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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 […]

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Underwater telecom cables make superb seismic network

December 3, 2019 – Fiber-optic cables that constitute a global undersea telecommunications network could one day help scientists study offshore earthquakes and the geologic structures hidden deep beneath the ocean surface. In a paper appearing this week in the journal Science, researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), Monterey Bay […]

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First known cases of sudden oak death detected in Del Norte County

Sept. 24, 2019 – A team of collaborators including the citizen science project SOD Blitz have detected the first cases of the infectious tree-killing pathogen Phytophthora ramorum in California’s Del Norte county. The pathogen, a fungus-like water mold that causes sudden oak death, has ravaged millions of native oaks and tanoaks along California’s central and northern […]

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New Study: Low-Wage Areas Can Afford $15/Hr Minimum Wage

Berkeley, Calif. July 2, 2019 – A $15 federal minimum wage will not create job loss in low-wage states in the U.S. but, in fact, will offer more opportunities for workers and their families to lift themselves out of poverty, a study released Tuesday by Anna Godoey and Michael Reich, economists at UC Berkeley’s Center […]

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Efforts to lift children and families could fit California’s budget, new study says

Jan. 7, 2019 – Awarding parents more time with newborns and easing access to preschool could fit within Gov. Gavin Newsom’s first state budget, according to UC Berkeley researchers. Newsom ­— as candidate for governor — promised to expand affordable preschools, along with buoying parents raising infants and toddlers, in hopes of narrowing the “school […]

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Is habitat restoration actually killing plants in the California wildlands?

January 2, 2019 – In 2014, plant biologists with the California Department of Agriculture reported an alarming discovery: native wildflowers and herbs, grown in nurseries and then planted in ecological restoration sites around California, were infected with Phytophthora tentaculata, a deadly exotic plant pathogen that causes root and stem rot. While ecologists have long been wary […]

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National parks bear the brunt of climate change

BERKELEY, CA, Sept. 24, 2018 – Human-caused climate change has exposed U.S. national parks to conditions hotter and drier than the rest of the nation, says a new UC Berkeley and University of Wisconsin-Madison study that quantifies for the first time the magnitude of climate change on all 417 parks in the system. Without action […]

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