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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Author Archive: Sylvia Wright

UCD to tackle child obesity in Central Valley

UC Davis professor Adela de la Torre, a national expert on Chicano and Latino health issues, received a five-year, $4.8 million federal grant Monday to discover the best ways to help Mexican-heritage children in California maintain healthy weights. The study, called “Niños Sanos, Familia Sana” (Healthy Children, Healthy Family), will take place in the Central […]

UCD studies link hunting to lead in scavenger birds

Two new UC Davis studies add scientific evidence that hunters’ lead ammunition often finds its way into carrion-eating birds, such as eagles and turkey vultures. These scavenger species often take advantage of animal remains left behind when a hunter cleans a kill or when a shot deer or wild pig escapes the hunter but dies […]

UCD: Human virus linked to deaths of endangered mountain gorillas

For the first time, a virus that causes respiratory disease in humans has been linked to the deaths of wild mountain gorillas, reports a team of researchers in the United States and Africa. The finding confirms that serious diseases can pass from people to these endangered animals. The researchers are from the nonprofit Mountain Gorilla […]

Study finds few white sharks off California coast

In the first census of its kind, research led by UC Davis and Stanford University found that there are far fewer white sharks off central California than biologists had thought. The study, published Tuesday in the journal Biology Letters, is the first rigorous scientific estimate of white shark numbers in the northeast Pacific Ocean. It is also the best […]

Grad students introduce kids to ah-ha! moments of science

On a recent day in a busy sixth-grade classroom in Sacramento, the students are learning how to build a battery from a grapefruit. The students don safety glasses, then poke zinc nails through the fruit’s thick rind and wire the nails to a voltage meter. The Foothill Oaks Elementary School students are, indeed, learning the […]

Climate change affects migration

A daylong conference on Saturday at UC Davis will consider the plight of people like Maria Teresa Moreno, one of the world’s newest class of migrants: those driven from their homes by climate change. In August, tropical storm Alex flooded her house, which sits alongside the Rio de la Silla in a lower-class barrio in […]

Island study reveals climate-change effects

Special to The Enterprise \n A large-scale UC Davis experiment with ants, lizards and seaweed on a dozen Caribbean islands shows that predicting the effects of environmental change on complex natural ecosystems requires a large laboratory. \n The study, which was led by UCD ecologist Jonah Piovia-Scott, is described in the current issue of the […]

UCD sheds light on saving energy

Special to The Enterprise \n UC Davis turned on a new Smart Lighting Initiative on Monday to slash the amount of electricity it uses to illuminate its buildings and grounds. UCD is the first large institution in California to act on a September state mandate to reduce lighting energy use by 60 percent or more […]

Gloomy news for Tahoe snowpack

Special to the Enterprise \n UC Davis scientists this week say new computer models paint a troubling picture for Lake Tahoe even under optimistic climate change scenarios. \n In their most detailed forecast yet, they predict: \n * The average snowpack in the Tahoe Basin will decline by 40 to 60 percent by the year […]

UCD: Oil replacements won\’t be ready in time

Special to the Enterprise \n At the current pace of research and development, global oil will run out 90 years before replacement technologies are ready, says a new UC Davis study based on stock market expectations. \n The forecast was published online Monday in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. It is based on the […]

Study: Low elevations hold climate surprises

Special to The Enterprise Contrary to expectations, climate change has had a significant effect on mountain plants at low elevations, says a new study led by a UC Davis researcher. The information could guide future conservation efforts at local scales by helping decision-makers anticipate biological responses to climate changes, said lead author Susan Harrison, a […]

Stream bank biodiversity serves farmers and ranchers

Special to The Enterprise On farms and rangelands in Yolo County, the stream and canal areas with the greatest variety of plants and soil organisms have the healthiest soil and least pollution potential, according to a novel UC Davis study. ÒWe inventoried plants and soil organisms on a large landscape level and matched them to […]

Warmer ocean waters favor aliens over natives

Special to The Enterprise Warmer oceans promote invasive animals and threaten natives, say UC Davis marine biologists who report striking new evidence from the eastern Pacific fishing harbor of Bodega Bay. For 50 years, researchers at the universityÕs Bodega Marine Laboratory have been monitoring plant and animal life in the bay, said study co-author Susan […]

UCD has advice on saving energy

Special to The Enterprise How can you maximize your energy efficiency at home to reduce greenhouse gas emissions? Find out how much energy you use. Changing your habits to decrease energy used for lighting, temperature control and appliances is a move in the right direction. But to make a measurable impact on conservation, learn how […]

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