Environment & Energy

Climate change’s effect on Rocky Mountain plant is driven by sex

UCI study of valerian is first to detail gender-specific species responses to global warming

Michael Prather

NOAA names Michael Prather to climate assessment panel

Michael Prather, UCI professor of Earth system science, has been appointed to the Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment by the National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Administration. The panel provides input on climate assessment activities to NOAA, which relays the information to the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy. Prather’s term lasts […]

El Niño could drive intense season for Amazon fires

UCI, NASA analysis suggests higher risk than previous drought years

Michael Prather wins Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award

Michael Prather, professor of Earth system science at UCI, has won the California Air Resources Board’s elite Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award for fundamental contributions to the scientific understanding of the role and impacts of various air pollutants and greenhouse gases. His research group integrates global modeling with satellite measurements of the composition and chemistry of […]

Chemists find new way to recycle plastic waste into fuel

Approach tackles most commonly used synthetic plastic

UCI chemists help find way to recycle plastic waste into fuel

Millions of tons of plastic bottles, bags and other trash littering the oceans and clogging landfills could be turned into reusable fuel, thanks to research by the University of California, Irvine and the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry. UCI chemist Zhibin Guan is among those who have figured out how to dissolve the strong bonds […]

UCI and Kia Motors study electric vehicles, power grids

Kia Motors of America is providing six electric cars to University of California, Irvine’s Advanced Power and Energy Program as part of an initiative to study the role of auto batteries in advanced electrical grids. “The rapidly evolving coupling of vehicles and the electric grid requires planning based on informed decisions supported by the market-based, […]

Kathleen Treseder named a fellow of leading US ecological society

Kathleen Treseder, professor of ecology & evolutionary biology, has been elected a fellow of the Ecological Society of America in 2016 in recognition of advancing the science of ecology. Specifically, the ESA cited her leadership in evaluating and communicating the importance of fungi in ecosystems, including in mediating ecosystem responses to global climate change. “This […]

Global Food Summit at UCI to address sustainable solutions to feeding the world

EVENT:  Global Food Summit: Sustainable Solutions is the second of a two-part Global Food Security conference held at University of California, Irvine. Internationally renowned food security leaders, practitioners and academics will address critical topics, ranging from global efforts to improve agriculture to the promise of technological advances. For full list of events, go to: http://blumcenter.uci.edu/gfs/ […]

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Eye-popping Earth Week exhibit shows how far campus is from zero-waste goal