The World Needs Interdisciplinarity: Lessons from the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley

“Berkeley is less than the sum of its parts.” My first graduate school professor said this quote, the one I most remember from my first day of graduate school. By transferring from aerospace engineering to studies in global poverty and development in Berkeley’s Energy and Resources Group (ERG), I knew I should expect a nontraditional
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The Science of the Megafire: Why California’s wildfires continue to get more destructive

Dirty and toxic air, fiery red skies, whole cities scrambling for respirator masks and sheltering indoors: this is what Bay Area residents experienced as two wildfires—some of the most destructive in California history—burned simultaneously in November 2018. As a post-apocalyptic scene dawned over the Bay Area, thousands of homes were destroyed in the blazes more
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