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

Sustainability at LMU – Recycling Our Water

Loyola Marymount University (LMU) started using recycled water for campus landscape irrigation in 1997. The water is supplied by LA Department of Water and Power (LADWP). It is secondary treated wastewater from the City’s Hyperion Treatment Plant which is pumped up more

LMU Hosts International Leaders from Pakistan focused on Militant Rehabilitation and Reintegration

Dr. John M. Carfora, Associate Provost, Research Advancement and Compliance Office of Academic Affairs and Dr. Eric Strauss, Executive Director of the Center for Urban Resilience hosted a delegation from Pakistan at the Marymount Center.  Along with Dr. Carfora and Dr. more

Urban Ecology: Science, Ethics and Public Policy

A couple of days ago I gave the second presentation in The Annenberg Foundation seminar, “Urban Ecology and Our Cities Future”. I spoke on ethics and urban ecology, with a particular focus on our relationships and responsibilities to urban domestic more

CityAdapt Blog – Local Adaptation Responses on the Global Stage

This week, I will attend the first-ever Global Adaptation Network (GAN) Forum in Panama City. The event will draw adaptation experts, practitioners and policymakers from across the globe to share ideas on how to build and successfully move forward adaptation more

CityAdapt Blog – Health Impacts from Heat Exposure in California

With more frequent heat waves predicted, it is essential to study health outcomes associated with elevated temperature.  By identifying vulnerable subgroups, some heat-related deaths, illnesses, and adverse health outcomes can be prevented.  Increased temperatures were found to have same-day effects more

CityAdapt Blog – PHASE: Public Health Adaptation Strategies to Extreme Weather Events

  Climate change models predict more frequent and more intense extreme weather events (EWE) for Europe in future decades. Great attention has been devoted to the health effects of high temperatures while the impact of other extreme weather events have more

CityAdapt Blog – The Iingcungcu Project: How restoring the nectar feeding bird community can identify and nurture leadership for biodiversity

Iingcungcu is an isiXhosa name referring to Sunbirds and Sugarbirds with long beaks. Inspired by the global decline in pollinators and the need to nurture leadership for biodiversity in youth, the study focuses on the interaction between nectar-feeding birds (the more

CityAdapt Blog – The Progress of Mediterranean Cities’ Climate Adaptation Planning: A Preliminary Report

Mediterranean-climate cities must cooperate to adapt to climate change impacts. To help jumpstart this learning, several co-authors and I are working on a project to examine the climate adaptation planning processes in these areas. The cities face comparable challenges because more

CityAdapt Blog – The Scoop on Regional Collaboratives: An Interview with Krista Kline of the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability (LARC)

In 2009, the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability (LARC) was established to mobilize support for local and regional responses to climate change in Los Angeles County. LARC brings together a network of decision-makers working on climate mitigation more

Follow CURes on Twitter