Ecology & environment

Seadragon closeup

Welcome to the world, baby dragons

Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, successfully breeds rare weedy seadragons for the first time.

Black flying fox hanging upside down

Coronavirus outbreak raises question: Why are bat viruses so deadly?

Bat immune systems can be so fierce that they drive viruses to a virulence that proves deadly for humans.

woman coughing

Agricultural area residents in danger of inhaling toxic aerosols

Overuse of selenium-heavy fertilizers creates airborne, lung-damaging particles.

Purple night sky

Solar power at night?

It’s no joke, says a professor developing prototypes of nighttime solar cells capable of generating power.

Smog outside of cars

Your biggest daily exposure to air pollutants comes while driving your car to work

Learn the best combinations of fan speed and ventilation mode to protect your respiratory health.

Leslie the gorilla with her mom

UC San Diego doctors come together to save eyesight of 3-year-old gorilla

Mother and child receive treatment together as medical team assists in surgery to remove cataract caused by trauma.

Flooding creek

Atmospheric river storms create $1 billion-a-year flood damage

These massive storms are likely to grow in intensity in coming years.

Sea otter holding a crab

Bringing sea otters back to San Francisco Bay

The California population could triple if otters returned to their historic home — they just need to get past those great white sharks first.

Greenland ice

Outlook for the polar regions in a world that's 2 degrees warmer

A major new study reveals how rapidly the Arctic is warming and examines its global consequences.

Pitbull staring cutely on a rug

If dogs could talk

How we interact with pit bulls sheds light on the ways we reproduce social inequality, says Katja Guenther.