Ecology & environment

A person in a forest on fire

What is the health impact of wildfire smoke?

UC Davis researchers are uncovering the possible long-term health effects of air pollution from wildfires.

Tools for a prescribed burn

4 ways to avoid future megafires

Two forest researchers whose own communities were threatened by fires in 2021 explain how historic policies left forests at high risk of megafires.

A duck in a blanket opens its bill as if smiling

UC Davis leads wildlife rescue response for Orange County oil spill

The Oiled Wildlife Care Network has once again sprung into action to rescue affected animals. So far, they are hopeful the number will remain low.

Joshua Viers outside

UC Merced leads innovative effort to secure water for agriculture and ecosystems

The largest research grant in the 16-year history of the campus aims to improve agricultural and environmental water resilience.

A beautiful African leopard in the wild

Wild, wild life

Alum Sebastian Kennerknecht’s passion for animals drives him to use wildlife photography to fight for their survival.

Two students walk out of the Pavilion dining center on the UC Merced campus

UC earns Green Power Leadership Award from EPA

The University of California received a 2021 Green Power Leadership Award today for accelerating the transition to clean energy.

Three students sit under a tree on the Irvine campus

UC earns green accolades from Sierra Club, Princeton Review as a nationwide leader in sustainability

The University of California is once again a leader in sustainability leadership and achievement, according to new rankings.

David Feldman

The technologies that could solve California’s droughts

Policies, and especially attitudes toward water, will have to shift as climate change makes drought more severe, says urban planning professor David Feldman.

A golden-mantled ground squirrel

Personality matters, even for squirrels

Social skills can give squirrels an advantage.

A pumpjack in Bakersfield, California

The archaic law stopping climate activists from keeping oil in the ground

Allowing conservationists to bid on public resources — held to a “use it or lose it” standard — could be a game-changer, experts say.