Who's the likely winner in global climate change? The New North. With the world's population expected to increase by 40 percent while the planet warms, sparsely populated Canada, Scandinavia, Russia and the northern United States will become formidable economic powers and migration magnets, a UCLA professor says in the latest UCLA News Week videocast.
While wreaking havoc on the environment, global warming will liberate a treasure trove of oil, gas, water and other natural resources previously locked in the frozen north, enriching residents and attracting newcomers, says geographer Laurence C. Smith. He is the author of "The World in 2050: Four Forces Shaping Civilization's Northern Future," released this month.
Also on UCLA News Week:
- Professor David Hayes-Bautista, director of the Center for Study of Latino Health and Culture, discusses the abolition of slavery and the racial-caste system following the Mexican War of Independence and how these ideas of liberty resonated once California became part of the United States. This week marks the 200th anniversary of Mexico's independence.
- Researchers at UCLA's Institute for Research on Labor and Employment found the recession is finally taking its toll on national, state and local union jobs. Following several years of unionization growth in California, the state is now losing union jobs faster than any other state in the U.S., the study found.
- A unique therapy that involves applying electrical stimulation to a major nerve emanating from the brain has shown promise in reducing symptoms of depression. A recently completed clinical trial at UCLA found that the trigeminal nerve stimulation achieved an average of a 70 percent reduction in patients' symptom severity over an eight-week study period.
UCLA News Week is a high-definition video program highlighting new knowledge being created at UCLA. It is produced on Wednesday most weeks during the year. You can subscribe to the RSS feed, sign up for e-mail alerts and view past programs at UCLA Newsroom.