Environment

Tahoe’s State of the Lake Report for 2020

July 30, 2020
Today, the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center released its annual Tahoe: State of the Lake Report. The report informs nonscientists about important factors affecting the health of Lake Tahoe.

Becoming Arizona

July 16, 2020
Triple Threats During Triple Digits

By Kat Kelin on July 15, 2020

"We began this series nearly a year ago, after another very hot summer. We end it in a changed world.

In some ways, the end brings us back to the beginning. By 2100, Sacramento is still expected to feel more like Phoenix or Tucson. That is still going to affect our lands, our health and our quality of life, especially for the most vulnerable among us. We still need solutions that both prevent future climate change and adapt to the changes already here.

Air Quality Impacts Early Brain Development

June 17, 2020
Researchers at the University of California, Davis, have found a link between traffic-related air pollution and an increased risk for changes in brain development relevant to neurodevelopmental disorders. Their study, based on rodent models, corroborates previous epidemiological evidence showing this association.

Half the Earth Relatively Intact From Global Human Influence

June 11, 2020
Roughly half of Earth’s ice-free land remains without significant human influence, according to a study from a team of international researchers led by the National Geographic Society and the University of California, Davis.

California’s Climate Refugia: Mapping the Stable Places

June 08, 2020
Some landscapes can hold their own against climate change better than others. A study from the University of California, Davis, maps these places, called 'climate refugia,' where existing vegetation is most likely to buffer the impacts of climate change through the end of the century.

Dixon science teacher offers virtual lessons as classrooms are closed

March 20, 2020
As the global coronavirus outbreak has forced schools to close, many teachers have had to adapt to virtual learning. Peggy Harte, a science teacher at Gretchen Higgins Elementary School in Dixon, wanted to make sure students were continuing to learn important science lessons while also getting outside.