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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...
September 14, 2017
The towering giant sequoias in the Sierra Nevada struggled to endure the recent drought as temperatures continued to inch higher and higher each year, a new study has found. While the historically resilient trees managed to largely withstand the die-off that was prevalant in California forests,...
September 14, 2017
In a year that is already being called one of the worst ever for wildfires in the western United States , there is another fact that some may find remarkable: For nearly 40 years, the number of wildfires in California has been declining. California wildfire data reviewed by a USGS research...

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