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Act now to avoid irreversible climate tipping point, scientists urge

By Kat Kerlin Five UC Davis faculty members joined more than 500 top global change scientists in signing a statement that outlines the key environmental issues – from climate change to pollution and population growth — policymakers must address to …
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Video: Wildfires becoming hotter, faster and more frequent as climate changes

From Colorado’s record-breaking Waldo Canyon fire to blazes burning across California, Washington and western rangelands, the summer of 2012 — like many recent summers — has been marked by a long, intense wildfire season. It has claimed thousands of acres, …
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Oaxaca earthquake, one day later

A major earthquake struck Mexico just after 11 a.m. Pacific Time yesterday. Initial reports put the magnitude at 7.9 and relatively close to the surface, which would be a very serious earthquake. However, news reports from Mexico City and then …
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Verosub teaches emergency response in Italy

Ken Verosub, Distinguished Professor in the geology department, spent two weeks in September in Pavia, Italy, teaching a short course on Earth Sciences and Natural Disasters in a masters program on risk and emergency management. (Photo: Verosub, center leads the …
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Can renewables replace nuclear, other energy sources?

On the New York Times Economix blog, Nancy Folbre, an economics professor at the University of Massachusetts, argues that renewable energy sources like wind and solar could replace other energy sources, especially nuclear energy. Folbre draws on a 2009 Scientific …
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New approaches to earthquake forecasting

In this interview with Thompson Reuters ScienceWatch, UC Davis interdisciplinary professor John Rundle talks about the new approaches that he and his collaborators have developed to understanding earthquakes over the past 20 years or so. Rather than treating them as …
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Video: Black Swans and White Whales

In June this year UC Davis geologist Ken Verosub organized an on-line discussion and a special session for a World Bank Conference on Understanding Risk – Innovation in Disaster Risk Assessment. At the opening ceremony, each session leader was asked …
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Dr Verosub Goes to Washington

Last February, on his first day at the State Department, Ken Verosub was told to prepare a briefing book on water issues for Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. A few weeks later, on World Water Day, Clinton drew on …
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Videos: UC Davis experts report on oil clean up, demo dispersants

Two videos on this page. Mike Ziccardi of the UC Davis Oiled Wildlife Care Network reports from the Gulf of Mexico from efforts to treat turtles, dolphins and other animals. The impact on the coast, he says, is “indescribable.” In …
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Must-read from the Gulf: How much is a turtle worth?

Michael Ziccardi, director of the Oiled Wildlife Care Network, has been blogging from the Gulf of Mexico where he his helping organize cleanup efforts. In this post Ziccardi discusses the costs of saving wildlife from oil spills. Wildlife rescue is …
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