Climate change

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California universities launch experiment to go carbon-neutral 'at scale'

UC pledges to stop contributing to climate change while going about its normal business. Can the lessons we’re learning here be scaled up to the nation and the world? 


When the elephants go, what will be left behind?

Loss of large land mammals could change landscapes forever. Earlier extinctions had significant impacts on both flora and other fauna that persist to this day.

Wind turbines

Bending the curve on climate change for California and the world

UC’s top climate experts are convening to create a practical blueprint for tackling climate change in advance of the Paris United Nations Climate Summit.

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Sustaining our salad

Multidisciplinary researchers win specialty-crops grant for project to improve lettuce crops.

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Leading thinkers address polar region changes

Global climate change’s impact on the poles will be focus of an upcoming meeting hosted by Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the American Polar Society.

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DOE selects UC to lead U.S.-China energy and water consortium

Berkeley, Irvine, Berkeley Lab, Davis, Merced and UCLA join forces in multi-million dollar effort to tackle water-related aspects of energy production and use. 


California needs to up its forestry game

'Wildfire season' is becoming a year-round phenomenon. But there are steps local and state government can take to curb the burn.

Roland Winston, Director of UC Solar

Sun and salt: how solar tech can help California’s drought

Researchers at UC Merced are turning to an unlikely ally to help solve the problem of water availability for California’s farmlands: the sun.  

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Got a big idea? Save the world and win prizes

This year’s Big Ideas student innovation contest features nine categories, including the newly extended Energy & Resource Alternatives category, sponsored by the UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative.

Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Gift will launch Scripps climate center

$5M gift will seed Center for Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation.