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  • Wind turbines on a hillside

Denmark Says It Will Produce 100 Percent of Its Energy With Renewables By 2050

Kurt Kornbluth weighs in on Denmark’s pledge to completely eliminate fossil fuels from its national energy usage by 2050. Read more

Climate change puts California’s snowpack in jeopardy in future droughts

Alex Hall discusses his study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. His research models future California droughts in relation to snowpack loss and emphasizes the importance of water infrastructure and groundwater aquifers.  Read more

  • Ken Hiltner's headshot

Ken Hiltner, UC Santa Barbara

Ken Hiltner created the Environmental Humanities Initiative to teach students and staff how they can use the humanities to understand our environment and mitigate climate change. 

  • Screenshot of UC-Vox video "Why humans are so bad at thinking about climate change?"

University of California and Vox Launch New Video Series

By Nicole Block, Climate Communications Student Writer

We all care about saving the environment, but how can we help when the problems are so overwhelming and often far away?

University of California, in partnership with Vox, is connecting people to climate action through a series of videos on the UC Climate Lab website,

  • Sea creature under water

A tale of two sites: Marine scientists determine how the larvae of a common coral species respond to environmental stresses in Taiwan, Moorea

Gretchen’s lab exposed cauliflower coral larvae to warmer temperatures to better understand how future climate change might affect coral reefs.

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Cutting the Fat with Sharp Graphics

Claire and UC Davis professor Brett Snyder make up group projects, the design team that the city of San Jose hired to help reduce sewer clogs from fats, oils, and grease that people often put down their kitchen sinks. Instead of undergoing an expensive infrastructure upgrade, Claire is working on educating residents about the widespread effects

  • Waste glass bottle and nanosilicon anodes that spell out "UCR"

Making batteries from waste glass bottles 

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside, including Climate Champion Mihri Ozkan, have used waste glass bottles and a low-cost chemical process to create nanosilicon anodes for high-performance lithium-ion batteries. The batteries will extend the range of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

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Community Members Aid Cutting-Edge Research in ‘BioBlitz’ Project

Under the guidance of Professor Michael Dawson and a team of conservation biologists from UC Merced, UCLA, and Cal State Los Angeles, community members trained as citizen scientists and spent the day collecting and cataloging environmental DNA (eDNA) from the Merced Vernal Pools and Grassland Reserve. Read more

From Waste to Wonder: Using Compost to Restore Carbon to Soil

By Nicole Block, Climate Communications Student Writer 

Carbon is one of the building blocks of life on Earth, but when carbon dioxide builds up in the atmosphere, it threatens life as we know it. UC Berkeley Climate Champion and professor of ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry,

Kristy Kroeker, UC Santa Cruz

Kristy Kroeker is creating coursework and workshops to train graduate students in climate change communication and leadership with diverse stakeholders.

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