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CSU East Bay and Berkeley Lab Collaborate on New Graduate Intern Program

The first cohort of a new Berkeley Lab internship program for Cal State University East Bay graduate students has just finished a summer at the Lab. The interns will continue to work on their projects alongside their scientific mentors throughout the school year. More>

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Lab Researchers Featured in New Yorker Article on What Termites Can Teach Us

A New Yorker article on “What Termites Can Teach Us” features the work of Héctor García Martín of the Biosciences Area, JBEI’s Jay Keasling, and Jill Banfield of the Earth & Environmental Sciences Area to crack the mysteries of termite digestion to turn biomass into fuels. More>

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Lab’s Inez Fung, Bill Collins Featured in KQED Article on Global Climate Action Summit

This week corporate and civic leaders from around the world have gathered in San Francisco for the Global Climate Action Summit, spearheaded by Gov. Jerry Brown to address global warming issues. While the outlook appears grim by many standards, recently refined climate models suggest that aggressively cutting emissions could improve future life on Earth in significant ways — or at least blunt the impact of continued warming. More>

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Lab Hosts Event to Explore Land-Energy Nexus, Climate Change Mitigation

Margaret Torn of the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area is spearheading an official affiliate event as part of the Global Climate Action Summit. At the Sept. 11 event, scientists, policy makers, and business leaders will explore how land and energy solutions to climate change can and must work together. John Holdren will give a lunchtime address. Register here. Submit a poster abstract by Sept. 7.

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Lab’s Andy Jones Featured on ‘NBC Bay Area’ Report on Climate Change

Bigger fires, dirtier air, and more flooding within the next 30 to 50 years. That’s the crux of the stark warning in the latest University of California climate change report recently released by the governor’s office. “The entry to the Bay Bridge toll plaza is just a few feet above sea level, so we’ll begin to see flooding of the toll plaza on a relatively frequent basis,” said EESA researcher Andy Jones. Watch>

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EESA Researchers on What’s Needed to Improve Climate Projections

In a recent article in Science magazine, Bill Collins, director of the Lab’s Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division, and research scientist Dan Feldman, argue that it’s time for climate models, which have been in use since the 1960s, to adopt a consistent method for calculating radiative forcing by CO2. More>

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Improving Soil Quality Can Slow Global Warming

Low-tech ways of improving soil quality on farms and rangelands worldwide — such as planting cover crops, optimizing grazing, and sowing legumes on rangelands — could pull significant amounts of carbon out of the atmosphere and slow the pace of climate change, according to a new study by researchers at UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab. More>

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Berkeley Scientists Lead New Assessment of Bay Area Climate Impacts

California has issued its latest assessment of the many challenges the state faces from climate change, such as changes to sea levels, and wildfires, which are currently raging throughout the state. The assessment includes nine regional reports, including the San Francisco Bay Area. Among the 24 authors of this report are four researchers from the Lab: Andrew Jones, Mary Ann Piette, Alan Rhoades, and Michael Wehner. More>

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Geosciences Measurement Facility Celebrates 45th Summer Field Season

The Geosciences Measurement Facility (GMF) at Berkeley Lab is distinguished by its ability to build, test, and deploy customized instrumentation and innovative data acquisition and telemetry solutions, which support earth and environmental research. This summer, GMF crews have collectively traveled more than 25,000 miles to deploy these solutions at field sites across the world. More>

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Study Shows Arctic Ecosystems Are Turning Green

Researchers from Berkeley Lab have developed a new benchmark model that estimates changes in the proportion of the Earth’s surface where plant growth will no longer be limited by cold temperatures in the 21st century. More>

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