2022

"Bay Area hazardous sites at risk from rising seas"


NPR (KQED-FM) interviewed Dr. Lara Cushing about the impact of sea level rise on current and former industrial sites in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Ocean waves

More than 900 hazardous sites — power plants, sewage treatment plants, refineries, cleanup areas and other facilities — across California could be inundated with ocean water and groundwater by the end of the century, according to climate scientists at UCLA and UC Berkeley.

“Climate change is presenting new risks that can lead to excess releases of hazardous materials from these highly industrialized parts of our coastline,” said UCLA’s Dr. Lara Cushing. “Our analysis also shows that communities of color are much more likely to live near one of these risk sites, as are lower-income communities.”

Cushing and UC Berkeley’s Rachel Morello-Frosch, both environmental health scientists, last year launched an interactive tool, Toxic Tides, mapping California’s hazardous sites that could be inundated by sea level rise.

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Lara Cushing
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Jian Li
Jian Li
Environmental Health Sciences Epidemiology
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Mel Suffet
Irwin Suffet
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Andre Nel
André Nel
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Dr. Yifang Zhu
Yifang Zhu
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Pablo Cicero-Fernandez
Pablo Cicero-Fernandez
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Arthur Cho
Arthur Cho
Environmental Health Sciences
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Richard J. Jackson
Richard J. Jackson
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Jane Valentine
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Kirsten Schwarz
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Michael Collins
Michael Collins
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Michael Jerrett
Michael Jerrett
Environmental Health Sciences
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Feng Gao
Feng Gao
Environmental Health Sciences
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Dr. Oliver Hankinson
Oliver Hankinson

Dr. Hankinson is a Distinguished Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and of EHS, and Chair of the Molecular Toxicology IDP

Environmental Health Sciences
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Dr. Beate Ritz
Beate Ritz
Environmental Health Sciences Epidemiology
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Nicole Green
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Dr. Robert Schiestl
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Angelo J Bellomo
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Niklas Krause
Environmental Health Sciences Epidemiology
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Curtis Eckhert
Curtis Eckhert
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Brian Cole
Brian Cole
Environmental Health Sciences
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Dr. Daniel Uslan
Daniel Uslan
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Dr. Candace Tsai
Candace Tsai

Associate Professor for Industrial Hygiene and Environmental Health Sciences

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Dr. Wendie Robbins
Wendie Robbins
Environmental Health Sciences
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Arabzadah, Hamid
Hamid Arabzadeh
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Rosenstock
Linda Rosenstock
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Richard Ambrose
Richard Ambrose
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Miriam Marlier
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Jesus Araujo
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Rachael Jones
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Pouran D. Faghri
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Dr. Shane Que Hee
Shane Que Hee

Industrial Hygiene & Analytical Chemistry

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Timothy Malloy
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