Ecology & environment

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.

Pesticide sprayed on a field

DDT linked to higher risk of diabetes among Asian Indian immigrants to U.S.

Prior exposure to the notorious pollutant may explain the population's higher rate of Type 2 diabetes.

Arctic sea ice

Arctic Ocean could be ice-free for part of the year as soon as 2044

New study narrows the predicted timeframe for one worrying result of climate change.

Children raising their hands

Are students breathing good air?

A new study from Berkeley Lab/UC Davis finds many California classrooms don't have sufficient ventilation.

Woolsey fire

UC's race to stay ahead of wildfires

UC San Diego matches increased fire danger with improved monitoring capability.

Seamus alerting to lizard scat

Dogs put smelling skills to use in protecting endangered lizards

Detection dogs combined with DNA identification could represent a new, noninvasive sampling technique for lizard conservation.

Two researchers in a lab

Improving indoor air quality during wildfires

Indoor air scientists explain how to protect homes, schools, and other buildings from air pollution during wildfires.

Workers install solar panels on a roof

Our energy grid is vulnerable. Locally sourced power may be the answer.

Solar-powered microgrids could be key in the face of increasing wildfire risk and cybersecurity threats.

Potatoes in hand

How garbage from landfills is advancing UC's clean energy future

Landfills are a major source of greenhouse gas emssions. UC's new biogas deal turns that pollution into an energy source.

A row of content mice

Finding alternatives to animal testing

Researchers are helping the EPA eliminate animal testing by using stem cells.