Drought

Woolsey Fire

Is California ready for the wildfire season ahead?

Join UC experts on Friday, June 4, 2021, from 8:00 a.m. to noon, for a free symposium on wildfire research.

Red tomato hanging from a plant

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.

Grapes in a vineyard

Could wildfires ruin our wine?

Researchers are racing to find ways to help California's iconic wine industry adapt to a changing climate, including drought and wildfire.

Adam Lowdermilk

In the line of fire

Alum Adam Lowdermilk was a successful musician, but the tragic 2018 Camp Fire prompted a leap into firefighting.

Copter over the mountain

Extreme wildfires can create their own dangerous weather, including fire tornadoes — here's how

Extreme wildfires can fuel tornadoes, creating erratic and dangerous conditions for firefighters.

UCLA water faucet

UCLA to assess California drinking water systems to identify risks and solutions

An analysis of this scope has never been done before in the state.

Mathieu Prévot displays water collected by the harvester

Water harvester makes it easy to drink water from thin air

A device that cycles 24/7 to produce enough water from desert air to drink is close to hitting the market.

Women in western Kenya holding maize

UC Davis and USAID launch new research program to study rural poverty worldwide

The effort aims to find solutions to root causes of poverty and food insecurity.

Sierra Nevada forest dried out

Massive forest die-off in Sierra Nevada caused by multiyear drought

Nearly 80 percent loss at some elevations shows the devastating consequences of abnormally dry conditions.

Markus Kalmutzki, Farhad Fathieh and Eugene Kapustin set up the water harvester for tests on a rooftop on the UC Berkeley campus

Pulling fresh water from desert air

Powered only by sunlight, a next-generation water harvester has pulled drinking water from thin, desert air.

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