Los Angeles Times

Karin Klein

Writer

Karin Klein is a former editorial writer who covered education, environment, food and science. She was the 2006-07 winner of the Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writers and a 2012 Logan Environmental Journalism fellow. She leads interpretive hikes as a volunteer naturalist and is the author of the 2010 book "50 Hikes in Orange County." Klein has worked at The Times since 1989. She attended Wellesley College and UC Berkeley and is an adjunct professor of journalism at Chapman University. She left The Times in 2015. 

Recent Articles

  • Will Zika fears cause a population gap?

    Will Zika fears cause a population gap?

    Imagine a full year, or two, during which a nation’s old people die but no new people are born. Picture an elementary school with empty first- and second-grade classrooms. Look further ahead to the years no new workers join the labor pool.How would a two-year collapse in the birth rate rattle a...

  • Decisions on SeaWorld's orcas and Griffith Park's puma reveal a dramatic shift in how we view nature

    Decisions on SeaWorld's orcas and Griffith Park's puma reveal a dramatic shift in how we view nature

    Southern California witnessed wildlife evolution this week. Not genetic changes to animals, but, rather, an evolution in the thinking of zoos and that giant aquarium company, SeaWorld. Two important decisions were made at nearly the same time: SeaWorld announced on Thursday that it would end its...

  • A better SAT, or just a better bottom line for the College Board?

    A better SAT, or just a better bottom line for the College Board?

    David Coleman, president of the College Board, wants everyone to know that the new SAT, which students will take for the first time Saturday, is just as good as the old test at predicting who would do well in college. Of course, he also wanted to be clear, in introducing the SAT to a conference...

  • Does killing urban coyotes create more problems than it solves?

    Does killing urban coyotes create more problems than it solves?

    One night a few months ago, as my husband sat in the backyard, a coyote appeared, so swiftly and silently that one moment it wasn’t there and the next, it was standing on the slope 15 feet away. My husband called me out to look; the creature was a beauty, larger than usual, in full russet-and-gray...

  • What's the absolute risk of eating bacon?

    What's the absolute risk of eating bacon?

    That sounded big, didn’t it? An 18% greater risk of colorectal cancer from daily consumption of about 2 ounces of processed meat? For many people, what that sounds like is, “Wow, I’ve got an 18% chance of getting this cancer if I eat this meat, on top of whatever my risk was before it.” But that’s...

  • Water desalination is here. But is it sustainable?

    Water desalination is here. But is it sustainable?

    In a very dry state, turning to the sea as a source of water for drinking, bathing and irrigation has its attractions. Desalination is drought-proof — the ocean is one pond we can’t empty so quickly. It’s more expensive, but the cost is relatively stable, and as technology makes the process more...

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