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Need for low-tech solutions to treat U-contaminated water

This is a call for developing low-tech solutions to treat water contaminated by uranium mining in low income, developing countries. After visiting Kyrgyzstan a few weeks ago, and talking to several residents, Boris Faybishenko (Earth & Environmental Sciences, LBNL) urges the scientific community to come up with simple solutions for treating uranium-and-radium contaminated water, whether for…

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New EESA reps to serve on LBNL’s Diversity and Inclusion Council

EESA has new representatives on Berkeley Lab’s Diversity and Inclusion Council: Travis O’Brien and Marilyn Saarni.  The Earth Sciences Division thanks Jim Houseworth for his excellent service in this role over the last several years. (Jim is retiring this year.) Many volunteered to be EESA’s D&I representative. With such passionate interest in the EESA community, Travis and Marilyn invite those…

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Nigel Quinn elected ASCE Fellow

Nigel Quinn, who leads the HydroEcological Engineering Advanced Decision Support (HEADS) research group in Earth Science Division, has been elected as an American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Fellow. ASCE Fellows are selected for having developed creative solutions that change lives around the world. Less than 4% of ASCE members receive this prestigious honor. Nigel’s research…

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Using SFA 2.0 case studies and ASCEM tools and methods to aid international remediation efforts for uranium mining sites

At IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria, Boris Faybishenko (Earth & Environmental Sciences, LBNL) participated in a July 2015 workshop on preparation of an IAEA Technical Report on Remediation of Groundwater and Acid and Metalliferous Drainage (AMD) at Uranium Mining Sites. Boris, who is an IAEA Technical Expert, and colleagues from Australia, Canada, USA and Czech Republic, will…

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Berkeley Lab and CCST Release Scientific Assessment of Hydraulic Fracturing in California

Contributing author, Jens Birkholzer Berkeley Lab and the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) publicly released (on July 9) the final Volumes II and III of a peer-­reviewed independent scientific assessment that discusses how hydraulic fracturing and acid well stimulation could affect water, atmosphere, seismic activity, wildlife and vegetation, and human health in California.…

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Earth Sciences Division Leads Subsurface Science & Technology Showcase at National Lab Day

Organized by DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz, the second National Lab Day was held this month (July 8, 2015) on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. to help explain the impact of science conducted within the U.S. DOE National Laboratory System to Congress. Congressional members and staffers got to see and hear, “up close,” the often amazing…

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Susan Hubbard participates in California Water-Energy Workshop

Water and energy are the key resources required for both economic and population growth and yet both are increasingly scarce. The distribution and production of clean water takes large amounts of energy, and the production of energy often requires unexpectedly large amounts of water. Moreover, future energy and water production is expected to be most…

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Coffee berry borer’s gut microbes detoxify caffeine

ESD’s Javier Ceja-Navarro (lead author) and Eoin Brodie, with researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Mexico’s El College de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR), discovered that coffee berry borers rely on bacteria in their guts to detoxify the massive amounts of caffeine they consume when they eat caffeine-rich coffee beans, their sole source of…

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