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How drones can help dairy farms manage methane emissions

"Dairy farms produce large amounts of two things: milk and poop. Milk finds its way into delicacies like hot cocoa and grilled cheese sandwiches but the poop just piles up. Dairy farmers bulldoze the mess into artificial ponds called manure lagoons, where anaerobic microbes break it down into methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. Methane traps...

Who’s responsible for roadside rubbish?

New research reveals that items in litter typically originate less than two miles from where they’re found — and unless humans remove them, most of these items will never leave the environment. For the study, researchers from the University of California, Riverside spent a month collecting trash from seven sites across the Inland Empire. They...

Cleaning your car may not protect you from this carcinogen

"It is unlikely that a cancer-causing chemical inside your car can be dusted or wiped way, according to new UC Riverside research. This finding has now been published in the journal Environmental Research. It follows on the heels of a related study showing the longer your commute, the more you’re exposed to this chemical." Read...

UCR experts weigh drought's long-term impacts

Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a drought emergency for the entire state of California this past month. The period from Oct. 1, 2020 to Sept. 30, 2021 was the second-driest year on record in California. Almost 90% of the state is in throes of extreme drought. Reservoir storage is 60% of average. Said one state water...

Featured Soil Modeller

Salini Sasidharan has been featured as the 'Featured Soil Modeller' in a recent newsletter for the International Soil Modeling Consortium. "Salini Sasidharan is an emerging young scientist in the critical areas of Environmental Science and Engineering, including groundwater quantity and quality management, sustainable irrigated agriculture, and resilient urban and rural water resources infrastructures." Read More

Learning more than ever, faster than ever, about what we breathe

Nobody is currently taking continuous, routine measurements of the particles suspended in America’s air, called aerosols. That is set to change as a new, nationwide monitoring network launches with a site in Riverside, California. Read More
By Jules Bernstein |

Critical groundwater supplies may never recover from drought

"Along with hurricanes and wildfires, there's another important, but seldom-discussed effect of climate change — toxic water and sinking land made worse by groundwater drought. Water from snow and rain seeps deep into the ground between layers of soil and accumulates in sponge-like underground bathtubs, called aquifers. Farmers rely heavily on this groundwater to irrigate...

2021 ENSC Virtual Graduation Ceremony

Join us on Friday, June 11, 2021 at 4:30 pm to celebrate the success of our students via Zoom

Developing a Collaborative Relationship with Stakeholders

In this workshop, a group of expert panel members discusses common challenges and good practices to facilitate the exchange of knowledge, experience, and best practices to establish a stakeholder relationship that will be of great benefit for future professors and scientists.

Commuters are inhaling unacceptably high levels of carcinogens

A new study finds that California’s commuters are likely inhaling chemicals at levels that increase the risk for cancer and birth defects. As with most chemicals, the poison is in the amount. Under a certain threshold of exposure, even known carcinogens are not likely to cause cancer. Once you cross that threshold, the risk for...
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UCR wins $10 million to develop AI for sustainable agriculture

The University of California, Riverside, has won a $10 million grant to develop artificial intelligence that will increase the environmental and economic stability of agriculture in the Western U.S. This Sustainable Agricultural Systems grant is one of nine given by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, or NIFA, annually to...
By Jules Bernstein | UCR News |

ENSC 2020 Online Graduation Ceremony

Join us on Sunday June 14th at 11 AM to celebrate the success of our students via Zoom.

Department of Environmental Sciences Plan to Action

The Department of Environmental Sciences joins in solidarity with our Black community of students, staff, and colleagues to strongly condemn racism. View our Plan to Action

Shrub encroachment on grasslands can increase groundwater recharge

Grasslands across the globe, which support the majority of the world’s grazing animals, have been transitioning to shrublands in a process that scientists call “woody plant encroachment.” Managed grazing of drylands is the most extensive form of land use on the planet, which has led to widespread efforts to reverse this trend and restore grass...
By Holly Ober | UCR News |
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New commuter concern: cancerous chemical in car seats

The longer your commute, the more you’re exposed to a chemical flame retardant that is a known carcinogen and was phased out of furniture use because it required a Proposition 65 warning label in California. That is the conclusion of a new UC Riverside study published this month in the journal Environment International. While much...
By Jules Bernsten | UCR News |

Roux Associates is seeking to hire UCR students

Roux @RouxAssociates is seeking to hire UCR students majoring in environmental engineering, geology, chemical engineering, environmental science mechanical engineering, physics, biology, and chemistry. Read more and RSVP.

Agricultural area residents in danger of inhaling toxic aerosols

Excess selenium from fertilizers and other natural sources can create air pollution that could lead to lung cancer, asthma, and Type 2 diabetes, according to new UC Riverside research. The UCR research team conducted previous studies in the Salton Sea area, which contains selenium-rich wetlands and soils toxic to birds and fish. The researchers’ studies...
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