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CityAdapt Blog – Rising Seas in California: How Are Coastal Communities Adapting?

Our climate is changing in unprecedented ways. Here in California, one effect of climate change—sea level rise—generates great concern for coastal cities. And the sea is already rising. Over the next century, sea level rise in the Los Angeles region is more

CityAdapt Blog – Rehabilitating the Yarqon River in Israel Under Water Scarcity Conditions

The Yarqon River Authority is a statutory authority that was established in 1988 under the Israeli Streams and Springs Authorities Law (1965). It incorporates 18 different public organizations, including seven local authorities bordering the river banks, government ministries, and others. The Authority’s more

Dr. Sheron Mark Wins Scholar Award and Earns New Faculty Position

CURes Researcher Dr. Sheron Mark has won a National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) Equity and Ethics Committee 2015 Jhumki Basu Scholar Award. Dr. Mark holds a B.S. in Biochemistry and M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Syracuse University. more

Flipped-out Sailors Along Santa Monica Bay

Earth Day weekend (April 25, 2015) brought a surprise to beaches along Santa Monica Bay–shoals of Velella velella, known as by-the-wind sailors, washing ashore Santa Monica Bay beaches. Alive, these small jellies are a striking blue in color, and are more

The Local and The Global

When taking my first graduate course on the ethics and politics of the environment, my professor assigned Wendell Berry’s The Gift of Good Land (1981). Berry is an advocate for sustainable agriculture and its virtues for community resilience. Today’s food more

Response to Baltimore

Last night, I watched from the opposite coast as news coverage showed Baltimore, my adopted city, burning. I watched the violence and destruction at Mondawmin Mall, where I shopped. I watched it on North Avenue and Fulton, where I made more

CURes Sustainability Fellow in the News

Our own Viktoria Kuehn, a recent graduate of LMU and current CURes Sustainability Fellow, was featured in the The Los Angeles Loyolan’s article about Earth Day at LMU: http://www.laloyolan.com/news/aslmu-hosts-earth-week-events/article_73a581b1-89ba-5d23-8466-217f2d392dea.html  

The Ballona Wetlands: Nature’s Water Treatment System

Coastal wetlands, like the Ballona Wetland salt marsh, provide a valuable array of ecosystem functions involving many physical-biological interactions that, for example, support biodiversity, abate flooding, sequester carbon, and purify water (Zedler and Kercher 2005).  In purifying water, these systems more

Director’s Blog – Happy Earth Day 2015

From the vantage point of being from the Baby Boom Generation, I remember well the first Earth Day in April 1970. Organized by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson, Earth Day gave voice to a profound collective anxiety felt by the millions more

Director’s Blog – Is the World Using Too Much Cement?

A weighty question indeed. When we consider the ecology of human expansion, certain raw materials are the fuel of social and economic transformation. The insatiable appetite of the industrial revolution of the 19th century was fed by coal and wood. more

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