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October 13, 2017
The deadly wildfires ravaging northern California have destroyed more than 3,500 homes and businesses, leveling entire neighborhoods and forcing thousands of residents to flee the flames. At least 31 people have died in the blazes, which have burned 265 square miles of land and rank among the...
October 13, 2017
Climate change means we will have more and more destructive wildfires. It’s an interesting theory but it’s not the real story. No one can argue with observations such as the University of California, Merced research that show the Western United States fire season has grown longer due...
October 12, 2017
SANTA ROSA, Calif. — As wildfires engulf nearly 170,000 acres of Northern California wine country, questions are swirling about the role of climate change in causing damage of historic proportions. The fires, which started late Sunday night in the hills of Napa and Sonoma counties, quickly...
October 10, 2017
Professor Clarissa Nobile is changing the way we look at microbes. She wants to understand them as they’re found in nature, not as they exist in the laboratory. And she was just awarded a five-year, $1.89 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to bolster her efforts....
October 9, 2017
The Canyon fire 2 burning in Anaheim hills has burned more than 2,000 acres and prompted evacuations of about 1,000 homes, destroying or damaging at least five homes. If history is any indication, this fire could continue to grow. According to analysis of 16 years of Calfire wildfire data, more...
October 3, 2017
The National Science Foundation recently awarded Professor Michael Dawson $900,000 to study some rather mysterious marine phenomena. Dawson received $700,000 — part of a three-year, $1.2 million grant awarded to Dawson and collaborators at UC Santa Cruz, the University of...
September 29, 2017
LIVERMORE — If you ever visit National Parks or medical offices, drink or use water (that’s all of us), worry about global warming or wonder at secrets hidden in the nighttime sky, the Rae Dorough Speaker Series has a 2017-18 lineup of your dreams. Launched in 2008, the lecture series...
September 26, 2017
Farmers are relying more and more on technology to help them manage their crops and often that means working with unmanned aerial systems. Using drones to make two dimensional maps of orchards isn’t anything new, but one agricultural researcher – Ali Pourreza – in Central...
September 25, 2017
Mountain meadows are starting to get some respect. For over a century, meadows were the first alpine environments targeted for development, grazing and farming, because they tend to be flat and packed with rich soil and nutritious plants. But we’re starting to understand that meadows have...
September 15, 2017
The wildfire season that has leveled hundreds of homes, closed roads and parks, and sent hazy smoke into major cities across the West has become the most expensive in U.S. history, officials said Thursday, marking another chapter in a year of brutal extremes linked to climate change. A menacing...

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