UC Irvine water hot spots

UC Irvine-led study identifies ‘hot spots’ of unsafe drinking water

Problems are more frequent in low-income, rural areas of the nation.

UC Santa Cruz offshore

Trump’s push for new offshore drilling is likely to run aground in California

The effort to expand offshore oil production reignites a battle with California that dates back nearly 50 years.

UC Davis owl

Marijuana farms expose endangered owls to rat poison, study shows

An abundance of illegal sites without oversight are poisoning wildlife in Northern California.

UC San Diego dying coral

The ocean is losing its breath

Climate change is rapidly increasing marine ‘dead zones,’ where oxygen is too low to support most marine life.

Mountain lion paws

Healing burned paws with fish skin

A young mountain lion injured during the Thomas fire receives an innovative therapy to get him back on his feet.

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How bird genetics adapt to climate change

Scientists find yellow warbler DNA is already adjusting to new conditions and ask whether it's enough to survive.

How do we break our addiction to plastic?

More than 8.3 billion metric tons (9.1 billion tons). That’s the amount of plastic humans have created since the large-scale production of synthetic materials began in the early 1950s. It’s enough to cover the entire country of Argentina, and most of the material now resides in landfills or in the natural environment.

UC Irvine drought monitoring tool

New drought index provides insight all over the globe

Keeping track of the climate just got easier, thanks to a new satellite-based monitoring tool.

UCLA microfossil

Ancient fossil microorganisms indicate that life in the universe is common

Life was already diverse 3.5 billion years ago — and may be so elsewhere today.

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Wounded sea turtle healed with 3-D printing

An innovative brace has helped a Loggerhead Sea Turtle double her weight and thrive.

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