This past Wednesday, Aug. 3, a jury convicted Dwayne Robinson of second-degree murder, three counts of assault with a firearm and a weapons enhancement in the March 2009 attack that killed a UC Berkeley student. Robinson faces a minimum of 40 years in prison. [SacBee]

Further in the way of depressing news, fungi could help destroy all of Earth’s forests — again. [News Center]

But hey, at least “UC Berkeley was awarded a five-star campus climate rating for providing a safe and inclusive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students, faculty and staff.” We’re so proud! [Daily Cal]

It’s hard out here for a pimp UC Berkeley researcher’s spouse. [Mercury News]

Earlier: Go Bears?

Ruh roh!Don’t worry, though. A team of researchers, including UC Berkeley’s Daniel Kammen, figured out the solution, which–from the looks of things–basically involves tweaking a few things in the way a few different climate treaties (not just the Kyoto Protocol) account for the impact of biofuels and land use.

Apparently the problem comes from “the misapplication of guidelines established by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC),” that exempted carbon dioxide emissions resulting from bioenergy use. According to an article Kammen and others published in a science journal aptly named Science, this kind of exemption without evaluating the biomass sources that are used for the bioenergy could cause unnecessary deforestation. Which would be bad. read more »

After discovering the latest omen of the world’s coming demise, the Clog encourages Berkeley students to put down their books and enjoy their short-lived time on Earth.

Terrifying though the giant plastic vortex in the Pacific may be, we’d take that particular symptom of Armageddon over this one any day.

Man, do we wish we were making this up. But the Arctic seas are indeed gradually turning into acid, as a result of (big effing surprise) carbon-dioxide emissions. Which admittedly renders the above video somewhat of a stretch, but we thought it might be nice to lighten the mood a tad before comprehensively maiming every last one of your hopes and dreams. read more »

Fortunately for you perpetually under-dressed, SoCal-bred Cal students, UC Berkeley and Texas Tech University researchers say that gloomy interruptions to the Bay Area’s summer sunshine may soon be in the past. And it’s all thanks to climate change.

If you can remember last summer, you know that Berkeley weather was consistently dull. The air was cold, foggy and overcast all day, every day–and it wasn’t until September that the sunshine actually showed its face. Such ugly weather was typical of a Bay Area summer, and we got used to it.

This year, however, the dull weather is hardly noticeable–one day it can be much too breezy for your favorite pair of short-short cutoffs, but soon enough it feels like a lemonade-sipping summertime that lasts for two weeks straight.

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