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<b>Birch Aquarium has teamed up with UC San Diego Library’s Digital Media Lab to create what is believed to be the first 3-D-printed brace for a sea turtle’s shell.</b><p>The Loggerhead Sea Turtle was rescued from a New Jersey power plant in 2013 with a large gap in the bottom right part of her shell. This …

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Four ways to determine credibility1. Follow the data — Data trails of skeptics go cold quickly.2. Follow the money — Some prominent climate deniers are linked to think tanks that downplay human-caused climate change or receive direct funding from fossil-fuel companies.3. Follow the credentials — …

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<b>Could your next piece of trash be your last?</b><p>That’s the question the new University of California #MyLastTrash campaign is hoping you’ll ask yourself.<p>The University of California system is pushing to reach its goal of zero waste by 2020. That would mean a population of around 500,000 students, staff …

Hang ten (decades): Walter Munk, inventor of the surf forecast, turns 100

As dawn washes over Bondi Beach, you can see the surfers beyond the break, gently rising and falling on their boards. They gather like this when the …

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<b>This month’s wildfires in Northern California have been the deadliest in United States history, with more than 40 deaths, hundreds still missing and widespread mandatory evacuations. One of the conditions that contributed to the enormous fires was the growing variation in climate and rainfall from</b> …

3D Orchards: UC Researcher Turns Farms Into Virtual Reality

Farmers are relying more and more on technology to help them manage their crops and often that means working with unmanned aerial systems. Using …

How California might look if it was 100 percent carbon neutral

This week, Gov. Jerry Brown joined several other governors at the U.S. Climate Alliance in New York, saying: “We’re all in and we’ll keep going and …

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<b>Two new studies released during the United Nations’ Climate Week find that global temperature increases can be limited to the Paris Agreement goal of 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, but cutting back carbon dioxide emissions alone will not be sufficient – and the stakes are as high as</b> …

The Window Is Closing to Avoid Dangerous Global Warming

Deadly climate change could threaten most of the world's human population by the end of this century without efforts well beyond those captured in …

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<b>UC Riverside is serious about its zero carbon footprint goal.</b><p>For the past month UC Riverside has been installing more than 9,600 solar panels in two campus parking lots, a 4.3 megawatt project that puts UC Riverside in the number two spot — at the UC systemwide level — for on-site renewable energy, …

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Quick summary• Vehicle collisions with animals cost California $276 million in 2016, up 20 percent<br>• Fencing along the most severe roads would pay for itself within 2 years or less<br>• San Francisco Bay Area roads experience the highest rates of wildlife-vehicle collisions<p><b>Collisions between vehicles and</b> …

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<b>To help humans capture more of the sun’s energy than natural photosynthesis can, UC Berkeley scientists have taught bacteria to cover themselves in tiny, highly efficient solar panels to produce useful chemical compounds.</b><p>Chemistry professor Peidong Yang and Kelsey Sakimoto, a former graduate …

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Sierra 2017 "Cool School" Rankings• UC Irvine — 8<br>• UC Santa Cruz — 23<br>• UC Berkeley — 27<br>• UC Davis — 32<br>• UC Riverside — 35<br>• UC Santa Barbara — 49<br>• UC Merced — 50<p><b>Seven UCs are among the top 50 most sustainable universities in the U.S., according to Sierra Magazine’s newly released 2017 “Cool Schools” list.</b><p>UC …

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Why Ecology Needs Natural History

This Article From Issue<p>September-October 2017<p>Volume 105, Number 5<p>Page 290<p>In March 1908 a remarkable partnership was forged that would affect the …

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'Cyborg' bacteria deliver green fuel source from sunlight

<b>Scientists have created bacteria covered in tiny semiconductors that generate a potential fuel source from sunlight, carbon dioxide and water.</b><p>The so-called "cyborg" bugs produce acetic acid, a chemical that can then be turned into fuel and plastic.<p>In lab experiments, the bacteria proved much more …

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New Study Shows How Well We Beat Back Climate Change in the 80s

Now we need to come together and try again.<p>With the current discussion over climate change ranging from dystopian to denial, it's worth remembering that humanity can take actions that over time resolve tough environmental problems. A new study takes a look at the Montreal Protocols, signed in 1987, …

Bitten by the bug, renowned researcher retires from University of California

BERKELEY — When Vernard Lewis was a little boy, he hunted grasshoppers and fed them to harvester ants. When he brought home bugs he’d trapped in …

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<b>When will cars powered by gas-guzzling internal combustion engines become obsolete? Not as soon as it seems, even with the latest automotive news out of Europe.</b><p>First, Volvo announced it would begin to phase out the production of cars that run solely on gasoline or diesel by 2019 by only releasing …

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How to donateGifts made in either of these two ways will go to the Tahoe Environmental Research Center:Use the “Giving” link on the TERC website (please designate your gift “In Honor of Jennifer Teerlink,” for tracking purposes).Contribute to the Trans-Tahoe Swim for Water Research GoFundMe …

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<b>Researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego found levels of persistent organic pollutants as much as 36 times higher in the muscle tissue of yellowfin tuna caught in the more industrialized areas of the northeast Pacific Ocean and northeast Atlantic</b> …

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<b>Electricity demand fluctuates each day, and consumers who want to unplug during peak times to save money and help the environment now have a new tool at their disposal. Chai Energy, a partner of the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation, is making real-time energy information a reality for electricity</b> …

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Study finds that storage prices are falling faster than PV and wind technologies

Energy storage projects may bring the cost per kWh of a lithium-ion battery down from $10,000/kWh in the early 1990’s to $100/kWh in 2019, according …

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Elephant seals recognize vocal rhythms to avoid bullies

We recognize friends on the phone by just their voice. Rhythm, inflection and tone clue us in to who is on the other end of the line.<p>Humans are not …

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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 …

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<b>A conference wrapped up recently at UC Santa Barbara, but this was not a typical academic conference. There was no mess to clean up at the end: no coffee-stained tablecloths and muffin crumbs. The attendees were from campuses all across California, but no one had to rush to catch a flight home. The</b> …

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<b>Middle age has a way of sneaking up on people and programs, so hearing that the experiment in organic gardening that began at UC Santa Cruz in 1967 is now the oldest university-based organic research and education facility in the country is, well, unexpected.</b><p>"It's the people's farm," says Daniel …

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<b>Under business-as-usual greenhouse gas emissions, climate models predict California will get warmer during the rest of the century and most also predict the state will get drier.</b><p>But, new research, published in the journal Nature Communications, predicts that California will actually get wetter. The …

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<b>Money may not grow on trees, but trees themselves and all that they provide have a dollar value nonetheless.</b><p>At least, that’s the view of those seeking to quantify the myriad ways humankind benefits from nature’s ecosystem services: clean air and water, food, even paper from trees. But it’s …

Close to Home: Science and innovation desrve robust funding

Close to Home: Science and innovation deserve robust funding<p>TERRY SAWYER IS CO-FOUNDER OF HOG ISLAND OYSTER CO. TESSA HILL IS A PROFESSOR AT THE UC …