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Alternative Fuels Need More Than Hype To Make A Difference

The ECOreport reposts a critique coming from UC Davis, SFU and Navius Research: Alternative Fuels Need More Than Hype To Make A Difference

Originally Posted on UC Davis News

By Kat Kerlin

Hype followed by disappointment: That’s been the general pattern over the past few decades when an alternative fuel is presented to the public. It’s a fuel du jour phenomenon, from methanol to hydrogen, where government leaders and the media hype a new fuel, only to abandon it when lofty expectations are not met.

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Nigri Project Supports Salmon Recovery and Agriculture

The ECO reposts the story of how the Nigri Project Supports Salmon Recovery and Agriculture

Press Release from UC Davis News

By Kat Kerlin

An annual experiment to “plant” salmon in Yolo County rice fields aims to better explain how floodplains support strong salmon populations. Dubbed the “Nigiri Project” for its sushi-like marriage of fish and rice, the research is a collaborative project among the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences, the California Department of Water Resources and nonprofit organization California Trout.

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Replenishing Groundwater To Benefit Everyone

Can this be a solution to the critical water shortages in California’s San Joaquin Valley ? UC Davis claims this is Replenishing Groundwater To Benefit Everyone

Originally Published on UC Davis News

By Kat Kerlin

California’s aquifers are shrinking as more growers pump groundwater to keep crops alive. But that fertile farmland may also provide the means for replenishing groundwater to benefit everyone in the drought-stricken state.

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Where Groundwater Recharge Would Work

UC Davis has come up with a way to help California’s agribusiness that they claim will not hurt local residents. Where Groundwater Recharge Would Work

Originally Published on the UC Davis News Service

By Kat Kerlin

Growers, researchers, policymakers and others can now pinpoint California’s most promising parcels of farmland to help replenish the state’s dwindling groundwater supplies, thanks to a new interactive map developed by the California Soil Resource Lab at the University of California, Davis.

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You May Be Eating Plastic With Your Fish

The ECOreport reposts the story of tests in California & Indonesia that show you may be  eating plastic with your fish

Originally Published on UC Davis News

By Kat Kerlin

Roughly a quarter of the fish sampled from fish markets in California and Indonesia contained man-made debris — plastic or fibrous material — in their guts, according to a study from the University of California, Davis, and Hasanuddin University in Indonesia.

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A Chance To Reform US Wildfire Management

2015 was one of the worst wildfire seasons in a decade but, as this article from UC Davis suggests now there is a Chance To Reform US Wildfire Management

Originally Published on UC Davis

By Kat Kerlin

With nearly 9 million acres burned this year across the nation, 2015 is shaping up to be one of the most destructive wildfire seasons yet in a decade strung with devastating fire seasons. And with drought and climate change, wildfires are only predicted to get worse.

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We Are The Biggest Threat To Mountain Lions

A 13-year-UC Davis-study of mortality & survival in the mountains of Southern California confirms that we are the biggest threat to Mountain Lions

From UC Davis News

By Kat Kerlin

The study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, combined genetic and demographic data to determine that even though hunting mountain lions is prohibited in California, humans caused more than half the known deaths of mountain lions studied. Most were killed through vehicle collisions, depredation permits, illegal shootings, public-safety removals or human-caused wildfire. Annual survival rates were only about 56 percent.

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How UC Davis Saves 61 Million Gallons Of Water A Year

An example of small renovations that can make a BIG difference in terms of a campus’ water consumption How UC Davis Saves 61 Million Gallons Of Water A Year

Originally Published On UC Davis News

By Kat Kerlin

The University of California, Davis, will reap savings of 61 million gallons of potable water annually thanks to the implementation this month of a new process in the Davis campus’s cooling system.

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Emissions from Tar Sands Only 20% Higher

A comparative study gas and diesel emissions from product originating in Alberta and the United States found that emissions from Tar Sands Only 20% Higher

Originally Published on UC Davis

By Kat Kerlin

Gasoline and diesel fuel extracted and refined from Canadian oil sands will release about 20 percent more carbon into the atmosphere over the oil’s lifetime than fuel from conventional crude sources in the Unied States, according to a study by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory; the University of California, Davis; and Stanford University.

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Nanomaterials In Sunscreens And Boats Leave Marine Life Vulnerable

Originally Published on UC Davis News 

By Kat Kerlin

Nanomaterials commonly used in sunscreens and boat-bottom paints are making sea urchin embryos more vulnerable to toxins, according to a study from the University of California, Davis. The authors said this could pose a risk to coastal, marine and freshwater environments.

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