Environment archive

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).

UC’s first crop of ‘global food’ fellows includes three Berkeley students

UC’s first crop of ‘global food’ fellows includes three Berkeley students December 10, 2014:

Three UC Berkeley students are among 54 fellows announced Dec. 9 by the University of California’s Global Food Initiative, launched earlier this year to address food security, health and sustainability issues.

Center for the Built Environment’s 2014 Liveable Building Awards

Center for the Built Environment’s 2014 Liveable Building Awards November 6, 2014:

The David & Lucile Packard Foundation Headquarters in Los Altos, Calif., is the winner of the 2014 Livable Buildings Award issued by UC Berkeley’s Center for the Built Environment Industry Partners. Meanwhile, the DPR Southwest Headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona, scored with an honorable mention.

Julia Morgan Hall’s new UC Botanical Garden party place

Julia Morgan Hall’s new UC Botanical Garden party place October 30, 2014:

Julia Morgan Hall, now relocated to the UC Botanical Garden in Strawberry Canyon, is open for business meetings, weddings, parties and other events following an extensive restoration. The building was designed by the famed Berkeley architect and alumna in 1911.