Ecology & environment

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.

License to ill

Firms that engaged in prior socially responsible behavior are more likely to then engage in socially irresponsible behavior.
bristlecone pines

Weather stations help answer climate questions

UC Natural Reserve System network provides data to measure how changes are impacting wildlife.
Bullfrog sitting on leaf

Frog abnormalities not as common as feared

A 10-year study shows some good news for frogs and toads on national wildlife refuges: The rate of abnormalities such as shortened or missing legs was less than 2 percent overall.
Two wolves

Dogs trace roots to ancient Europe

Genetic analysis suggests an extinct population of wolves was domesticated by hunter-gatherers more than 18,000 years ago

Marine scientists track spread of sea star wasting disease

Mysterious outbreak has become widespread along the U.S. west coast over the past several months.
photograph of Bren School of Environmental Science and Management

UC wins green building Super Hero Award

The University of California has a hidden super power: It makes buildings turn green.
deep sea ecosystem - carbonates

World ocean systems undermined by climate change by 2100

Scientists warn against the high risk of degradation of marine ecosystems and the human hardships that may result.

Ban cigarette filters, urge researchers

Filtered ends are a toxic addition to litter problem.