Climate change

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UC awards $20M in research grants for decarbonization, pandemic preparedness and materials engineering

The UC National Laboratory Fees Research Program awards five new multi-institution grants, with more than half the funds going toward projects that can help California meet its climate goals.

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The 10 best research stories of 2021

The breadth and depth of UC research is without equal. Check out highlights from this year’s work on everything from deep space to agriculture here.

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California’s water supplies are in trouble as climate change worsens natural dry spells, especially in the Sierra Nevada

The State Water Project cut its initial allocations for water agencies to 0 percent for 2022. An expert explains why.

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Study shows climate-driven forest fires on the rise

The western U.S. will see an exponential increase in widlfire activity over the coming decades, researchers report.

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Managing water resources in a low-to-no-snow future

With mountain snowpacks shrinking in the western U.S., researchers analyze when a low-to-no-snow future might arrive.

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Atmospheric river storms can drive costly flooding — and climate change is making them stronger

The biggest rivers on Earth are actually in the atmosphere. Climate change is making them longer, wetter and stronger.

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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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How much wildfire smoke is infiltrating our homes?

Scientists investigate what homes are best at keeping the smoke out and what we can do to keep our air cleaner.

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Berkeley Lab scientists in international climate report point to urgent need to cut emissions

The report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says we must act soon, says Berkeley Lab scientist and contributor Charles Koven.

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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.