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Bending the Curve

Right now, greenhouse gas emissions are on an increasingly upward trajectory and the earth’s temperature is projected to rise by 2.5 to 7.8 degrees Celsius by the end of this century. While that number seems small, it will cause major climate disruption within the next century. Yet, most scientists agree that reducing CO2 emissions by 80% by

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UCTV Climate Solutions Channel

The University of California is a national leader in climate science research and identifying best practices for achieving sustainability and mitigating the catastrophic impacts of climate change.

As presented in Bending the Curve, compiled by 50 of the top climate experts in the UC system, the University of California has identified

UC Faculty Climate Action Champions

As the University of California steps up efforts to eliminate its carbon footprint, it has named Faculty Climate Action Champions at each campus to work with students on projects aimed at building community engagement and awareness. Read the Announcement Meet the Climate Crusader Meet the Carbon Conquerer Meet the Climate Innovator

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Steve Allison, UC Irvine

Steve Allison developed an integrative training program for climate scholars that utilizes the expertise of multi-disciplinary faculty and non-academic partners. These scholars will translate big ideas into tangible climate solutions.

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Sue Carter, UC Santa Cruz

Sue Carter established the sustainability lab (S-lab) to promote reductions in carbon emissions and sustainable use of natural resources. The S-lab provides students with indoor and outdoor laboratory space and educational tools and resources.

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Michael Dawson, UC Merced

Mike Dawson created the LINES project (Leadership & INnovation in Environment and Sustainability) to connect campus leaders and the community. This project uses lines—such as shorelines, treelines, and skylines—to explore how climate change is affecting natural systems.

Alex Hall, UCLA

Alex Hall developed an educational and public outreach project to “downscale” information from global climate models. He is creating high-resolution projections of future climate at the neighborhood scale. This will give communities the knowledge of how climate change will affect them in their own backyards.

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Gretchen Hofmann, UC Santa Barbara

Gretchen Hofmann created a team of climate change outreach specialists who are skilled in communication about issues important to the California coast.

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Kurt Kornbluth, UC Davis

Kurt Kornbluth works with UC Davis facilities management to identify on-campus opportunities for carbon reduction. He has also created new climate-focused, project-based curriculum through his collaborations with faculty from multiple disciplines.

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Mihri Ozkan, UC Riverside

Mihri Ozkan is leading a campus campaign to increase recycling rates to 100%. She hosts lectures across the UC system on green technology and is working with Riverside Public Utilities to increase public awareness of eco-friendly technologies.
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