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Climate Change (Video)

Climate change is here; it's happening. Find out what that means, why scientists are so sure and what we need to do now.

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Center for Climate Change Impacts and Adaptations

As humankind faces massive changes in weather patterns, sea level, ocean acidity, and oxygen levels, Scripps Oceanography has launched a new center focused on understanding and adapting to the impacts of climate change. Mark Merrifield, Director of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Center for Climate Change Impacts and Adaptations explains how the members of this dynamic network will develop strategies for climate change adaptation. Series: "Jeffrey B. Graham Perspectives on Ocean Science Lecture Series" [Science] [Show ID: 33720]

53mins

1 Aug 2018

Rank #1

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(Re)active Resilience: How to Thrive in a Changing Climate

Drawing on personal experiences of living with the Maasai tribe in east Africa and the Inuit of Greenland – whose cultures and resilience derive from living in constantly changing environments - Jacqueline McGlade explores how mind-sets, economies and ecosystems can become (re)active and more resilient to an increasingly uncertain world. McGlade has pioneered research in the dynamics of ecosystems, citizen science and social and environmental informatics. Series: "Bren School of Environmental Science & Management" [Science] [Show ID: 33663]

58mins

9 Jul 2018

Rank #2

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Coral Doctors

An overview the collaborative work of a coral reef ecologist and a cell biologist in their quest to understand the effects of global climate change on coral biology. By combining biomedical laboratory techniques and fieldwork, they are attempting to understand the cellular mechanisms that are disrupted during bleaching, eutrophication, and ocean acidification, and the implications for coral reef ecosystems. Series: "Jeffrey B. Graham Perspectives on Ocean Science Lecture Series" [Science] [Show ID: 33488]

53mins

7 Jun 2018

Rank #3

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California Accomplishments in Addressing Climate Change featuring Robert Epstein

California reached its goal of reducing emissions to 1990 levels four years ahead of the 2020 target date. Robert Epstein, co-founder of Environmental Entrepreneurs, takes a look at what is and is not working as we plan for an additional 40% reduction by 2030. He also examines California's role in reducing worldwide emissions in both developing and developed countries. Series: "UC Public Policy Channel" [Public Affairs] [Science] [Show ID: 34463]

1hr 22mins

13 Feb 2019

Rank #4

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Cities Adaptations to Sea Level Rise: Kristina Hill

Since we don’t yet know how fast and how high sea levels are going to rise, Berkeley urban designer Kristina Hill stresses that our strategies must be ready and be adaptive as conditions change. Rising seas pose multiple dangers. Groundwater rises on top of sea level causing inland flooding. What can we do to prepare? Kristina Hill says a fundamental principle of landscape architecture -- "dig a hole, make a mound” -- offers a time-tested strategy. Series: "Climate Solutions " [Public Affairs] [Show ID: 33070]

5mins

7 Aug 2018

Rank #5

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A Climate Change Solution Beneath Our Feet

Skyelark Ranch, owned an operated by UC Davis graduate Alexis Robertson and her husband Gillies, uses rotational grazing while raising sheep, which can benefit plant growth, drought resistance, and the climate. The grazing encourages plant growth, which through photosynthesis, captures carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and stores it in the soil, where it can create healthier soils and stay out of our atmosphere. Series: "UCTV Prime" [Science] [Agriculture] [Show ID: 34110]

1min

8 Oct 2018

Rank #6

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Can Seaweed Cut Methane Emissions on Dairy Farms?

Seaweed may be the super food dairy cattle need to reduce the amount of methane they burp into the atmosphere. Early results from research at the University of California, Davis, indicate that just a touch of the ocean algae in cattle feed could dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions from Californias 1.8 million dairy cows. Series: "UCTV Prime" [Science] [Agriculture] [Show ID: 34105]

1min

15 Oct 2018

Rank #7

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Brief History of Global Change: Charles Marshall

It’s hard to comprehend large-scale change over time, says Berkeley paleontologist Charles Marshall. The rapid increase in greenhouse gas emission, soaring population growth, and resource extraction have largely occurred within one lifetime. Today, of course, human-driven change is undeniable, global and threatening. See what UC Berkeley is doing to make a difference in our future – in our climate, environment, biodiversity and energy use. Series: "Cal Future Forum: Our Changing World" [Science] [Show ID: 33076]

4mins

16 Aug 2018

Rank #8

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California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross

Karen Ross, Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, discusses the future of food and public policy in California and around the world at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. Secretary Ross covers everything from the challenges of water management in the face of climate change, to reforming United States immigration policy to benefit farmers, farm workers, and the country as a whole. Series: "Immigration" [Public Affairs] [Agriculture] [Show ID: 34017]

58mins

12 Sep 2018

Rank #9

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Social Cost of Carbon: Max Auffhammer

Bending the threatening trajectory of global climate change surely seems daunting. Max Auffhammer argues that a single powerful tool can generate major change worldwide: price incentives. His focus is the social cost of carbon -- an estimate, expressed in dollars and cents, of the damage that one ton of CO2 emitted into the atmosphere has on the entire globe. This is a number that governments should use to evaluate the benefits and costs of new regulations that affect greenhouse gas emissions. Series: "Cal Future Forum: Our Changing World" [Public Affairs] [Show ID: 33073]

4mins

7 Aug 2018

Rank #10

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Coastal Water Security with Distributed Offshore Reverse Osmosis

California's recent drought has highlighted the need for a reliable source of water. Peter Stricker of SeaWell presents a reverse osmosis (RO) system to address climate-driven drought which is an entirely new approach to water supply. The SeaWell buoy is a self-contained floating vessel, moored to the sea floor, with seawater intake and brine diffusion outfall. It contains reverse osmosis equipment, electric power and water piping, and can permeate water at a rate of 950–3,800 acre-feet/year. The implementation plan is to deploy pilot SeaWell Buoys at a water cost already below the cost of State water,initially partnering with water districts to deploy five water portals. Landing sites could be chosen based in previously disturbed areas, such as decommissioned oil receiving facilities and sanitary district outfalls. These deployments will augment new water reuse projects, and share siting and infrastructure. Series: "Institute for Energy Efficiency" [Science] [Show ID: 35163]

29mins

30 Oct 2019

Rank #11

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What is Geoengineering and Can It Save the Planet

Can geoengineering save the planet? Injecting particles into the atmosphere to counter the warming effects of climate change would do nothing to offset the crop damage from rising global temperatures, according to a new analysis by UC Berkeley researchers. Shading the planet keeps things cooler, which helps crops grow better. But plants also need sunlight to grow, so blocking sunlight can affect growth. Series: "UC Berkeley News" [Science] [Show ID: 33999]

2mins

22 Aug 2018

Rank #12

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Dispatch from the Resistance with Kevin De León -- UC Public Policy Channel

California State Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León outlines the state’s efforts to protect its progressive agenda on climate, immigration and the economy as it girds itself from policies being implemented by the federal government. De León, a Democrat, is also running for the United States Senate but must first win one of two spots in California’s June 2018 primary before he can compete in November’s general election. He is presented by the Goldman School of Public Policy and the Berkeley Forum at UC Berkeley. Series: "UC Public Policy Channel" [Public Affairs] [Show ID: 33564]

55mins

14 May 2018

Rank #13

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Responsive Low-Carbon Buildings: Mary Ann Piette

Our homes and buildings consume huge amounts of energy – up to 40 percent of all energy use in the US. Research at Berkeley Lab has greatly boosted energy efficiency in buildings but the challenge now is not just how much energy we use, but when we use it. We need to shift loads to times when there are plenty of renewables in our electric system, and reduce load at other times of the day. New technologies will get our energy production and our energy consumption talking to each other. Series: "Cal Future Forum: Our Changing World" [Science] [Show ID: 33078]

4mins

2 Aug 2018

Rank #14

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The Tibetan Plateau

This documentary produced by the UCLA Geography department explores new methods of climate modeling that allow researchers to predict the future climate of Tibet. [Science] [Show ID: 34462]

27mins

12 Feb 2019

Rank #15

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Financial Policy and Sustainability with California State Treasurer Fiona Ma

From highways to trains to housing, where governments spend money can have a major impact on the environment and the economy. Join California State Treasurer Fiona Ma, the Center for Environmental Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy and the Berkeley Forum for a discussion on major finance policy issues facing the State of California, including green bonds and sustainable finance. Fiona Ma is California’s 34th State Treasurer. She was elected on November 6, 2018 with more votes than any other candidate for treasurer in the state’s history. She is the first woman of color and the first woman Certified Public Accountant (CPA) elected to the position. California is the world’s fifth-largest economy and Treasurer Ma is the state’s primary banker. Her office processes more than $2 trillion in payments within a typical year and provides transparency and oversight for an investment portfolio of more than $90 billion. Series: "UC Public Policy Channel" [Public Affairs] [Show ID: 35321]

57mins

28 Oct 2019

Rank #16

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The Impact of Routing Apps on Traffic: Alexandre Bayen

Sometimes, trying to make things better actually makes them worse. If only a few people use apps to evade traffic snarls, everything works, but as more and more drivers tap on navigation apps for the fastest route around the freeway crawl, they often slow things down. They create new congestion -- at freeway exits and on streets not designed for heavy traffic. Berkeley’s Alexandre Bayen is working to devise policy and technologies that help app makers work collaboratively with city planners. Series: "Cal Future Forum: Our Changing World" [Science] [Show ID: 33081]

5mins

14 Aug 2018

Rank #17

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Sustainable Energy Science and Policy: Dan Kammen

Dan Kammen’s Berkeley research group has revealed the need for a dramatic shift to electricity and away from both fossil and biofuels. Meanwhile, 1.3 billion people – 15 percent of the world population – still lack electricity, and their growing demand for it would raise – not lower – global temperatures. The solution, Kammen says, must be local. He sees great promise in efforts to bring together new technologies with best practices to electrify those who don’t have power and to “green it” for everybody else. Series: "UC Public Policy Channel" [Public Affairs] [Science] [Show ID: 33072]

6mins

26 Jul 2018

Rank #18

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Coast Redwood and Giant Sequoia Mega-Genomes Sequenced May Help Fight Effects of Climate Change

Scientists, including from UC Davis, have successfully sequenced the coast redwood and giant sequoia genomes, completing the first major milestone of a five-year project to develop the tools necessary to study these forests’ genomic diversity. Over the past 150 years, 95 percent of the ancient coast redwood range and about one-third of the giant sequoia range have been logged. If diversity has declined, it could leave the redwoods vulnerable to drought, fire and other stressors related to climate change. Series: "UCTV Prime" [Science] [Show ID: 35170]

2mins

16 Sep 2019

Rank #19

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What Are Climate Models Good For?

The earth's climate is dynamic and complex. Large changes in climate are recorded in ice cores, ocean mud and over the last two centuries, instrumental records. However, to understand the large scale patterns in climate and their changes and drivers, climate models are not only useful, but increasingly necessary to make skillful predictions for the future. Though critically important, understanding the role of climate models is often misunderstood or distorted. Climate scientist Gavin Schmidt discusses how climate models are not only useful, but increasingly necessary. Series: "Bren School of Environmental Science & Management" [Science] [Show ID: 33355]

57mins

9 Apr 2018

Rank #20