLA’s Smart Grid Energy Research Center (SMERC) are exploring collaborative demonstrations of coordinated residential loads to provide fast demand response services at UCLA’s forthcoming smart grid test bed. Of particular interest is the use of electric vehicle charging load as a demand response resource using OpenADR to coordinate between grid needs and vehicle capabilities. SMERC Director Rajit Gadh is a member of the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.