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Tracking Change in Greenland: Fellow Post’s Research Featured by CA&ES’ Outlook Magazine

Tracking Change in Greenland Scientists have known for decades that climate change would alter the rhythms of nature, but just how and when hasn’t been easy to predict. That’s why research, especially long-term research, is so important. At a remote file site in Greenland, Professor and Muir Institute Fellow Eric Post has studied changes in […]

Muir Institute partner, the Yurok Tribe, accepts prestigious UN Equator Prize

Yurok Tribe accepts prestigious Equator Prize  The Yurok Tribe is the largest Tribe in California with more than 6,000 members. The Tribe’s ancestral territory comprises 7.5 percent of the California coastline and is home to the KlamathRiver, the lifeline of the Yurok people. The Tribe’s major economic and natural resource initiatives include: condor reintroduction, fisheries […]

Professor Laura Van Winkle Announced as New Chair of the Pharmacology and Toxicology Graduate Group

The Muir Institute is please to announce that Professor Laura Van Winkle, based out of the Center for Health and the Environment, has been appointed as Chair of the Pharmacology and Toxicology Graduate Group for a three-year period, effective July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2022. Professor Van Winkle’s new position of graduate group chair […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fellow Hernandez’s Research Highlights 20 Overlooked Benefits of Distributed Solar Energy

20 Overlooked Benefits of Distributed Solar Energy Study Outlines Advantages of Solar on Rooftops, Other Developed Areas By UC Davis News and Media Relations on July 9, 2019 in Environment Solar panels shade cars, produce energy and spare natural lands at this parking lot in Atlanta, Georgia. (Getty) A study released today provides the most […]

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 […]