Viewing the glass as half full

UNIVERSITY ISSUES: The UC system's commitment to water conservation is a welcome sign in a world of inaction on environmental issues.

News on the environmental front is not good. According to a leaked draft of a U.N. environmental report, the world’s efforts to mitigate disastrous climate change have been insufficient. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a U.N. panel that provides comprehensive assessments of information about climate change, found countries’ delay
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A carbon map to development

One of the biggest challenges for sustainable international economic development is the need to control greenhouse gas emissions. Before we can make meaningful progress toward stabilizing the planet’s climate, we need to have an international roadmap for economic growth, job creation and poverty alleviation that still bends the curve on
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Inside the world’s safest house

Tucked in an unassuming neighborhood in a district two miles southwest of the UC Berkeley campus, the “world’s safest” house stands boldly. And so does Eugene Tssui, a Cal alumnus and the house’s architect. In the past 20 years, the pair has challenged conventional wisdom and defied architecture’s status quo. Buying
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Is the truth inconvenient?

Health and Happiness

Don’t get me wrong — I think polar bears are adorable. But seeing them trapped on a tiny piece of Arctic ice doesn’t really faze me. What am I supposed to do about it? Stop driving my car? Join Greenpeace? These cuddly polar bears and the Arctic ice sheets have
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