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Marine Life Recovered After Mass Extinction

The ECOreport reposts a story of the planet’s evolutionary past,  marine life recovered after mass extinction

Originally Published on UC Davis News

By Becky Oskin

Reptiles rapidly invaded the seas soon after a global extinction wiped out most life on Earth, according to a new study led by University of California, Davis, researchers.

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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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The Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Well Blowout

The ECOreport reposts a story of failures of natural gas infrastructure, the Aliso Canyon natural gas well blowout

Originally Published on UC Davis News

By Kat Kerlin

The Aliso Canyon natural gas well blowout, first reported on Oct. 23, 2015, released over 100,000 tons of the powerful greenhouse gas methane before the well was sealed on Feb. 11, according to the first study of the accident published today in the journal Science. The results confirm that Aliso Canyon is the largest methane leak in U.S. history.

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Traditional Crops May Be Key To Food Security

The ECOreport reposts the story of a global plant-breeding consortium fighting malnutrition & its’ report that traditional crops may be key to food security

Original Published on UC Davis News Service

By Pat Bailey

Davis is partnering in a global plant-breeding consortium that is fighting malnutrition and poverty in Africa by improving the traditional crops of the continent.

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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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Algae Affects Sea Lions’ Ability To Navigate

The ECOreport reposts how exposure to a toxin produced by naturally occurring marine algae affects sea lions’ ability to navigate in the wild

Originally Published on UC Davis

By Andy Fell

Brain scans and behavioral tests of California sea lions that stranded on shore show how an algal toxin disrupts brain networks, leading to deficits in spatial memory, according to a study to be published Dec. 18 in Science. The new findings by scientists at UC Santa Cruz, UC Davis and the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California, suggest that chronic exposure to the toxin domoic acid, produced by naturally occurring marine algae, affects sea lions’ ability to navigate in their ocean habitat and survive in the wild.

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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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