Sustainability

Bringing Big Data to the Vineyard

May 26, 2020
Big data is all around us –– even in the wine we drink. UC Davis’ Smart Farm Big Idea is tackling how to take some of this vast trove of information and synthesize it for the benefit of agriculture.

The Coronavirus Pandemic Isn’t Slowing Climate Change

May 11, 2020
With the coronavirus pandemic shutting down most global activity, a consequent crash in global carbon emissions has been widely reported. While analysts agree the historic lockdowns will significantly lower emissions, some environmentalists argue the drop is nowhere near enough.

Concrete Solutions That Lower Both Emissions and Air Pollution

March 23, 2020
Concrete production contributes 8 percent of global greenhouse gases, and demand continues to rise as populations and incomes grow. Yet some commonly discussed strategies to reduce the sector’s global GHG emissions could, under some scenarios, increase local air pollution and related health damages, according to a study from the University of California, Davis.

The Future of Food

January 14, 2020
Food is more than the energy that fuels our bodies –– it is preventive medicine. Maybe not a cheesy chimichanga, but the type of food that is loaded with vitamins and proteins can maximize the benefits to the human body.

Taking a Byte Out of Big Data in Farming

January 13, 2020
The volume of data produced globally is massive, tracking everything from how much television we watch, to worldwide weather patterns, to the nutrient content of the soil we use to grow food.

The Delta’s Sinking Islands

January 12, 2020
A fight over the management of a diked island in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta is shining a light on a growing conundrum for California water managers, farmers and environmentalists over the best way to restore natural habitat on cropland created more than a century ago by draining marshes.