Solutions that Scale

Our Vision

A society where individuals and global institutions partner to enable the long-term flourishing of our planet, its natural resources, and its inhabitants.

Our Mission

To discover, translate, and enable scalable, data-driven solutions to the global problems of climate change and environmental degradation; to accelerate humanity’s understanding of our impact on the physical climate; to build collaborations among scientists, business leaders, and policy makers to create actions that promote global flourishing; to educate climate and environmental change leaders in a broad range of careers.

Climate Solutions Loop

Global environmental problems often take the shape of vicious cycles, with universal human desires for improved wellbeing cascading via consumption and environmental impacts to instead reduce it. Different solutions address different links in such cycles, born of research, translation, education, and practice. However, solutions to planetary problems must reach planetary proportions. This is why we’re bringing together scientists and academics, policy makers, business leaders, and global citizens to identify and accelerate solutions that scale.

Executive Board

Michael Burton

Emeritus Professor, Anthropology, School of Social Sciences

Francois Primeau

Department Chair and Professor, Earth System Science, School of Physical Sciences


Up-trending farming and landscape disruptions threaten Paris climate agreement goals


One of President Joe Biden’s first post-inauguration acts was to realign the United States with the Paris climate accord, but a new study led by researchers at the University of California, Irvine demonstrates that rising emissions from human land-use will jeopardize the agreement’s goals without substantial changes in agricultural practices.

Increasing ocean temperature threatens Greenland’s ice sheet

Written on January 25, 2021.

Scientists at the University of California, Irvine and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory have for the first time quantified how warming coastal waters are impacting individual glaciers in Greenland’s fjords. Their work is the subject of a study published recently in Science Advances.

UCI researchers: Climate change will alter the position of the Earth’s tropical rain belt

Written on January 18, 2021.

Future climate change will cause a regionally uneven shifting of the tropical rain belt – a narrow band of heavy precipitation near the equator – according to researchers at the University of California, Irvine and other institutions. This development may threaten food security for billions of people.

UCI Engineers Evaluate Snow Drought in Different Parts of the World

Written on August 3, 2020.

Deficit in Western United States found to be of increased intensity in recent years August 3, 2020 – Environmental engineers at the University of California, Irvine have developed a new framework for characterizing snow droughts around the world.

Advanced Power and Energy Program Releases California Renewable Hydrogen Production Roadmap

Written on June 23, 2020.

Roadmap provides guidance on actions needed to launch and scale the California renewable hydrogen production sector to advance state policy goals.

UCI Earth system scientist helps quantify drop in carbon emissions during pandemic

Written on May 20, 2020.

Scientists who normally study how human activities impact the planet have been given a rare opportunity over the past few months to observe what happens when industry, transportation and other sources of carbon emissions are curtailed.

East Antarctica’s Denman Glacier has retreated almost 3 miles over last 22 years

Written on March 23, 2020.

East Antarctica’s Denman Glacier has retreated 5 kilometers, nearly 3 miles, in the past 22 years, and researchers at the University of California, Irvine and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory are concerned…

UCI-led project seeks to combat wildfires

Written on February 14, 2020.

A University of California, Irvine-led team has received $3.6 million over three years for a project that uses science and engineering to help California fight wildfires.

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