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Is L.A.’s plan for combating climate change realistic? | Los Angeles Times Opinion
(Commentary written by UCLA’s Mark Gold) In 2012, UCLA, as part of their Sustainable L.A. Grand Challenge, developed what seemed at the time ambitious targets for Los Angeles County and its 88 cities to reach goals that included getting 100% of their energy from renewable sources by 2050. That goal was initially met with skepticism, because the city was still hooked on coal. Today, the city is less than six years away from being coal free. Some 33% of its energy comes from renewable sources, and a workable plan is in place to raise that percentage to 80% by 2036.
How cities are trying to reinvent the bus | Wall Street Journal
Bus-only lanes are one of the simplest and most effective ways to speed up rides: A report by UCLA’s Institute of Transportation Studies found that dedicated lanes reduce travel time by 20% to 50%. Yet only recently have U.S. cities begun cordoning off bus lanes that are independent from other traffic.
Gary Orfield, a professor at UCLA and the co-founder of the Civil Rights Project, joined CBSN’s Kenneth Craig to explain how Supreme Court decisions made in the 1990s caused schools to start becoming resegregated…. “In 1991, the Supreme Court, in a case from Oklahoma City, said that desegregation was a temporary punishment, not a long-term requirement,” he said. “And a lot of school districts returned to segregated neighborhood schools and put pressure on court judges to end desegregation. Ever since that time, segregation has been increasing.”
“I think especially when we’re in somewhat traumatic times politically, that might have something to do with what’s feeding the horror frenzy,” said UCLA’s Tananarive Due. “We can extract some of that trauma out and watch strangers suffer and root for them.”
Can Alzheimer’s disease be prevented? | Boston magazine
Dale Bredesen, a physician scientist in the Department of Pharmacology at UCLA who’s published more than 220 papers on Alzheimer’s, has spent 30 years looking at the root causes of the neurodegenerative phenomenon in hopes of eradicating it…. Three decades later, Bredesen is confident in his hypothesis that reducing chronic inflammation in the body — by changing your diet, increasing exercise, getting better sleep, eliminating toxins, and reducing stress — may help stave off Alzheimer’s or reverse it when it’s already started.
Infectious disease specialist Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, of UCLA, said there’s no time to waste. “Trash and food waste attracts rats,” said Klausner. “It does pose a public health risk.” An out-of-control rat population can even lead to the spread of dangerous strains of salmonella and bubonic plague, he noted.
Political scientists and fellow consultants say the vicious cycle Myers is speaking about is a real problem — and low turnout numbers are only the most obvious of the consequences…. “By only focusing on these so-called likely voters, [campaigns] are exacerbating the gap between lower socioeconomic status, minority voters and perhaps higher-socioeconomic status white voters,” said Matt Barreto, a UCLA professor of political science and Chicano/a Studies.