Ecology & environment

Egyptian art

Ancient pigment can boost energy efficiency

A color developed by Egyptians thousands of years ago can boost energy efficiency by cooling rooftops and walls.

Two half-full beers on a sandy beach

Climate change may deplete the world's beer

And you thought beer was expensive already: Declining barley production could make the beverage a luxury item.

Outdoor solar panel charging station with students beneath

UC named a national leader in renewable energy

For the second year in a row, the EPA recognizes the University of California with a Green Power Leadership Award.

Sea otter laying on its back being adorable

Decisive sea otters distinguish differences by touch

New research reveals how sea otters hunt through the power of their paws and whiskers.

A row of pigeons on a plank

Just like pigeons, people tend to flock

Are we rational? Sure. But crowd panics, market bubbles and other collective actions seem to be built into our species. 

CO2 floating in a cloud of smoke

How we can recycle CO2 to make eco-friendly concrete

UCLA researchers take aim at a surprisingly large source of greenhouse gas emissions: concrete.

What the battle over scooters gets wrong

The problem isn't what's on our streets. It's the streets themselves.

UCSF exposome conference

More than skin deep: How environment, diet and social experiences affect health

UC scientists dive into the ambient factors contributing to health crises like obesity and Type 2 diabetes.

Two women walking, one carrying another, older woman

Kindness: An unsung climate change tool

The solutions to climate change are not just technological — kindness can help any community weather its harshest impacts.

Solar panel in the sun

Climate summit puts California, UC in the spotlight

The University of California is among the thousands gathering to share solutions at the Global Climate Action Summit.

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