Tag Archives: environment

Can the World Breathe Easy?

UCTV Prime’s series “Lifting the Blanket: The Pursuit of a Climate Change Solution” has been following  the remarkable journey of Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s Veerabhadran Ramanathan, whose scientific curiosity took him from a refrigeration plant in his native country of India to becoming a globally recognized leader in climate change research.

Episodes one and two tracked the progress of his groundbreaking research that identified the significant contribution of CFCs and black carbon soot to global warming. In episode 3, “Can the World Breathe Easy?,” Ramanathan returns to India with an international collaboration to demonstrate that improving cooking methods in the developing world could slow global warming and improve public health along the way.

Watch episode 3 now, or catch up with Ramanthan’s quest to find human-scale solutions to climate change at the series website. Stay tuned February 12 for the fourth and final installment, “Scientific Authority Meets Moral Authority.”

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The Dirty Sky – Atmospheric Brown Clouds

In the first episode of UCTV Prime’s new series “Lifting the Blanket: Pursuit of a Climate Change Solution,” we introduced you to Scripps Institution of Oceanography researcher Veerabhadran Ramanathan, whose curiosity led him from working in a refrigeration plant in India to making a landmark discovery that changed the face of climate research forever.

Episode 2, “The Dirty Sky” depicts what came next in Ramanthan’s quest to find human-scale solutions to climate change. His research uncovered how the black carbon soot from the rural Asian subcontinent was creating damaging atmospheric brown clouds, a major contributor to global warming, second only to CO2. His discoveries led to unprecedented support from the United Nations Environment Programme and new hope for realistic interventions that could conceivably reduce the rate of global warming by as much as 50% in the next 50 years.

Join Ramanathan’s journey and discover how his research is not just about climate change, but about saving lives. Watch “The Dirty Sky — Lifting the Blanket: Pursuit of a Climate Change Solution (Ep.2),” online now. Or start at the beginning with “The Second Front (Ep. 1).”

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A Very Full February – News & Highlights

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The Career Channel: Bridge to Better Employment

The Career Channel

If you or someone you know is a recent college graduate or a graduate in career transition, then stop by UCTV’s newly launched Career Channel, powered by the employment experts at UC San DiegoExtension. As an unbiased provider of information, tools and experts, the channel aims to help job-seekers identify newly emerging areas of career opportunity and to develop paths and plans for necessary reskilling through research, reporting and public dialogue presented through video, radio and print. Check it out today and stay tuned for new programs about the ever-evolving career marketplace!

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Got ‘Superwoman Syndrome?’

In today’s fast-paced world, many women face a unique set of pressures as they juggle life at home, at work, with their friends, and even their appearance. This six-part UCSF Osher Mini MedicalSchool series investigates the origins of these stressors and their physiological impacts, as well as current, scientifically-proven strategies for managing priorities, fostering wellness and achieving a balanced portfolio for health.

Healthy Mind, Healthy Body: A Woman’s Guide to Wellness in Today’s Challenging World

The Evolution of Human Nutrition

Tracing the evolution of the human diet from our earliest ancestors can lead to a better understanding of human adaptation in the past and may also offer clues to the origin of many health problems we currently face, such as obesity and chronic disease. This new series from UC San Diego’s Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA) focuses on the changing diets of our ancestors and what role these dietary transitions played in the evolution of humans.

The Evolution of Human Nutrition

Searching for Democracy

What does our democracy require of us? What are our shared values? How do we define and create a common good? Join the California Council for the Humanities and esteemed scholars, public intellectuals, policy specialists, journalists and authors for a series of conversations on the evolution of civic conversation and the changing nature of democracy over time.

Searching for Democracy


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Health & Medicine

The Female Brain: Balancing Social Expectations with Your Own Health

Attention Deficits and Impulse Control Problems

The Alzheimer’s Prevention Program: Keep Your Brain Healthy for the Rest of Your Life

Shoulder Injury — Health Matters

Research on Pediatric Anxiety

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Science

Lifting the Blanket: Pursuit of a Climate Change Solution

Quantum Cascade Lasers: From Lab Curiosity to Tools (or How to Convert Ideas into Products) with Kumar Patel

Exploring Beyond the Abyss: The Deep Sea Challenge Expedition

Science and Engineering Research in the Global World, with Subra Suresh

New Insights into the Early History of the Earth and Moon

Technology’s Promise, Humanity’s Future

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Public Affairs

2012 Presidential Election Recap

It’s Time to Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans, with Mickey Edwards

Ambassador Martin S. Indyk: The Middle East in Turmoil – What Does It Mean for Israel?

Manifesto for a New Economy with James Gustave Speth

National Security in the 21st Century with General James Cartwright
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Humanities

Black History Month on UCTV

Peter Orner – Story Hour in the Library

The Humanities, without Apology

Lunch Poems: Aaron Shurin

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Arts & Music

To Be Musical: Steven Schick

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Lifting the Blanket: Pursuit of a Climate Change Solution

Lifting the Blanket: Pursuit of a Climate Change SolutionBeginning his career as an engineer at a refrigeration plant in India, Veerabhadran Ramanathan went on to make one of the most important climate change discoveries when he identified chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) as even larger contributors to global warming than the previously identified culprit, carbon dioxide.

UCTV Prime’s new four-part series “Lifting the Blanket: Pursuit of a Climate Change Solution,”  follows the Scripps Institution of Oceanography scientist’s remarkable path that changed the face of climate change research and has introduced possibilities for human-scale solutions.

The first installment, “The Second Front,” sets the stage for Ramanathan’s incredible journey and it’s available now for free online viewing. Stay tuned February 5 for episode two, “The Dirty Sky.”

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Silent Spring’s Legacy: Alternatives to Insecticides

To mark the 50th anniversary of “Silent Spring,” Rachel Carson’s landmark book that helped launch the environmental movement, the San Diego-based Center for Ethics in Science and Technology is kicking off a new lecture series highlighting the legacy and progress Carson’s work helped create.

In the first talk in the series, Stephen Welter of San Diego State University focuses on biologically-based alternatives to insecticide use in American agriculture that also consider non-target environmental effects, worker safety issues, and consumer needs as well as the more traditional models of economic trade-offs.

Watch “Alternatives to Insecticides: High Impact Solutions Without Environmental Trade-offs” and check out all the videos in the “Exploring Ethics” series.

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