Ecology & environment

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UC makes the grade for nation’s top green colleges

All nine UC undegraduate campuses included in Princeton Review's Guide to 399 Green Colleges.

A work crew paves the road with material made of recycled plastic

On the road to solving our plastic problem

UC San Diego recently became the first place in the U.S. to install a road made from recycled plastics.

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E-cigarettes and a new threat: How to dispose of them

E-cigarettes may be hotly debated, but one thing is clear: They are not biodegradable.

Egyptian art

Ancient pigment can boost energy efficiency

A color developed by Egyptians thousands of years ago can boost energy efficiency by cooling rooftops and walls.

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Climate change may deplete the world's beer

And you thought beer was expensive already: Declining barley production could make the beverage a luxury item.

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UC named a national leader in renewable energy

For the second year in a row, the EPA recognizes the University of California with a Green Power Leadership Award.

Sea otter laying on its back being adorable

Decisive sea otters distinguish differences by touch

New research reveals how sea otters hunt through the power of their paws and whiskers.

A row of pigeons on a plank

Just like pigeons, people tend to flock

Are we rational? Sure. But crowd panics, market bubbles and other collective actions seem to be built into our species. 

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How we can recycle CO2 to make eco-friendly concrete

UCLA researchers take aim at a surprisingly large source of greenhouse gas emissions: concrete.

What the battle over scooters gets wrong

The problem isn't what's on our streets. It's the streets themselves.

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