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The first nationwide vulnerability assessment for ocean acidification is bad news for seaside communities on East and West coasts. (Thinkstock photo)

Shellfish and acidic oceans

The first nationwide vulnerability assessment for ocean acidification, published in Nature Climate Change, shows that coastal communities in 15 states that depend on the nation’s approximately $1 billion shelled-mollusk (e.g., oysters and clams) industry are at long-term economic risk from ocean acidification.

The assessment illustrates that vulnerable communities are not confined to the Pacific Northwest, which has been the primary focal point of attention and resources. Newly identified communities at risk reside everywhere from Maine to the Chesapeake Bay to the Louisiana bayou.

“Ocean acidification has already cost the oyster industry in the Pacific Northwest nearly $110 million and jeopardized about 3,200 jobs,” said Julia Ekstrom, who was lead author of the research while a scientist with Natural Resources Defense Council and now is director of the climate adaptation program at the UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy.

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UPDATED: UC Davis student recovering from meningococcal disease

Updated 4:30 p.m. Feb. 25: University and Yolo County Public Health officials say the student with meningococcal disease is recovering. The officials added that they had contacted people who had been in close contact with the student, so that they could arrange preventive medication for them. Read…

UC Davis event explores Chinese alcoholic beverages

Foodies, wine and beverage industry professionals, and academics will explore the history and modern appreciation of Chinese alcoholic beverages, or "jiu," at a daylong conference at UC Davis on March 26. "Understanding Jiu: The History and Culture of Alcoholic Beverages in China" is organized by…

Devastating citrus greening disease targeted by USDA grants

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Two new research projects aimed at preventing and diagnosing the devastating citrus greening disease have been launched at the University of California, Davis, funded by more than $5 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. USDA recently announced a new $30 million effort to…

Natural gas trucking fleet could benefit economy, but has mixed environmental effects

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Switching from diesel fuel to natural gas may hold advantages for the nation’s heavy-duty trucking fleet, but more needs to be done to reach the full environmental benefits, according to a report released today from the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California,…

Consumers increasingly face companies’ creative smoke and mirrors, UC Davis study finds

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Heavily marketed as a safer, healthful alternative to smoking, electronic cigarettes are under fire from California health officials who have declared “vaping” a public health threat, hoping to head off the type of deceptive manipulation that tobacco companies succeeded with for decades,…