2577889435_5cb79621f3The weather is lovely outside. Hmmmm. What should we do on this beautiful day? Lay out on Memorial Glade? Nah, too many frisbees – one may actually hit us this time! Get some CREAM? Nah, the line is so long it’s barely worth it. We’ve got it! Go on a bike ride through SF … without any clothes?

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Ahh, global warming. It’s a long-living topic that never fails to transform café conversations into a battle of attrition between skeptics and believers. Those on either side of the issue lay in their trenches, peering across the battlefield, unable to shift the argument to their advantage. However, the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature team recently released results of a major study that may give a winning hand for proponents who believe global warming is real. read more »

Puddle jumpingIf you’ve been thinking that the weather as of late has been somewhat abysmal and phenomenally unseasonable, you’d be absolutely right!

Bust out those Wellies and dig an umbrella out from under the bed, because this month’s rain is breaking all kinds of records in the Bay Area. And if your summer festivities have been delayed due to this rather wintery weather, know that you’re not alone. The streets of Berkeley are looking pretty empty, and we think it’s safe to say that just about everyone is staying inside with a cup of cocoa and a few good movies until things start drying out.

Even the experts seem perplexed as to the more-than-gloomy June. Says NASA climatologist Bill Patzert, “It’s what I call global weirding.” We couldn’t have said it better, ourselves.

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June rain breaks records and plans across the Bay Area [Mercury News]

9730353_f423df1396This story seems designed to necessitate stupid puns. We’ll spare you the jokes about greenhouses and blazing and cut to the chase: Licensed weed growers, according to a recent report, are speeding along global warming.

The study, conducted at our very own Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, took into account the substantial energy required to cultivate medical marijuana indoors –  about one percent of the nation’s overall supply and three percent of California’s — as well as the carbon dioxide produced as a result, which amounts to 17 million metric tons annually and which doesn’t even include the CO2 exhaled when people smoke.

To the untrained eye, these stats do look somewhat outrageous; and according to read more »

3273854385_0d80c9a5e6As we at the Clog like to remind you on a more or less weekly basis, the world is mos def on its way out the door. Maybe it’s our rampant cynicism talking, but there’s something kind of cathartic about reconciling with inevitable catastrophe. Helps us sleep better at night.

It seems, however, that not everyone shares in this perversion. There are people wandering around out there who still think life is logical and fair. All are menaces to society, we’re sure. Oh, wait a tic — they’re right here at UC Berkeley, participating in a two-part experiment which concluded that delusion definitely abounds.

See, statistics show that about half of Americans believe global warming reports are overblown; and around a fifth of us think said reports are totally full of sh*t. There are abundantly disturbing aspects to this trend, not least of which being read more »

Or at least what passes for love when you’re a plant. It turns out that love particles are making a record-breaking appearance this year (20,000 particles that can fit into a small closet!) as apparently people “can actually see the pollen moving through the air in dense yellow-brown clouds, looking like smoke.” read more »


Do you want the good news or the bad news first? Well, we’re pessimistic bloggers, so let’s go with bad news first: 15 to 42 percent of mammal species have become extinct since humans arrived on this Earth. In fact, a recent study coauthored by Anthony Barnosky, a professor of integrative biology at UC Berkeley, suggests that we’re “well on our way” to Earth’s sixth mass extinction.

The good news? No more pesky rodents constantly underfoot, with their … adorable whiskers and bright, intelligent eyes.

OK, not much of a silver lining. Especially when the study suggests that most of this mammal-dying is due to man-made causes like “habitat destruction, pollution, and now global warming.”

If we increase our conservation efforts, Barnosky says, there’s still a chance at staving off another mass extinction. “By demonstrating that we have already lost 15 to 42 percent of mammalian diversity, 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 »


Whether or not you count yourself among Al Gore’s many zealous fans, you may have at some point experienced an instant of staggering skepticism in regards to storing carbon. Perhaps you were casually perusing the produce aisles at your local supermarket, wondering in an absent kind of way whether zucchini casserole truly tickled your fancy, when suddenly it struck you: We’re doing what? Stuffing carbon dioxide underground?

It certainly stinks of avoidance when it comes to the problem of global warming. But if the researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have their way, they’ll be able to ascertain if carbon sequestration is indeed just full of hot air. Instead of 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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