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UC’s Climate Lab video series has launched

Lauren Singer amazes M. Sanjayan with how little trash she produced in four years.


On April 19, UC launched an innovative new six-part video series on climate change, Climate Lab, in partnership with Vox Media.

Hosted by conservation scientist and UCLA Visiting Researcher Dr. M. Sanjayan, the videos explore the surprising elements of our lifestyle that can contribute to climate change and the groundbreaking work being done to mitigate its effects. The series aims to take the overwhelming subject of climate change and break it down into manageable topics to inspire viewers to transform the planet. The videos discuss everything from clean energy to food, religion to smartphones through interviews with experts, scientists, thought leaders and activists, including many researchers and experts in our UC community.

Watch the first video, “Why humans are so bad at thinking about climate change,” at the Climate Lab website: Future videos will be released on the site each Wednesday at 9 a.m. PDT through May 24. UC’s Facebook ( and Twitter ( accounts will also feature the videos as they are released.

The Climate Lab project builds on the UC system’s ongoing commitment to address climate change. UC campuses are leading groundbreaking research on the impacts of climate change and President Napolitano has made combatting climate change a key part of her agenda with her plan for the UC system to be carbon neutral by 2025. At a time when the importance of robust and sustained funding for climate change research is being debated on a national level, it’s more important than ever to invest in ambitious research about issues important to our state and nation’s economic health, prosperity and innovation and to communicate about it in a way that’s fact-driven as well as relevant and engaging.


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