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Transportation burns for change

When I was in eighth grade, school was canceled for a few days due to the amount of smoke in the air. The wind was blowing ash from wildfires in Yucaipa and Hesperia to our blacktop during our physical education class some 30 miles away. Friends and relatives from all Read More…

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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 Read More…

Nicholas Dirks enjoys his first day at work as UC Berkeley Chancellor in a welcome reception.

Chancellor Dirks likes to have fun

In a surprising turn of events that neither his six-month impending chancellorship nor his half-hour interview revealed, the newly reigning Chancellor Nicholas Dirks is privy to basic human emotions, which include enjoyment, laughter and, most importantly, having fun. On his first day in office, Dirks let his Einstein-like composure slip Read More…

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Gill Tract occupation impedes agricultural research

Spring is a busy time for a maize geneticist. Experiments have to be planned, students have to be recruited and thousand of seeds have to be carefully organized and packaged for planting. It is important to get everything just right, because we only get one opportunity to do large-scale field Read More…

Gill Tract occupiers’ sustainability ideas are wrong-headed

The food movement is vibrant at UC Berkeley. On the weekend of April 21, a group of locals — including some students and faculty members — began an ongoing occupation and planting of the Gill Tract farmland that was about to be plowed and cultivated for federally funded UC researchers Read More…

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Poop matters

How traditional waste management methods may be creating even more waste than the current system purports to dispose of

Would you believe me if I told you we are flushing our most valuable resources down the toilet? It’s simple: we eat, therefore we poop. And though we think of and treat this excrement as waste, it is full of the same nutrients we pump into our diets. Poop has in Read More…

Sustainability of Berkeley butcher shop debated

Sustainable butcher shop article omits important factors The article on sustainable meat leaves out critical information.  While “sustainably raised” meat is better than factory farmed meat, it is hardly a “win-win-win.” Beef is the worst product for the environment, sustainably raised or not, because cows produce so much methane. The Read More…