News & Announcements (2013)

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Earth transforms sunlight’s visible light energy into infrared light energy, which leaves Earth slowly because it is absorbed by greenhouse gases. When people produce greenhouse gases, energy leaves Earth even more slowly – raising Earth’s temperature. And that, in an ultra-brief nutshell, is how global warming works.

Friday, December 13, 2013

It was standing room only in Sutardja Dai Hall’s Banatao Auditorium, with many more watching monitors in the overflow section, at Thursday’s high-energy launch of the Berkeley Institute for Data Science.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

UC Berkeley’s Tony Barnosky joined climate scientists this morning at a press conference at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., to summarize a new report issued today focusing on the short-term effects of climate change and the need to monitor them closely.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The UC Nat­ural Reserve Sys­tem has estab­lished a net­work of cli­mate mon­i­tor­ing sta­tions at 26 pro­tected nat­ural places across Cal­i­for­nia, including Berkeley’s Sagehen, Angelo, Hastings, Chickering and Blue Oak reserves. Data from the net­work will com­ple­ment a tremen­dous amount of nat­ural sci­ence research throughout the state.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Former Berkeley graduate student Jim Johnstone, now a postdoc at the University of Washington, and his adviser Todd Dawson used isotope analysis of redwood tree rings to tell them about past climate along the Pacific coast, including rain, fog and ocean conditions going back 50 years..

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

As firefighters emerge from another record wildfire season in the Western United States, University of California, Berkeley, scientists say it’s time to give them a 21st century tool: a fire-spotting satellite.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Where else but Berkeley — home of both Chez Panisse and the Free Speech Movement — would the nation’s top public university launch an institute whose aim is not just better food for all but a fundamental transformation of the world’s food systems?

Friday, September 27, 2013

The release today (Friday, Sept. 27) of Assessment Report 5, a new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), bolsters the conclusions of its 2007 report that humans are responsible for global warming, and it highlights the need for immediate action to reduce carbon emissions.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Calcium can do much more than strengthen bones. The mineral is a critical nutrient for healthy tree growth, and new research shows that adding it to the soil helps reverse the decades-long decline of forests ailing from the effects of acid rain.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

California biologists have discovered four new species of reclusive legless lizards living in some of the most marginal habitat in the state: a vacant lot in downtown Bakersfield, among oil derricks in the lower San Joaquin Valley, on the margins of the Mojave desert, and at the end of one of the runways at LAX.

Monday, September 9, 2013

By the end of the century, the Bay Area’s landscape could look more like Southern California’s, raising tough questions for land managers trying to preserve the region’s protected lands.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Shifts in climate are strongly linked to human violence around the world, and according to a new study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley and Princeton University, even relatively minor departures from normal temperatures or rainfall can substantially increase the risk of conflict.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The death of individual species shouldn’t be the only concern for biologists worried about animal groups, such as frogs or the “big cats,” going extinct. A University of California, Berkeley, study has found that a lack of new, emerging species also contributes to extinction.

Monday, June 3, 2013

The Sierra Nevada mountain range is known for its gorgeous alpine lakes, magnificent peaks, and glacier-carved valleys. It’s home to five national parks and monuments, and the only place in the world you can see giant sequoias. In various places, the peaks above hide an extensive cave system below. Some of these caves house a scientific treasure trove of fossils, and this summer the University of California Museum of Paleontology (UCMP) is using them to uncover the long-term record of California climate change.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Evolutionary biologist J.B.S. Haldane, alluding to the enormous number of insect species roaming the earth, is often quoted as saying, “If one could conclude as to the nature of the Creator from a study of creation, it would appear that God has an inordinate fondness for beetles.” If Haldane were still alive, he and God may have spent this Memorial Day weekend glued to the Calbug project website

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Like bugs? Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at natural history museums? Interested in helping scientists understand our changing environment? These are just some of the reasons why people should join a project led by UC Berkeley’s Essig Museum of Entomology.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Responding to a challenge by California Gov. Jerry Brown, more than 500 of the world’s top global change scientists have outlined the main environmental issues – from climate change to pollution and population growth – that policy makers must address immediately to avoid an approaching global tipping point.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Applications are being accepted through May 8, 2013 for two postdoctoral positions to conduct bridging research connecting the themes of invasion biology, species interactions and global change, focused on the San Francisco Bay Area.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The vast region of Africa known as the Sahel will descend into large-scale drought, famine, war and terrorist control if immediate, coordinated steps are not taken to avert the perfect storm of climate change and the most rapidly growing population in the world.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

One often ignored consequence of global climate change is that the Northern Hemisphere is becoming warmer than the Southern Hemisphere, which could significantly alter tropical precipitation patterns, according to a new study by climatologists.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

There are now more than 7 billion people on Earth, a number that is expected to soar over the next dozen years to 8 billion. How will we feed so many people? Already, more than a billion people go hungry every day. With population growth accelerating, the challenge of finding sustainable ways to feed the world is compounded by global climate change, shifting geo-politics, rising energy demands and limits on natural resources.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

UC Berkeley’s David Wake and colleague Kathryn Elmer at the University of Glasgow analyzed the genetic variability of salamanders that had moved from Central to South America and concluded that they could not have diversified within the 3 million years geologists think the two continents have been connected. They think the Panamanian land bridge formed 23 million years ago.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Anyone who has gone scuba diving or snorkeling in a coral reef will likely never forget the dazzling colors and other-worldly shapes of these underwater communities. Home to some of the world’s most diverse wildlife hotspots, reefs are worth an annual $400 billion in tourist dollars and in the ecosystem services they provide, such as buffering shores from storms and providing habitat for fish that people eat.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The climate models that scientists use to understand and project climate change are improving constantly, with better representations of the oceans, ice, land surfaces and other factors in the atmosphere. While there is still some degree of uncertainty in all these components, the largest source of uncertainty in today’s climate models are clouds.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Fields with diversified, organic crops get more buzz from wild bees, concludes a synthesis of 39 studies on 23 crops around the world published March 11 in the journal Ecology Letters.

Friday, March 1, 2013

A recent study in Science magazine co-authored by Claire Kremen, highlights the importance of wild insects and bees in pollination and agriculture.

Friday, March 1, 2013

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously rejected challenges to the listing of the polar bear as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

A new book, Overheated: The Human Cost of Climate Change, predicts a grim future for billions of people in this century.