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Photo: Tessa Hill of UC Davis

Tessa Hill has read the history of the climate in ocean sediments off the California Coast. Periods of warming temperatures during the last ice age may have triggered the release of methane from beneath the ocean. Once in the atmosphere, the methane would have acted as a heat-trapping greenhouse gas.  » READ MORE

Climate Change News Archives

A Piece of the Nobel for UC Davis

News: November 29, 2007

When the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded on Dec. 10 to the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and former Vice President Al Gore, a UC Davis transportation expert will take pride in the recognition. Daniel Sperling, director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis (ITS-Davis), contributed to the IPCC's most recent report, "Climate Change 2007: The Fourth IPCC Assessment Report," as a member of Working Group III and a lead author of Chapter 5, "Transport and Its Infrastructure." More...

New Drought-tolerant Plants Offer Hope for Warming World

News: November 26, 2007

Genetically engineered crop plants that survive droughts and can grow with 70 percent less irrigation water have been developed by an international team led by researchers at the University of California, Davis. The discovery offers hope for global agriculture that is already grappling with limited and variable water supplies. More...

Agricultural Soil Erosion Is Not Adding to Global Warming

News: October 25, 2007

Agricultural soil erosion is not a source of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, according to research published online today (October 25) in the journal Science. The study was carried out by an international team of researchers from UC Davis, the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, and the University of Exeter in the U.K. More...

Tahoe Research Center Among 'Greenest' Buildings

News: June 25, 2007

The Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences has been awarded LEED Platinum certification, one of only 26 facilities (and one of three laboratories) in the world to have earned the highest tier of recognition possible for energy- and environmental-design excellence under the LEED program for New Construction (LEED-NC). The Tahoe Center is a 45,000-square-foot facility that houses research laboratories and public education center for the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center; Sierra Nevada College’s science program (teaching laboratories and classrooms); and office space for the Desert Research Institute and University of Nevada, Reno’s Academy for the Environment. Some of the "green" features in the building include walls packed with insulation made from recycled blue jeans; toilets which utilize rain and snowmelt; water, cooled by night air, circulated through radiant pipes for air-conditioning; and "light shelves" which send daylight deep into rooms, through offices and into corridors.

UC Davis is recognized for tracking greenhouse emissions.

News: May 4, 2007

The campus' carbon dioxide emissions tally for the year 2005 is on the the California Climate Action Registry's Web site. The figure, 228,893 metric tons, serves as a baseline for the university's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. UC Davis is one of nearly 250 public and private enterprises that have voluntarily joined the California Action Climate Registry. Two other UCs — Santa Barbara and San Diego — also have emissions data posted on the registry's Web site. More from Dateline.