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Earth & Environmental Sciences Area Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Earth & Environmental Sciences Area, previously known as the Earth Sciences Division, was established 40 years ago today. Its rich portfolio and strategic plan focus on a range of subsurface energy, climate and environment, and resiliency challenges. EESA is commemorating the anniversary today through a number of activities. More>

New DOE Report on Agenda for Subsurface Engineering Research

Lab ALD Don DePaolo co-chaired a DOE report with recommendations on how to accelerate subsurface engineering research for energy purposes. Titled “Controlling Subsurface Fractures and Fluid Flow: A Basic Research Agenda,” the report presents a four-part plan with the overall objective of “adaptive control of subsurface fractures and fluid flow.” More>

Aug. 28 Earth Sciences Talk on Hydraulic Fracturing

The Earth Sciences Division’s Distinguished Scientist Seminar features Sidney Green of the University of Utah. He will discuss “The Case for Game-Changing Changes for Hydraulic Fracturing” at 10:30 a.m. in the Building 66 Auditorium. More>

Managing Groundwater Remediation: New Video

At the DOE’s Savannah River Site in South Carolina, an innovative “Enhanced Attenuation” remedy is being implemented by DOE’s Office of Environmental Management. Berkeley Lab Earth Science Division’s Haruko Wainwright participated in a new video focusing on a collaboration working on managing contaminated groundwater.

Lab Leads Subsurface Science & Technology Exhibit at National Lab Day

The Earth Science Division played a significant role in leading the preparation of the Subsurface Science and Technology exhibit, with 11 other national labs, at the recent National Lab Day held in Washington D.C. The event helps explain to congress the impact of science conducted by the National Laboratory System. More>

Lab Scientists Seek to Educate, Inspire Visiting Mexican Students

About 60 top university students from Mexico visited Berkeley Lab last week as part of a program aimed at promoting the formation of a new generation of Mexican leaders. Their visit was hosted by Javier Ceja-Navarro (far right), a Project Scientist in Earth Sciences who grew up in Mexico. More>

UC Global Food Initiative Marks Its First Year

In its first year, the initiative launched food security efforts, held conferences on sustainable fisheries and food justice, and appointed more than 50 student fellows. That is just a taste of the work underway as faculty, students, and staff from across the UC system — including Berkeley Lab — focus their collective power on food issues. More>

Research on Gut Microbes of Coffee Pest Could Aid Fight Against It

Scientists discovered that coffee berry borers worldwide share 14 bacterial species in their digestive tracts that degrade and detoxify caffeine. They also found the most prevalent of these bacteria has a gene that helps break down caffeine. Their research sheds light on the ecology of the destructive bug and could lead to new ways to fight it. More>

Lab Contributes to Assessment of Hydraulic Fracturing in California

The assessment discusses how hydraulic fracturing and acid well stimulation could affect water, atmosphere, seismic activity, wildlife and vegetation, and human health in California and identifies knowledge gaps and alternative practices that could avoid or mitigate these possible impacts. More>

Susan Hubbard Appointed ALD for Earth and Environmental Sciences

Hubbard was selected after a comprehensive search and approval of the UC Regents. Her appointment is effective immediately. Director Alivisatos announced the creation of the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area in March to position Lab programs for greater impact in environmental sciences, climate change, and subsurface energy resources. More>