BERC Blog

A Great Blue Heron found dead at the Genesis Solar site in the Chuckwalla Valley of southern California. (Photo courtesy Genesis Solar)
30 September 2013

Big Solar and Avian Mortality

It seems almost counterintuitive that something as passive as a solar farm could result in avian mortality. And yet that’s exactly what’s happening at solar farms in the California desert.

Desertification
30 September 2013

Desertification: The Forgotten Side of Climate Change

Desertification and land degradation due to harmful agriculture and forestry practices have truly adverse effects on climate change that are often forgotten given the glamour surrounding new energy technologies.

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30 September 2013

BERC Expo, Call for Posters- Deadline Extended!

Does your research relate to energy and do you want a chance to win part of a $10,000 research poster prize pool while enjoying free food and beverages? The BERC Expo submission date has been extended to Friday, October 4th!

An aerial photo of the Seneca Pumped Storage Generating Station in Warren, PA
23 September 2013

California Proposes First-in-Nation Grid-Scale Energy Storage Targets

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) this month proposed an order requiring the state’s investor-owned utilities to procure 1,325 megawatts (MW) of grid-scale energy storage (excluding large-scale pumped storage) by 2020.

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23 September 2013

Is The Electric Car Really Helping The Environment?

Electric vehicles are often advertised as environmentally friendly, but they may be damaging depending on many internal and external factors. The most important external factor is local electricity sources, which determine the greenhouse gas emission over the lifetime of an EV.

A Green Hypocrite
23 September 2013

OP-ED: Fighting “Climate Hypocrisy” with Subtle Policy Solutions

‘Climate hypocrites’ are everywhere. Many preach the green gospel, but are caught in a network of inescapable resource-sapping mutuality. How do we stay green, without drastically changing our social end economic environment?

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23 September 2013

Pioneering Seismology Establishes New World Record in Deep Sea Drilling

Immediately following the devastating 2011 Japanese magnitude 9.0 earthquake and the resulting tsunami, scientists from Japan and around the world came together to study the geophysical mechanisms of the quake and the resulting tsunami.

Solar Power Plant
17 September 2013

Cross-Disciplinary Innovation for Energy and Resources

Impactful innovations in the energy and resource sectors often result from a collaboration of multiple disciplines. UC Berkeley has recognized the importance of a holistic approach to energy and resource efforts.