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May 8, 2018
Climate change ruining California’s environment, report warns   By Peter Fimrite   Bigger, more intense forest fires, longer droughts, warmer ocean temperatures and an ever shrinking snowpack in the Sierra Nevada are “unequivocal” evidence of the ruinous...
May 7, 2018
A century of fire suppression has left Western forests overgrown. That has interrupted nature’s regular fire cycle and means that when fires do happen, they become catastrophic because there is plentiful fuel to burn. It also means forests are sucking up more water than they did historically...
April 23, 2018
There are too many trees in Sierra Nevada forests, say experts from UC Merced, UC Irvine and the National Park Service working at the National Science Foundation Southern Sierra Critical Zone Observatory (NSF SSCZO). This comes as a surprise to those of us who see dense, verdant forests as a sign...
April 13, 2018
April is Earth Month. It’s also when UC Water Academy — an intensive course aimed at training the next generation of California water experts — starts its second year. To mark the occasion, UC Water released its second video for the UCTV Sustainable California...
April 9, 2018
Environmental Systems doctoral student Stefanie Helmrich was awarded the Delta Science Fellowship, becoming UC Merced’s first recipient of the prestigious award. Helmrich received one of nine fellowships awarded this year by the state’s Delta Stewardship Council. The award...
March 22, 2018
From Montana to California, wildfires in 2017 shattered record after record and cost the Forest Service an unprecedented $2 billion . The blazes ravaged rural landscapes and business centers and claimed dozens of lives , including those of at least two firefighters. This season’s...
March 12, 2018
Los Cenzontles (The Mockingbirds), an award-winning band heavily influenced by Mexican folk music, is coming to UC Merced on March 14 for a free concert and a music workshop. Both events are free and open to all. The workshop takes place at 2 p.m. in the Crescent Arch Room, and the concert begins...
March 9, 2018
The California we know is the breadbasket of the nation, producing more than two-thirds of the country's fruits and nuts, including almonds, pistachios, oranges, apricots, nectarines and prunes, and more than a third of its vegetables, including artichokes, broccoli, spinach and carrots. It...
March 5, 2018
Research projects substantial increases in area burned across western North America, with implications for land managers and policy makers. Above: Projected change in annual area burned for the period 2010–2039, with red colors indicating areas with the greatest increase in area...

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