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OneClimate is Announced as a UC Davis Big Idea

UC Davis has chosen five bold initiatives to become the university’s newest Big Ideas: Aggie Square: developing UC Davis’ technology and innovation campus in Sacramento. Champion: Bob Segar Aggie Launch: offering career preparation for all undergraduates. Faculty champion: Ralph Hexter Building the Entrepreneurial Mindset: developing entrepreneurial thinking in all students. Faculty champion: Andrew Hargadon Food […]

UC experts can lead on carbon dioxide removal

Through technology demonstration and policy engagement, UC ANR specialists, advisors and AES faculty can support California’s ambitions to remove CO2 from the atmosphere. Read the original article online. Carbon dioxide removal (CDR) technologies, also known as negative emissions technologies, appear critical to achieving California’s ambitious climate change mitigation goals (Cameron et al. 2017). Negative carbon […]

Lassen Is UC Davis’ Newest Natural Reserve

Lassen Is UC Davis’ Newest Natural Reserve Landscape of Volcanoes, Forests Offers Unique Research and Outreach Opportunities Read the original story by Kat Kerlin on May 16, 2019. Lassen Peak, also known as Mount Lassen, at Lassen Volcanic National Park, California. It is the southernmost active volcano in the Cascade Range. (Getty) With a terrain […]

In Memoriam: Thomas Cahill, Professor Emeritus of Physics and Atmospheric Sciences

We were saddened to learn of the passing of Tom Cahill, an eminent scholar, environmental advocate, and generous and engaging spirit. Tom and his wife, Ginny, have been long-time advocates of the UC Davis Natural Reserve System, one of the centers of the John Muir Institute. The couple donated land and an endowment to establish […]

California’s Latest Weapon Against Climate Change Is Low-Tech Farm Soil

By Lauren Sommer Electric cars and solar panels are the most visible signs of California’s ambitious climate change policies. Now the state is setting its sights on a lower-tech way to cut carbon emissions: soil. It’s spending millions of dollars to help farmers grow plants, which absorb carbon and help move it into the soil […]

Muir Institute Graduate Fellowships Awarded

In 2018, the John Muir Institute of the Environment awarded the inaugural set of Muir Institute Graduate Fellowships to six graduate students working across a variety of projects that encompass many of the Muir Institute’s Core Initiatives including Big Environmental Data, One Climate, World Water Initiative, and Wild Energy. The fellowships provided $5000.00 for research […]

CSTARS’ Algorithm for Early Detection of California Wildfires Featured in Data Makes Possible

Read the original story here.  To combat future devastation, scientists across the public and private sectors are turning to data-driven technologies to better detect wildfires before they spread. Machine learning is one technology proving critical in providing actionable insights to help first responders identify wildfires early and come up with informed strategies to combat the […]

Director Houlton Talks Hot and Cold Records in a Changing Climate

Over the past 20 years, Americans have been twice as likely to sweat through record-breaking heat rather than shiver through record-setting cold, a new Associated Press data analysis shows. Since 1999, the ratio has been two warm records set or broken for every cold one. In 16 of the last 20 years, there have been […]

How rising sea levels could impact Delta, Sacramento Valley

Kevin Oliver Reporter   ISLETON, Calif. (KCRA) — As the sea level rises, it could impact more than the California coastline. The rising water could impact the Sacramento region. Some researchers said the rise could threaten levees in the area and increase the risk of flooding throughout the Delta and the Sacramento Valley. UC Davis […]

Fellow Post Releases New Book “Time in Ecology: A Theoretical Framework”

Time in Ecology: A Theoretical Framework (Monographs in Population Biology)  by Eric Post Ecologists traditionally regard time as part of the background against which ecological interactions play out. In this book, Muir Institute Fellow Eric Post argues that time should be treated as a resource used by organisms for growth, maintenance, and offspring production. Post uses […]