Environment

Fresh ideas for nuclear power

Boot camp participants at California Memorial Stadium.

8/24/2017 - Two dozen students from all over the world gathered at Berkeley for two weeks over the summer to discuss, plan and help start building a new nuclear energy sector. The students, along with professional mentors and speakers, were part of the 2017 Nuclear Innovation Boot Camp.

Toxic exposure: Chemicals are in our water, food, air and furniture

Photo illustration of baby with plastic bottles

7/3/2017 UCSF - As director of UCSF's Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment, Tracey Woodruff (B.S.'85 EECS, Ph.D.'91 BioE) believes that we need to know more about environmental toxics so we can reduce our exposure to the worst of them and protect ourselves and our children from their harmful effects.

On California, the drought and the ‘yuck factor’

David Sedlak by the reflecting pool in front of Hearst Memorial Mining Building

6/23/2017 - David Sedlak, professor of civil and environmental engineering, says our aging urban water infrastructure needs a major upgrade in order to keep our cities thriving. He spoke with Berkeley News about technologies being developed to recycle water, capture storm water and use water more efficiently.

Imagining a post-combustion world

William Nazaroff

6/19/2017 - After teaching a climate change mitigation course for more than a decade, civil and environmental engineering professor William Nazaroff has drawn a few conclusions. One is that it’s time to develop and deploy technologies that move beyond combustion.

The fight to rethink (and reinvent) nuclear power

Per Peterson

5/19/2017 Vox - The latest in a series of Climate Lab videos produced by Vox Media and the University of California features the work of nuclear engineering professor and associate dean Per Peterson.

Q+A on resilient communities

Sophia and Kai Vetter and the Moto family

5/1/2017 Nuclear engineering professor Kai Vetter has founded an organization called the Institute for Resilient Communities, designed to help authorities communicate scientific information following disasters.

Lab to table

5/1/2017 At the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, students are experimenting with plant­-based, more eco-friendly alternatives to meat.

Shielding ice sheets

Leslie Field

5/1/2017 Alumna Leslie Field founded Ice911, a non­profit organization that uses salt-­sized hollow glass spheres sprinkled on vulnerable ice to boost reflectivity and slow the melting process.

Fluoride in drinking water: Friend and foe

Diagram of fluoride effects ion teeth

4/27/2017 Berkeley Science Review - Environmental engineering Ph.D. student Emily Cook reports on the pros and cons of water fluoridation and fluoride-filtering technologies.

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