Environment/Energy

Mads Sulbaek Andersen

Termite insecticide a potent greenhouse gas

An insecticide used to fumigate termite-infested buildings is a strong greenhouse gas that lives in the atmosphere nearly 10 times longer than previously thought, UC Irvine research has found.

chemist Reg Penner

Kicking the oil habit

Can the U.S. cure its addiction to oil? To help wean the country from its petroleum habit, UC Irvine researchers have been working to find viable sources of alternative energy – from deep in the earth to the sun. Here, researchers Scott Samuelsen, Reg Penner and Derek Dunn-Rankin discuss their work on transforming solar power, […]

UCI biologist Peter Bryant

Ocean critters captured on film

Peter Bryant, developmental & cell biology professor, has spent decades photographing tide pool invertebrates called filter feeders, which keep the water clear by eating suspended matter and food particles.

A fire in a tropical peat forest on Sumatra in Indonesia

Drought, deforestation link fuels climate change

In the rainforests of equatorial Asia, the practice of using fire to clear forests and destroy organic soil increases substantially in dry years, releasing huge amounts of climate-warming carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, according to a new international study analyzing six years of weather and fire observations.

David Feldman

Working on water

If David Feldman has his way, you could soon be working with water policy managers and scientists to allocate California’s precious liquid resource.

Water droplet on puddle

Water winners

UC Irvine and other organizations recently challenged Orange County students to “imagine life without water” and create multimedia projects promoting water conservation in California.

Drop of water on puddle

Tackling the looming water crisis

Population growth, climate variations and urbanization have the potential to cause chronic water shortages in a growing number of regions worldwide.

Bronchitis up after wildfires

Raging wildfires that engulfed Southern California earlier this decade not only destroyed neighborhoods laying in their path, they also caused significant health problems for many who lived outside the fires’ reach.

Fungi fight global warming

The fight against climate warming has an unexpected ally: mushrooms growing in the dry spruce forests covering Alaska, Canada, Scandinavia and other northern regions.

NASA rendering of the Blended-Wing-Body aircraft

Futuristic air travel

Sharp increases in the price of jet fuel and growing concerns about sustainability have spurred demand for greener, more efficient aircraft, and UCI researchers could help shape the future of commercial aeronautics.