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Earth’s Most “Official” of Days

Climate Change on UCTVIt gives to us every hour of every day, but today – Earth Day – is the day we set aside to give back.

While it’s true that the home base for human beings has its share of challenges, many of its citizens — including researchers at the University of California — are working to preserve and conserve it for future generations.

Discover some of what these UC folk are up to at UCTV’s Climate video library. From the atmosphere up above, to the deepest parts of the sea – and everything that exists in between — you’ll discover something new about your planet on its “official” day.

Why not start out with one of these new UCTV programs?

Restoring the Gulf Marshes
UC Berkeley graduate student Thomas Azwell is helping to restore the Gulf of Mexico’s marshes after they were severely damaged by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill from April to July of 2010. Partnering with researchers and agencies in the Gulf, the Environmental Science student is staking tubes of cotton netting stuffed with pre-composted sugar cane fiber into the dying marshes of Louisiana, testing whether the environmentally sustainable waste material can give a larger variety of plants a better chance at healing the oil-damaged wetlands.

Silent Spring + 50: Lessons from San Diego’s Bees and Bays
San Diego Coastkeeper’s Jill Witkowski and Dr. James Nieh of UC San Diego address two major environmental problems in the region – water pollution and the devastating effect of parasites and pesticides (research conducted by former UCSD graduate student, Daren Eiri) on the honey bee population. Both presentations shed light on how members of the public can work with San Diego researchers to protect our natural resources and create a more sustainable community.

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Climate Change: Scientific Authority Meets Moral Authority

Thanks to Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s Veerabhadran Ramanathan, a “second front” of climate change mitigation has emerged, reviving hopes that the most dangerous consequences of climate change can at least be delayed for several decades. (If you haven’t already, you can follow his remarkable journey and landmark discoveries in the first three episodes of UCTV Prime’s series Lifting the Blanket: The Pursuit of a Climate Solution.”)

But when an African teenager attending a United Nations event for high schoolers asked him what he is doing personally about climate change, Ramanathan realized that his recognized authority within the climate science community could only get him so far in affecting change. That encounter set Ramanathan off on the next phase of his career, forming meaningful alliances with religious and spiritual leaders who offer the moral authority to help make the matter of global warming — and the simple steps he’s helped develop to effectively reduce it — resonate on a personal level with today’s global citizens.

With enough involvement from policymakers and individuals around the world, Ramanathan projects that society can reduce the rate of global warming by as much as 50% during our lifetimes, which could help slow down the melting of the Himalayan glaciers, arctic sea ice, and sea level rise, while possibly saving as many as 4 million lives per year among those living under the blanket of pollutants that contribute to 40% of the current global warming problem.

Find out where Ramanathan’s journey has taken him — and us — in the fourth and final episode of the series, “Scientific Authority Meets Moral Authority.”

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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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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!

The Career Channel

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


PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS (PACIFIC TIMES)

 

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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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