Ecology & environment

Two bioengineers working in a UC San Diego lab

Scientists design way to use harmless bacteria to detect heavy metals in drinking water

The goal is to test water at the faucets people actually drink from and catch contamination along the way.

Jane Goodall sitting with a chimp

All-star lineup to honor 50th anniversary of Earth Day in ‘Forces of Nature’

Environmental leaders and thinkers to explore what it means to care for the planet and all its inhabitants.

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.