Carbon Neutrality Initiative

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UC earns green accolades from Sierra Club, Princeton Review as a nationwide leader in sustainability

The University of California is once again a leader in sustainability leadership and achievement, according to new rankings.

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The archaic law stopping climate activists from keeping oil in the ground

Allowing conservationists to bid on public resources — held to a “use it or lose it” standard — could be a game-changer, experts say.

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UC ranks first among colleges and universities in green power usage

The Environmental Protection Agency puts UC on top in its new ranking, with nearly half of the university's electricity sourced from green power in 2020.

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Can we remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere?

Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is higher than its been for millions of years. A technique called direct air capture could help.

V. Ramanathan and the Asahi Blue Planet Prize

Climate scientist awarded prestigious 'Blue Planet' global prize

Renowned atmospheric scientist Veerabhadran Ramanathan's many contributions include the discovery of the super-greenhouse effect of chlorofluorocarbons.

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Genes that keep plants green: A discovery that can help us grow crops in a drought

Scientists have discovered genetic data that will help food crops like tomatoes and rice survive longer, more intense periods of drought on our warming planet.

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How to decarbonize California transportation by 2045

A report to the state outlines policy pathways to meet the zero-carbon time crunch.

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Team led by UCLA professor wins $7.5 million NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE

Researchers developed technology for turning carbon dioxide into concrete.

UC Irvine junior Neda Ibrahim

The environmental justice league

UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative student fellow Neda Ibrahim establishes a campus collective focused on community-driven, equity-based climate solutions.

Tracey Osborne

New UC Center for Climate Justice launches

The new center seeks not only to address the root causes of climate change, but also the broad range of associated social, racial and environmental injustices.

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