Ecology & environment

Students at work in Ellie's Garden

Student activism pushes UC toward a carbon-free future

As UC's sustainability goals become increasingly ambitious, the entire community is pitching in.

Sierra Nevada mountain range

Can our forests survive the next drought?

Researchers try to discover how many dry years plants can survive.

UC Davis bulldog Moxie

Bulldogs’ screw tails linked to human genetic disease

Scientists find the genetic basis for these dogs’ appearance, and link it to a rare inherited syndrome in humans.

Plastic blag floating in water

The international statistic of the year

Roland Geyer's much lauded finding is a sobering one: 91 percent of the world's plastic waste has never been recycled.

Moon jellyfish

Secrets of the jellyfish genome

The first in-depth look at the jellyfish genome shows how they build a complex life history with simple genes.

Hummingbird on a branch

Tiny birds, tiny tech

A new tracking method gives a round-the-clock record of hummingbird life.

Las Varas Ranch

UC Santa Barbara's new coastal jewel

Philanthropist Charles T. Munger makes a gift of the 1800-acre Las Varas Ranch.

Child on parent's shoulder in front of personal care products

Prenatal exposure to chemicals in personal care products may speed puberty in girls

Early onset puberty has been linked with an increased risk of mental illness and cancer.

View from Berkeley Lab on a clear day versus a polluted one

Q&A: How to protect yourself from wildfire smoke

Berkeley Lab indoor air experts share their tips on dealing with air pollution.

Three veterinary professionals work on an injured goat

All hands on deck at UC Davis for the Camp Fire

Fire and veterinary teams spent the Veterans Day weekend hard at work fighting the Camp Fire.

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