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Assistant professor quoted about the affect climate change has on rattlesnakes

Los Angeles Times

Oct. 20, 2021

One odd impact of climate change is the appearance of rattlesnakes. Rattlesnakes are cold-blooded and thus rely on their surroundings to maintain body temperature. What happens when temperatures go up? A slightly warmer climate could translate to more hours of the day when snakes are at their preferred temperature. It also means a longer breeding season, said Breanna Putman, a biologist and assistant professor at Cal State San Bernardino, indicating more rattlesnakes could be born each year. Of course, this means we could see more of them interacting with humans, Newsweek reported.

Read the whole article at "Butterflies, salmon, and rattlesnakes: Some examples of how nature is impacted by our changing environment." 

Criminal justice professor quoted in segment about hate crimes against Asian Americans


Oct. 20, 2021

A just released report shows the number of hate crimes against Asian-Americans in LA County went up from 25 in 2019 to 44 in 2020. That’s the largest number since 2001 and many of the crimes in the city of LA were committed against Asian Americans by other minority groups.

“The virus of hate affects everybody,” said Brian Levin, CSUSB criminal justice professor and director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, who said while the city did see a cluster of crimes committed by Blacks and Latinos against Asian Americans, they weren’t responsible for most of them.

“The stereotypes, though, may be exchanged throughout different races. But one of the things we also see nationally – and this also works to what we saw in LA – is that whites represent the highest volume of offenders,” Levin said.

Listen to the whole segment at KNX-AM. Segment starts around 16:53. 

CSUSB’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism referenced in article about anti-Asian hate crimes

Los Angeles Times

Oct. 20, 2021

A study of 16 jurisdictions across the country found a 164% increase in reports of anti-Asian hate crimes in the first quarter of 2021 compared with the same period last year.

New York saw the greatest increase, at 223%, followed by 140% in San Francisco, 80% in Los Angeles and 60% in Boston, according to the study by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino.

Read the whole article at "L.A. County reports 76% increase in anti-Asian hate crimes."

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