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2 new agreements between UC Davis, Australia

Global Affairs and the Office of Research recently announced separate partnerships with Australian entities: Global Affairs with Hort Innovation, for research in horticulture; and the Office of Research with CSIRO, the country’s premier national science organization, for research in agriculture and more.

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Ecologist Susan Harrison elected to National Academy

Susan Harrison, a professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors a scientist can receive. As an ecologist, Harrison studies the processes that shape and maintain plant species diversity at the landscape scale.

 

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Santa Clara Valley Water District Board postpones vote on Delta Tunnels

Left to right: Tony Estremera, District 6; Richard Santos, District 3; John L. Varela, District 1; Gary Kremen, District 7; Barbara Keegan, District 2; Nai Hsueh, District 5; and Linda J. LeZotte, District 4. Photo courtesy of the Santa Clara Valley Water District.
By Dan Bacher | May 6, 2018 | 

The Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors decided at a special meeting Wednesday evening to put off their decision on whether to participate in Governor Jerry Brown’s controversial Delta Tunnels project, citing the requests by Board Members for additional time to review the large volume of materials provided to them by staff.
The board will revisit the issue on Tuesday, May 8, at 9:30 a.m. in the board room at the district headquarters, 5750 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA 95118... Read More

If El Niños happen twice as often in the future, what happens to seabirds?

More frequent El Niño events in the future may have surprising impacts on seabirds and some fish species, according to a study from the University of California, Davis.

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California's love affair with big oil from marine 'protection' to cap-and-trade

By Dan Bacher | April 27, 2018 |  
My long series of articles investigating the power of Big Oil in California, including my coverage of the passage last year of Jerry Brown’s legislation extending California’s cap-and-trade program past 2020, began at the Annual Legislative Fisheries Forum at the State Capitol in March of 2009.
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Metropolitan Water District reverses course on Delta Tunnels again

By Dan Bacher | April 7, 2018 | 
The Metropolitan Water District (MWD) of Southern California, one of the key backers of Governor Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels project, on Friday, April 6, changed its position again on whether to finance a two tunnels project or a staged project, with one tunnel to be built first and a second tunnel to be constructed later.

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Surprise: white paper commissioned by Delta Tunnels proponents claims CA WaterFix would benefit fish

By Dan Bacher | March 15, 2018 | 

The Orange County Coastkeeper has commissioned a white paper, “Making the Delta a Better Place for Native Fishes,” claiming Governor Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels could help to restore Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta fish if built. 
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