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Study: Safe drinking water remains out of reach for many Californians

An estimated 370,000 Californians rely on drinking water that may contain high levels of the chemicals arsenic, nitrate or hexavalent chromium, and contaminated drinking water disproportionately impact communities of color in the state, finds a new analysis led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of California, Los Angeles. Because this […]

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How wildfire restored a Yosemite watershed

For nearly half a century, lightning-sparked blazes in Yosemite’s Illilouette Creek Basin have rippled across the landscape — closely monitored, but largely unchecked. Their flames might explode into plumes of heat that burn whole hillsides at once, or sit smoldering in the underbrush for months. The result is approximately 60 square miles of forest that […]

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A machine learning breakthrough uses satellite images to improve lives

More than 700 imaging satellites are orbiting the earth, and every day they beam vast oceans of information — including data that reflects climate change, health and poverty — to databases on the ground. There’s just one problem: While the geospatial data could help researchers and policymakers address critical challenges, only those with considerable wealth […]

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Public health expert: ‘We need to go forward to a new type of normal’

Six months after the first COVID-19 vaccine was approved for emergency use in the U.S., the country’s vaccination rate is nearing 50%, case rates have plummeted in most areas, and large states like New York and California have lifted the bulk of their public health restrictions. But the pandemic isn’t over yet. The SARS-CoV-2 virus still rages in many parts […]

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‘Justice, Justice Thou Shalt Pursue’ Brings Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Berkeley Law Lecture to the World

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg looms large in Berkeley Law Professor Amanda L. Tyler’s life as a boss, a mentor, a role model — and, now, a co-author. Justice, Justice Thou Shalt Pursue: A Life’s Work Fighting for a More Perfect Union, which has been released to great fanfare, bloomed from Ginsburg’s ties to Tyler […]

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In a desert seared by climate change, burrowers fare better than birds

February 5, 2021 – In the arid Mojave Desert, small burrowing mammals like the cactus mouse, the kangaroo rat and the white-tailed antelope squirrel are weathering the hotter, drier conditions triggered by climate change much better than their winged counterparts, finds a new study published today in Science. Over the past century, climate change has continuously nudged the […]

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California farmworkers hit hard by COVID-19, study finds

December 3, 2020 – Many farmworkers who plant and harvest our food are forced to live and work under conditions that are ripe for transmission of COVID-19. During the summer harvest season, coronavirus outbreaks popped up across the nation among farmworkers in agricultural communities, including many in California. In a white paper published online Wednesday, Dec. 2, […]

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Warming climate may trigger more West Nile outbreaks in Southern California

August 6, 2020 – As climate change heats up the weather in Southern California, coastal populations from San Diego to Santa Barbara may face an increased risk of contracting West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne diseases, suggests a new study led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. West Nile virus is America’s deadliest mosquito-borne disease […]

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Books: “Let Them Eat Tweets” – How plutocrats, populists are driving a precarious moment in U.S. history

July 14, 2020 – For anyone who wants to understand the rise and reign of Donald Trump, one question may be paramount: Why have laid-off industrial workers, hardscrabble farmers and ranchers, and millions who lack health care embraced a conservative movement that expressly serves the economic interests of America’s wealthiest 1%? A new book by […]

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California child care on brink of collapse; needs funds to survive and protect its workforce

BERKELEY, CA, May 8, 2020 – As Governor Newsom promises returning workers access to child care, early results from a new study from the University of California, Berkeley show that many California child care programs won’t be able to survive unless they receive financial relief. The data snapshot also finds a pervasive lack of access to essential cleaning […]

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New UC Berkeley Research Finds Uber & Lyft Could Owe California More than $400 Million Dollars in Unpaid Unemployment Insurance Funds

BERKELEY, Calif. May 7, 2020 – A new report from the U.C. Berkeley Labor Center finds that if transportation network companies (TNC) Uber and Lyft had classified their drivers as employees they would have paid $413 million into California’s Unemployment Insurance Fund between 2014 and 2019. The findings come as hundreds of thousands of gig […]