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Posted inCalifornia

UC Davis Grieves the Loss of Fish

UC Davis issued the following statement today (Aug. 11): We are devastated to report that a catastrophic failure has resulted in the loss of about 21,000 fish at the UC Davis Center for Aquatic Biology and Aquaculture, or CABA. The loss appears to be due to chlorine exposure, to which fish are especially sensitive.  We […]

Posted inRegional

UC Davis Launches Clinical Trials to Treat a Deadly Coronavirus Disease in Cats (Not the One that Causes COVID-19)

August 10, 2022 – Scientists from the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine have launched new clinical trials focused on improving treatments for feline infectious peritonitis, or FIP, and are currently enrolling patients at the UC Davis veterinary hospital. FIP is a serious disease caused by a feline coronavirus variant, though not the […]

Posted inRegional

Tahoe State of the Lake Report 2022

The University of California, Davis, Tahoe Environmental Research Center, or TERC, yesterday released its annual Tahoe: State of the Lake Report. The report informs nonscientists about important factors affecting the health of Lake Tahoe and provides the scientific underpinnings for restoration and management decisions within the Lake Tahoe Basin. The report summarizes data collected during 2021 in […]

Posted inLife

Cats Injured in Wildfires at Risk of Deadly Blood Clots

Cats who suffered burns and smoke inhalation in urban California wildfires are at risk of forming deadly blood clots, according to a new study from researchers at the University of California, Davis, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. The study, recently published in the journal Frontiers in Veterinary Science, follows up on a previous discovery that showed […]

Posted inRegional

Lake Tahoe Clarity Report for 2021

The cobalt blue waters of Lake Tahoe were about as clear in 2021 as they were in 2020. But a broader look at clarity measurements shows there is no pattern of consistent clarity improvement over the past 20 years. The lake also has not fully recovered from a spike of fine particles that flowed into […]

Posted inSci/Tech

Global Food Supply-Chain Issues Call for Solutions

Global supply issues related to the pandemic and war in Ukraine have highlighted yet another global vulnerability — food availability. While international trade allows countries to buffer against domestic food shortfalls and gain access to larger markets, what happens when supplies run short, or the global supply chain slows or even breaks down like it […]

Posted inRegional

UC Davis Report: California’s 2020 Wildfire Season

Just over 9,900 wildfires burned about 4.3 million acres in 2020. That’s more than twice the previous record of acres burned in California. Yet it is about average compared to burn rates likely experienced before Euro-American settlement, according to a study from the University of California, Davis, that summarizes the 2020 fire season and examines […]

Posted inRegional

UC Davis: Empowering landowners to learn to burn

Smoke billows over the forest like a slow-moving fog. Dried oak leaves singe, crackle and curl into ash. Neighbors, scientists and agency staffers rake the embers, directing the flames with calm, careful control. Ted Odell’s grandson runs along his namesake trail, Henry’s Hill, to adjust a hose. This is Odell’s property in Placer County, where […]

Posted inSci/Tech

Older wildfire smoke plumes can affect climate

Aerosols carried in wildfire smoke plumes that are hundreds of hours old can still affect climate, according to a study out of the University of California, Davis. The research, published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, suggests that wildfire emissions even 10 days old can affect the properties of aerosols — suspended liquid or […]

Posted inEnviro

How politics, society, and tech shape the path of climate change

Politics and society largely dictate climate policy ambitions and therefore the trajectory of greenhouse gas emissions, yet climate change models and projections rarely include political and social drivers. A study from the University of California, Davis, simulated 100,000 possible future policy and emissions trajectories to identify relevant variables within the climate-social system that could impact […]

Posted inEnviro

A Possible COVID-19 Silver Lining for Great Ape Conservation

Respiratory illness outbreaks among wild mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park have declined since the start of COVID-19, according to a “Correspondence” report in the journal Nature from Gorilla Doctors and the Rwanda Development Board. Mountain gorillas are susceptible to human-transmitted respiratory pathogens. Respiratory illness is the second leading cause of death in wild, human-habituated […]

Posted inRegional

Amid Snow and Ice Declines, What Happens to Sierra Lakes in the Winter?

How small mountain lakes spend their winters is largely unknown to scientists, despite winter representing nearly half the year in such environments. A study by the University of California, Davis, helps demystify what happens above and below the ice.  The study, published in a special issue of the Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, is the first […]

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