UC Santa Cruz Mavericks

Surfing into the history books

If weather allows, alumna Sarah Gerhardt may be among the first women to take on the Mavericks big-wave contest.

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 Irvine rain

Rain goes rogue

Climate change appears to be skewing weather patterns, making it harder to predict wet and dry years.

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.

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.

3-D printing sea turtle

Wounded sea turtle healed with 3-D printing

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

Can farmed fish feed the world sustainably?

The world’s population is expected to soar by an additional 2.5 billion people by 2050, bringing a host of global challenges – including how to feed so many hungry mouths.

Polar bear ice UC Davis

How climate denial blogs undermine scientific understanding

A lack of scientific rigor can spread like wildfire online, hurting public perception of climate change.

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