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  • 7.15.14 — Drought impact study: California agriculture faces greatest water loss ever seen

    A new report from UC Davis shows that California agriculture is weathering its worst drought in decades due to groundwater reserves, but the nation’s produce basket may come up dry in the future if it continues to treat those reserves like an unlimited savings account.

  • 6.18.14 — UC Davis and Dubai-based developer enter agreement to collaborate on sustainability research

    Diamond Developers, inspired by the energy-efficient West Village at UC Davis, is building its own sustainable city on the outskirts of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The company is collaborating with UC Davis to expand research and develop curricula related to sustainable communities.

  • 6.18.14 — Survey says: ‘California’s blackbird’ in sharp decline

    The population of California’s iconic tricolored blackbird has suffered a dramatic decline in the past six years, according to a new survey coordinated by UC Davis.

  • 6.2.14 — Failure to launch: California brown pelicans’ breeding rates dismal

    California brown pelicans’ breeding numbers are in drastic decline this year, according to an annual population survey led by a UC Davis professor emeritus. The low nesting rates this spring could indicate that an El Niño event could occur sooner than expected, or that other factors are imperiling the once-endangered species.

  • 5.29.14 — When eradicating invasive species threatens endangered species recovery

    Efforts to eradicate invasive species increasingly occur side by side with programs focused on recovery of endangered ones. But what should resource managers do when the eradication of an invasive species threatens an endangered species?

  • 5.19.14 — Scientists forecast economic impacts of the drought on Central Valley agriculture

    California’s drought will deal a severe blow to Central Valley irrigated agriculture and farm communities this year, and could cost the industry $1.7 billion and cause more than 14,500 workers to lose their jobs, according to preliminary results of a new study by the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences.

  • 5.12.14 — Gov. Brown to speak at May 19 climate change event

    The future impact of climate change on California’s agriculture and natural resources will be the focus of a May 19 forum in Sacramento, coordinated by the University of California Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics. Gov. Jerry Brown and UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi will address the forum, titled “Climate Change: Challenges to California’s Agriculture and Natural Resources.”

  • 5.2.14 — The Exploratorium and UC Davis announce science and sustainability partnership

    UC Davis and the Exploratorium in San Francisco have formally partnered to incorporate the latest scientific innovations into the museum’s exhibits and programs. The two institutions will announce the alliance this evening, May 2, during a private ceremony at the museum.

  • 4.29.14 — UC summit: Learning to live with drought

    As a mocking rain drizzled atop the Capitol’s roof last Friday (April 25), hundreds of university scientists and state water experts gathered inside for the UC Drought Summit, organized by the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences.

  • 4.25.14 — UC Drought Summit convenes in state Capitol today

    Experts from across University of California campuses today, April 25, will explore with policymakers how to lessen the effects of the California drought, one of the worst on record.