Ecology & environment

Ranchers anticipate devastating impact from drought

Ranching, which depends on rain-fed systems rather than groundwater or stored water, is particularly vulnerable.

Why state’s water woes could be just beginning

1976-77 drought could be mild in comparison: Paleoclimatologist believes we could be facing the driest water year in 500 years.
vernal pool

Merced Vernal Pools join Natural Reserve System

New addition to reserve system will offer research opportunities to faculty and students at adjacent UC Merced.

Oysters face twin threats

Predators and ocean acidification spell doom for once-prevalent Olympia oysters.
Donald Shoup

A chat with parking guru Donald Shoup

Donald Shoup, distinguished professor of urban planning in the Luskin School of Public Affairs, has become the nation’s oft-quoted, go-to expert on parking.
kelp with fish

'Kelp Watch" monitors Fukushima contamination

Berkeley Lab collaborates on program to track nuclear contamination from quake-damaged power plant in Japan.
argentine ants

Luring ants for the kill

Pheromone draws pesky, invasive Argentine ants to insecticide, eliminating need for indiscriminate spraying that can harm the environment.

World's earliest depiction of volcanic eruption

Professor confirms that Turkish mural is a representation of an eruption more than 8,000 years ago.
cigarette butts

UC goes tobacco free

Sales, ads and use of cigarettes, chewing tobacco and more will go away in January 2014.
west village buildings with bicyclist

West Village: setting the standard for sustainability

The nation’s largest planned zero-net energy community racks up an impressive list of achievements in its first year.

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