UCLA In the News March 29, 2017

UCLA In the News lists selected mentions of UCLA in the world’s news media. See more UCLA In the News.

President signs executive order unwinding climate policies | New York Times

But experts say that without action from the United States, China’s efforts to curb emissions may slow. “It may empower business and political interests within China that still opposed climate action,” said Alex L. Wang, a legal scholar of Chinese environmental policies at the University of California, Los Angeles.

‘Moonlight’ director heads to Amazon for ‘Railroad’ | Christian Science Monitor

Darnell Hunt, director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, told the Monitor that he was happy about the discussion surrounding the lack of past diversity but that the talk had to continue. “We’ve got to keep this issue on the front burner,” he said.

How U.S. protects environment, from Nixon to Trump | The Atlantic

“The EPA gets challenged a ton, but they win most of the time,” Ann Carlson, a professor of environmental law at the University of California Los Angeles, told me this month. “And one of the reasons they win, even with conservative courts, is that they’re very careful in really examining the science and building an administrative record that demonstrates expertise, and care, and thoughtfulness.”

State prepares for war with Trump on environment | Agence France-Presse

Cara Horowitz, co-executive director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA, said that while it is impossible to predict the outcome of a showdown between California and the Trump administration, the state’s track record in combatting pollution was a plus. “My sense is that California has a long history of aggressively regulating pollution and getting these waivers,” she said. (Also: KPCC-FM’s “Take Two“)

Climate engineering scientists shun president | NPR’s “Morning Edition”

“To the extent you’re in a political setting where misinformation about climate change is being spread, efforts to cut emissions are being undermined or threatened,” [UCLA’s Ted] Parson told NPR, “then that suggests the possibility that the risks of pursuing research of this kind might actually outweigh the benefits.”

Alcohol use by vets with schizophrenia less common than thought | Medical Xpress

U.S. military veterans who are being treated for schizophrenia are much less likely to drink any alcohol than the general population. However, they are equally likely to misuse alcohol. And when they do misuse alcohol, it leads to worsening of their symptoms, according to a new study led by Dr. Alexander Young, a psychiatry professor at UCLA.

Is dairy good for you if it causes digestion problems? | Men’s Health

A problem arises, though, if your body doesn’t produce enough lactase to break the milk sugars down. And that’s a common side effect of growing older, says Dana Hunnes, R.D., a senior dietitian at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. “As infants, we require milk [preferably breastmilk or a similar alternative] to properly access healthful nutrition,” she says. But after that, we can get our nutrients from solid food, so we no longer need to drink milk. As a result, many of us lose the lactase enzyme that allows us to break those milk sugars down into smaller parts, says Hunnes.

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