Environment archive

Mobile tour tells campus story through standout trees

Mobile tour tells campus story through standout trees

March 30, 2015:

A free, smartphone-based guided tour, Tall Tree Tales of Cal, highlights the campus’s landscape and cultural history through 16 exemplary trees. Its content was developed by CNR experts in partnership with a Cal alum’s software company.

Interior’s Sally Jewell headlines 2015 Albright Lecture

Interior’s Sally Jewell headlines 2015 Albright Lecture March 30, 2015:

“America’s two best ideas, public education and public land,” were the focus of the 2015 Albright Lecture by Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior, on Thursday evening.

Granholm announces launch of America Jobs Project

Granholm announces launch of America Jobs Project March 30, 2015:

Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, an adjunct professor of public policy and a senior research fellow at UC Berkeley’s Energy and Climate Institute, has announced the launch of The  American  Jobs Project. The national initiative is focused on the creation of good-paying middle-class jobs in advanced energy-economic clusters.

Student has fun exploring disco clam’s underwater world with video

Student has fun exploring disco clam’s underwater world March 26, 2015:

Lindsey Dougherty’s love of the sea eventually led her to UC Berkeley, where she is now a graduate student focusing on one of the ocean’s more unusual critters: a clam that flashes in the deep. In a recent interview with Discovery Canada’s science show “Daily Planet,” Dougherty talked about her love of diving and her first encounter with these unusual mollusks.

Telegraph eateries urged to cut waste, embrace ‘reusable’

Telegraph eateries urged to cut waste, embrace ‘reusable’ March 12, 2015:

As Earth Week approaches and the campus pursues its zero-waste goal, sustainability-minded students call on food businesses to curb waste, making reusable food containers the “new normal” on Telegraph Avenue.

First detailed look at the guts of world’s smallest lifeforms

First detailed look at the guts of world’s smallest lifeforms February 27, 2015:

UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab scientist Jill Banfield and colleagues have for the first time snapped detailed microscopic photos of what may be the smallest forms of life on Earth: common bacteria that appear to pack their DNA very tightly. The team also sequenced the genomes of these strange bacteria.

Center for Built Environment wins $8 million in research grants

Center for Built Environment wins $8 million in research grants February 17, 2015:

The Center for the Built Environment at the College of Environmental Design has been awarded $8 million to fund core research in radiant systems and task/ambient approaches to workplace comfort, and R&D in new technologies for monitoring and control of commercial buildings.

Sustainability: 2014 report details campus progress

Sustainability: 2014 report details campus progress February 12, 2015:

The Office of Sustainability and Energy has released its 2014 report on the campus’s progress in energy conservation, drought response and other sustainability goals. Two important developments: a new UC-wide carbon-neutrality goal, and an uptick in sustainability-related academics.

Bakar Fellows Program seeks early-career faculty pursuing innovative research

Bakar Fellows Program seeks early-career faculty pursuing innovative research February 4, 2015:

The Bakar Fellows Program, now entering its fourth year, is inviting applications from other early career professors interested in innovative research that hold commercial promise.

Warmer, drier climate altering forests statewide

Warmer, drier climate altering forests statewide January 20, 2015:

Thanks to historical data preserved in UC Berkeley’s libraries, campus botanists have been able to compare tree survey data from the 1920s and ’30s with forest service data today. They find a decline in large trees and an increase in the density of small trees in forests throughout the state. The large tree decline seems to be caused by water stress.

Was first nuclear test the start of new human-dominated epoch, the Anthropocene?

Was first nuclear test the start of new human-dominated epoch, the Anthropocene? January 16, 2015:

Is Earth at the dawn of a new geological epoch dominated by human-influenced geologic and environmental change? Anthony Barnosky is part of a group that proposes that this new era, called the Anthropocene, indeed began at the start of the nuclear era with the 1945 Trinity nuclear bomb test in New Mexico.

Unique Sulawesi frog gives birth to tadpoles

Unique Sulawesi frog gives birth to tadpoles December 31, 2014:

Amid the amazing biodiversity of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi lives a 5-gram frog that gives direct birth to tadpoles, without ever laying eggs. This unique reproductive strategy, found in a group of fanged frogs endemic to the island, is described for the first time by UC Berkeley herpetologist Jim McGuire and colleagues from Indonesia and Canada.

UC Natural Reserve System gets $1.9 million for climate change research

UC Natural Reserve System gets $1.9 million for climate change research December 23, 2014:

An ambitious plan to use the UC Natural Reserve System to detect and forecast the ecological impacts of climate change in California has received a $1.9 million research award. The proposal will establish a UC-wide Institute for the Study of Ecological and Evolutionary Climate Impacts (ISEECI).