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Researchers at UC Davis, working with colleagues at the other UC campuses, have developed an ambitious plan to use the UC Natural Reserve System to detect and forecast the ecological impacts of climate change in California.
As California condors return from the brink of extinction, the threat of lead poisoning persists, particularly for older, more independent condors, according to a study led by UC Davis.
California’s approval of a $7.5 billion water bond has bolstered prospects for expanding reservoirs and groundwater storage, but the drought-prone state can effectively use no more than a 15 percent increase in surface water storage capacity because of lack of water to fill it, according to a new analysis released Nov. 20.
11.1.14 — Hot crops
Researchers at UC Davis and around the world are scrambling to develop new varieties of food and fiber crops that will produce abundant yields despite drought and other effects of climate change. They’re also exploring more water-efficient ways to grow existing crops.
No-till farming, a key conservation agriculture strategy that avoids conventional plowing and otherwise disturbing the soil, may not bring a hoped-for boost in crop yields in much of the world, according to an extensive new meta-analysis by an international team led by UC Davis.
Butterflies in Canadian mountain meadows rebounded after a severe population crash. Why? It’s all about connections, found a study by UC Davis in collaboration with Western University in Ontario, Canada, and other North American institutions.
UC and SunPower Corp. plan to build a 16-megawatt, ground-mounted solar power plant that is expected to generate 14 percent of UC Davis’ electricity needs. The university anticipates that, when the plant is completed in 2015, more than one-third of total electricity demand on campus will be served from carbon neutral energy sources. On completion, the project will be the largest solar power installation in the University of California system, and the largest solar power plant to offset the electricity demand of a U.S. university or college campus.
California has allocated five times more surface water than the state actually has, making it hard for regulators to tell whose supplies should be cut during a drought, UC researchers reported.
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.
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.
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?
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.
UC Davis’ official colors are blue and gold, but the campus is receiving more and more recognition these days for green — as in sustainability, for everything from bicycling to building design, and in operation and maintenance of existing buildings.
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.”
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.
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.
A new research effort, designed to improve the productivity of chickpea varieties by harnessing the genetic diversity of wild species, was launched today in Ethiopia through the federal Feed the Future Initiative and under the leadership of UC Davis.
As California braces for record drought, ranchers are among the most immediately impacted, and most say they are not ready for the severe water shortages and lack of forage that drought would bring, according to a new study by researchers at UC Davis.
As scholars who study global business trends and their impact, Paul A. Griffin and Amy Myers Jaffe are great role models for their students at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management. The two UC Davis faculty members tackle a range of corporate social responsibility issues across the global stage such as energy and sustainability, use of conflict minerals and greenhouse gas emissions.
UC Davis made a significant advance in the just-released UI GreenMetric World University Ranking, which placed UC Davis in the top 10 for campus sustainability and environment-friendly management. In Universitas Indonesia’s fourth annual GreenMetric rankings, for 2013, UC Davis is ninth overall (up from 17th a year earlier) and fourth in the United States. The rankings comprise 301 universities. Out of all of the UC campuses, only Davis made the top 10.
The African Orphan Crops Consortium, which includes UC Davis, Mars Inc. and other global partners, today released the names of the 100 African crop species whose genomes it plans to sequence, assemble and annotate to improve the nutrition of African farm families, especially their children.
From a fish-eye view, rice fields in California’s Yolo Bypass provide an all-you-can-eat bug buffet for juvenile salmon seeking nourishment on their journey to the sea. That’s according to a new report detailing the scientific findings of an experiment that planted fish in harvested rice fields earlier this year, resulting in the fattest, fastest-growing salmon on record in the state’s rivers.
As human life expectancy increases, so does the percentage of invasive and endangered birds and mammals, according to a new study by UC Davis.
UC Davis will build on its success as a center for problem-solving research on California's critical water issues thanks to a $10 million gift to the Center for Watershed Sciences.
The California legislature last week honored UC Davis’ achievements and top ranking in agricultural teaching and research with a resolution that was unanimously passed by both the state Senate and Assembly.
A study of the abrupt retreat of mountain glaciers in the European Alps in the 1860s has uncovered strong evidence that absorption of sunlight in snow by soot, or black carbon, released by a rapidly industrializing Europe was to blame.
UC Davis is among the 10 “greenest” universities in the United States for the third year in row, as declared by the Sierra Club magazine.
Cattle grazing and clean water can coexist on national forest lands, according to research by UC Davis. The study, published today in the journal PLOS ONE, is the most comprehensive examination of water quality on National Forest public grazing lands to date.
Rat poison used on illegal marijuana grows is killing fishers in the southern Sierra Nevada, according to a recent study conducted by a team of scientists from UC Davis, the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station, UC Berkeley, and the Integral Ecology Research Center in Humboldt County, Calif.
Residents of the Eastern Coachella Valley in Riverside County live every day with elevated environmental hazards in their air and water, according to a new University of California, Davis, study.
Large skylights send a flood of natural light into the lobby of the new Student Community Center at UC Davis, where students hold meetings, study on lounge chairs, or chat over compostable cups of coffee from CoHo South café. Upstairs in the media lab, they use computers powered in part by solar energy. Outside, students sit at patio tables shaded by umbrellas, next to a lawn-less landscape of drought-tolerant plants and permeable paving.
UC Davis is No. 1 in the world for teaching and research in the area of agriculture and forestry, according to rankings released today by QS World University Rankings.
A team of UC Davis scientists is developing a groundwater management tool that could lead to better streamflow conditions for salmon and steelhead in northern California’s Scott River Valley, which provides critical fish habitat within the Klamath Basin.
In an era of increasing climate instability, the southwestern United States faces strained water resources, greater prevalence of tree-killing organisms, and potentially significant alterations of agricultural infrastructure.
In a month that marked the annual Earth Day celebration, UC Davis received recognition for its environmental sustainability efforts from The Princeton Review and the League of American Bicyclists, reaffirming the school’s reputation as a green leader.
Changes in agricultural practices could reduce soil emissions of the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide and the atmospheric pollutant nitric oxide, according to a new study by scientists at UC Davis.
An action-oriented scientific agenda for tackling global climate change and its impacts on agriculture emerged from the international, three-day Climate-Smart Agriculture Conference, which drew more than 300 participants last week to the UC Davis.
Scientists and policymakers from around the world will gather March 20-22 at UC Davis to grapple with the threats of climate change for global agriculture and recommend science-based actions to slow its effects while meeting the world’s need for food, livelihood and sustainability.
Earthworms are long revered for their beneficial role in soil fertility, but with the good comes the bad: they also increase greenhouse gas emissions from soils, according to a study published Feb. 3 in Nature Climate Change by a research team that includes a UC Davis soil scientist.
With new grants totaling $8.4 million from the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Agency for International Development and industry partners, UC Davis plant scientist Eduardo Blumwald is reaching out to feed and fuel the world.
11.5.12 — Carbon buried in the soil rises again
A research team that includes a UC Davis plant scientist has identified a source of carbon emissions that could play a role in understanding past and future global change.
More carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, coupled with rising temperatures, is making rice agriculture a larger source of the potent greenhouse gas methane, according to a study published today in Nature Climate Change by a research team that includes a UC Davis plant scientist.
8.14.12 — UC Davis is nation’s ‘Coolest School’
Sierra magazine has named the UC Davis the nation’s “Coolest School” for its efforts to address climate change and operate sustainably.
Humans may be forcing an irreversible, planetary-scale tipping point that could severely impact fisheries, agriculture, clean water and much of what Earth needs to sustain its inhabitants. Such a change has not been seen since the shift from the Ice Age to an interglacial age 11,700 years ago—a time of mass extinctions and extreme climate shifts, according to the authors, who estimate that Earth may experience the next major tipping point within a few generations.
A new study from the University of California, Davis, provides a deeper understanding of the complex global impacts of deforestation on greenhouse gas emissions. The study, published May 13 in the advance online edition of the journal Nature Climate Change, reports that the volume of greenhouse gas released when a forest is cleared depends on how the trees will be used and in which part of the world the trees are grown.
The following UC Davis experts are available to talk about the bold targets outlined in the governor’s green building order issued April 25. The executive order (B-18-12) aims to ensure that state facilities waste less energy on lighting, water, air-conditioning and heating.
A UC Davis agricultural economist will direct a $25 million federal program aimed at creating financial systems that can boost agricultural productivity and food security in developing countries.
Environmental activist and best-selling author Bill McKibben spoke highly of UC Davis and the Davis community in an April 13 talk: “This place has done more than almost anywhere else in the country to rise to the challenges we face.”
A new agreement between the UC Davis Energy Institute and the nonprofit Valley Climate Action Center illustrates how UC Davis West Village--the nation’s largest zero net energy community--is serving not only as a model for the nation, but also for its own backyard.
11.14.11 — New project will study 'deep carbon'
Studying the behavior of carbon — the essential element in oil and natural gas — deep within the Earth is the aim of a new initiative co-directed by a UC Davis chemistry professor and funded by a two-year, $1.5 million grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
11.14.11 — San Joaquin Valley residents face high environmental and social hazards, UC Davis study says
While California’s San Joaquin Valley is home to some of the nation’s richest agricultural resources, half of the people who live and work there face elevated levels of air and water pollution coupled with poverty, limited education, language barriers, and racial and ethnic segregation, according to a three-year UC Davis study.
The University of California, Davis, has earned a third “platinum” certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for creating buildings that lead the way to a sustainable future, more than any other University of California campus.
Tarver, who comes from what he calls “a very traditional forestry background of fighting fires and taking people on backpacking trips,” now focuses his attention on urban forestry — the role that trees play in city and suburban communities.
Setting a national precedent in sustainable design, UC Davis West Village will open its doors Saturday as the largest planned zero net energy community in the country.
UC Davis plans to move several energy-related research units into offices at UC Davis West Village, the nation’s largest planned zero net energy community, campus officials have announced.
UC Davis will receive $3.1 million of a $40 million biofuels grant announced today (Sept. 28) by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Led by researchers at the University of Washington, the five-year project is intended to expand what has been a Midwest-centric biofuels industry into Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and Northern California.
An international team of 58 ecologists, including UC Davis researcher Louie Yang, has found that habitat productivity does not predict the quantity or diversity of plant species, as has been assumed for several decades.
9.13.11 — RANKINGS ROUNDUP: UC Davis among top 10 public universities, rates high in sustainability, public service
For the second consecutive year, UC Davis earned a ninth-place ranking among the top public national universities in U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Colleges” issue. UC Davis’ distinction for 2012, released today (Sept. 13), follows the campus’s top 10 honors for its commitment to sustainability (Sierra magazine).
Two sustainable agricultural projects led by UC Davis plant scientists have received 2011 U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary's Honor Awards, the most prestigious awards given by the USDA secretary.
Members of the public will be able to visually immerse themselves in two of the best-known lakes in the United States, thanks to a $2.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to UC Davis’ Tahoe Environmental Research Center.
Warming streams could spell the end of spring-run Chinook salmon in California by the end of the century, according to a study by scientists at UC Davis, the Stockholm Environment Institute and the National Center for Atmospheric Research.
For the first time, researchers at the University of California, Davis, have demonstrated that forest trees have the ability to tap into nitrogen found in rocks, boosting the trees’ growth and their ability to pull more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
The University of California, Davis, this fall will launch an undergraduate major focused on agricultural sustainability.
UC Davis is greener and cooler this year, moving into the Top 10 of Sierra magazine’s annual ranking of the “greenest” colleges in the United States. UC Davis earned the eighth spot, up from 16 a year ago, on the magazine's “America’s Coolest Schools” list.
Lake Tahoe clarity dropped in 2010, but the rate of decline in clarity over the past decade remains slower compared with previous decades, according to UC Davis scientists who have monitored the lake for more than 40 years.
The Davis campus is preparing to “park” more than 1,200 solar-energy collector panels in Lot 1 immediately south of the south entry parking garage.
Global food trends, energy and social media will be featured topics at the second annual California Ag Summit, to be held Jan. 27 at UC Davis.
Delegates who arrived early for the Governors' Global Climate Summit 3 got a taste of UC Davis' research prowess and forward thinking.
Oct. 16 is the Arboretum fall sale, with Arboretum All-Stars and other native plants available to purchase and plant at home.
If learning how to grow your own food is an interest of yours, you need to look no further than the Experimental College Community Garden.
And blue, too, as in efforts to preserve the lake’s renowned clarity
A UC online publication outlines strip-tillage, a management practice with potential to benefit farmers while decreasing the amount of soil disturbed and dust.
UC Davis researcher finds that California butterflies are suffering from climate change and land development.
UC Davis researchers will receive $2.8 million in new grants to study the use and impacts of nitrogen.
Craig McNamara, owner of Sierra Farms, is among the alumni who will be honored on Jan. 30. McNamara practices science-based organic farming and serves as a role model for the more than 2,000 people who visit his farm each year.
12.29.09 — All ski runs are not created equal
Ski slope grading, compared to clearing, is worse for plant abundance and promotes erosion.
10.9.09 — New GSM building opens
The GSM building, built to demanding environmental standards, opens on campus.
6.12.09 — UC Davis’ Sustainable Second Century
After celebrating its first century, UC Davis should focus on sustainability for next 100 years, says this UC Davis Magazine column.
3.20.09 — At home in nature
Get outside and reconnect to the real world at Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve.
John Landers of Lago Sul, Brazil, '65, director of the Zero Tillage Farmers Association in the Central Savannah of Brazil, is one of the alumni honored
UC Davis has transformed the world in many ways, including through environmental contributions.
Arboretum Gateway Project will include a focus will be on the environment.
A new Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability office will coordinate universitywide efforts on sustainability, seed money will support new projects, and a new committee will advise the chancellor on sustainability.
6.13.08 — Planting the Seeds of Change
“Sustainability” is a concept that has its roots in agriculture. Student farm slideshow included.
3.14.08 — Beyond the Bottom Line
M.B.A. grads bring sustainable business practices to their work.
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UC Davis researchers are reporting the largest successful use of integrated pest management in the commercial floriculture industry.
10.13.06 — Savoring an ‘edible’ landscape
The Grounds division is tending a half-dozen planting beds filled with edibles at the Plant and Environmental Sciences Building.
10.13.06 — The grounds for earthly success
UC Davis' Grounds program earned a Grand Award in this year's Green Star Awards program.
Arboretum receives grant for new education programs.
10.21.05 — Key themes reflected in new faculty hiring
A competition to identify the campus's highest priorities will add new faculty positions to programs that include those that focus on sustainability.
UC Davis researcher believes the trend away from large trees in urban development is a costly mistake.
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