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Posted inEnviro

Environmental regulations drove steep declines in U.S. factory pollution

Aug. 9, 2018 –  The federal Clean Air Act and associated environmental regulations have driven steep declines in air pollution emissions over the past several decades, even as U.S. manufacturers increased production, a study by two University of California, Berkeley, economists has shown. The study, forthcoming in the American Economic Review, found that polluting emissions […]

Posted inSci/Tech

Study: Welfare backlash tied to white fear of declining status

May 30, 2018 – White Americans’ fear of losing their socioeconomic standing in the face of demographic change may be driving opposition to welfare programs, even though whites are major beneficiaries of government poverty assistance, according to new research from UC Berkeley and Stanford University. While social scientists have long posited that racial resentment fuels […]

Posted inUncategorized

Heavily used pesticide linked to breathing problems in farmworkers’ children

Aug. 14, 2017 – Elemental sulfur, the most heavily used pesticide in California, may harm the respiratory health of children living near farms that use the pesticide, according to new research led by UC Berkeley. In a study of children in the Salinas Valley’s agricultural community, researchers found significant associations between elemental sulfur use and […]

Posted inCalifornia

Climate policies study shows Inland Empire economic boon

Aug. 4, 2017 – According to the first comprehensive study of the economic effects of climate programs in California’s Inland Empire, Riverside and San Bernardino counties experienced a net benefit of $9.1 billion in direct economic activity and 41,000 jobs from 2010 through 2016. Researchers at UC Berkeley’s Center for Labor Research and Education and the Center for Law, Energy […]

Posted inCalifornia

ACA repeal could cost California more than 200,000 jobs

Berkeley, Calif. December 27, 2016 – New research from the University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Labor Research and Education shows that repealing the Affordable Care Act would not only take away health insurance from millions of Californians, but would also eliminate 209,000 jobs and cost the state economy $20.3 billion in GDP. The work […]

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