Environment/Energy

UCI professor William Cooper and his students count and catalog plastic trash

Trashing the ocean

On a clear spring day at Crystal Cove State Park, UC Irvine professor William Cooper and undergraduate Tova Handelman sift though a mound of seaweed and sand, oblivious to the curious stares of beachgoers. They’re too busy studying trash. “Look at all this plastic!” says Cooper, picking out a pellet no bigger than a grain […]

New windows into space

Researchers in UC Irvine’s Center for Cosmology are opening new windows into space and finding lost matter and bright galaxies.

How big is your carbon footprint?

UCI research group uses collaborative filtering to build a better online carbon footprint calculator.

a Haitian boy receives treatment at a medical clinic at the United Nations Stabilization Mission's logistics base

Hope for Haiti’s future

As Haiti begins rebuilding after a devastating earthquake, three UCI professors discuss how it could emerge a stronger country.

Diane Pataki

Climate change: smart strategies

Inundated with conflicting advice on how to reduce your carbon footprint? Diane Pataki, associate professor of Earth system science, will clear up the confusion.

Transgenic Hydra expressing the green fluorescent protein.

UCI a historical hotbed of hydra research

UCI biologists’ groundbreaking work with the freshwater polyp hydra helped put a young campus on the map.

Keeping the Mexican coast clear

UCI’s Sharon Stern and colleagues are helping a Mexican coastal village preserve a coral reef by better managing its wastewater.

Gas centrifuge plant

Laser-based uranium enrichment risky

Risks of laser-based uranium enrichment outweigh rewards, says UCI economist Linda Cohen.

Jay Famiglietti

Documenting California’s water woes

UCI hydrologist Jay Famiglietti calls much-needed attention to California’s dwindling groundwater supply.

Plant predator

Plants, insects wage garden war

Plants that grow rapidly have poor internal defenses against pests. So it’s ladybugs, and others, to the rescue.