From the UCLA Environment Newsroom

Lake Oroville State Recreation Area affected by the California drought. Credit: Flickr, Ray-Bouknight

Beyond the Perfect Drought: California’s Real Water Crisis

The record-breaking drought in California is not chiefly the result of low precipitation. Three factors – rising temperatures, groundwater depletion, and a shrinking Colorado River – mean the most populous U.S. state will face decades of water shortages and must adapt.

Credit: Caltrans.

New Solutions For Dire California Drought

Originally aired on March 24, 2015 Yoram Cohen, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and a member of the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, was interviewed by NPR’s OnPoint about desalination as a potential solution for the state’s … Continued

Microbeads are often mistaken for food sources by fish, which digest them along with the toxins that they carry | Photo: 5 Gyres

Microbeads: Water’s Tiny Trash Problem

Originally posted by KCET’s “SoCal Connected” It’s a new kind of plastic that is too small to recycle and too tiny to filter out of our waste water. They are called microbeads. Thousands of them are put into skin cleansers, … Continued

District 3

IoES Professor Appointed as L.A. County Regional Planning Commissioner

Dr. Stephanie Pincetl has been selected to the Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission (RPC) by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. Supervisor Kuehl was recently elected to represent the Third District in Los Angeles County, a region of two million constituents and 431 square miles.


Taking on Water

UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and Hammer Museum partner to present a year-long series of public programs about water


Who Owns Water?
California laws determining ownership of groundwater are a convoluted tangle rooted in England’s common law. With the drought and other supply constrictors as a backdrop, a dynamic panel of experts illuminates who owns this necessity, why, and the ramifications.
October 29, 2015
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

La Source
​As Los Angeles dips into a time of water scarcity, the Hammer screens this documentary about a village in Haiti where obtaining safe drinking water has never been easy.
November 24, 2015
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Thriving in a Hotter Los Angeles
Achieving 100 percent water sustainability by 2050 is one of the goals of the UCLA Grand Challenge Team. Join some of the world’s top experts in climate change, water quality and supply, public policy, law, and more to discuss the feasibility of the goal, potential ways to get there, and the importance of local water self-sufficiency for L.A. businesses and families.
December 2, 2015
7:30 PM - 10:10 AM

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