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Craig Miller

Craig is KQED's science editor, specializing in weather, climate, water & energy issues, with a little seismology thrown in just to shake things up. Prior to his current position, he launched and led the station's award-winning multimedia project, Climate Watch. Craig is also an accomplished writer/producer of television documentaries, with a focus on natural resource issues.

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Sierra Snowpack: Better But Far From What’s Needed to End Drought

April 1, 2014 | 5:33 pm

Sierra Snowpack: Better But Far From What’s Needed to End Drought

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A key indicator of California’s water prospects is likely to peak out at about one-third of normal. …read more

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California Shakin’: ‘We’ve Got a Lot of Earthquakes Ahead of Us’

March 15, 2014 | 9:00 am

California Shakin’: ‘We’ve Got a Lot of Earthquakes Ahead of Us’

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And some say that a fracking boom in California will raise the ante. …read more

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Enviros Livid as Brown Diverts Cap-and-Trade Funds

May 14, 2013 | 5:25 pm

Enviros Livid as Brown Diverts Cap-and-Trade Funds

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“Totally disappointed.” That was Kathryn Phillips’ reaction when she read the fine print in Gov. Jerry Brown’s revised budget. Phillips, state director for the Sierra Club, is one of a chorus of voices from the environmental community howling over Brown’s decision to divert revenue from the state’s cap-and-trade program into the general fund — temporarily, […]

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Air Quality Chief Sees Valero Reversal as Vindication of Climate Law

March 21, 2013 | 4:22 pm

Air Quality Chief Sees Valero Reversal as Vindication of Climate Law

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This post is updated with a response from Valero, below. California’s top air regulator has found a victory of sorts in this week’s decision by the nation’s largest oil refiner to keep its California refineries. A spokesman for Texas-based Valero Energy Corp. told the Wall Street Journal that it has reconsidered its plan to sell […]

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Mistake in First California Carbon Auction Raises Questions About Secrecy

February 19, 2013 | 4:10 pm

Mistake in First California Carbon Auction Raises Questions About Secrecy

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The glitch in California’s cap-and-trade program that you probably never heard about.

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Why This Bay Area Winter Feels Like ‘Real Winter’

January 16, 2013 | 8:54 am

Why This Bay Area Winter Feels Like ‘Real Winter’

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You’re now free to shed the scarf and mittens. The Bay Area’s cold snap is finally abating, with highs in the sixties expected this weekend. How cold was it? Maybe not as cold as it seemed. While San Jose managed to set a new low (by one degree) on Sunday, this hasn’t been like, say, […]

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Reporting Tsunami Debris by Smartphone as it Drifts Toward California

December 10, 2012 | 1:01 pm

Reporting Tsunami Debris by Smartphone as it Drifts Toward California

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Debris from last year’s Japan tsunami is still making its way across the Pacific, drifting toward the California coast, and researchers are looking for “citizen scientists” to help track and catalog it. And yes, there’s an app for that. It’s called “Coastbuster,” and it enables smartphone users to report potential remnants from the March, 2011 […]

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NASA’s Hansen: California’s Cap & Trade Doomed to Fail

December 5, 2012 | 10:30 am

NASA’s Hansen: California’s Cap & Trade Doomed to Fail

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As climatologists go, James Hansen is a legend. In 1988, he was already warning Congress about the dangers of global warming. The scientist normally speaks in measured tones, but he evoked nervous laughter from the crowd at the Commonwealth Club of California last night when asked by Climate One host Greg Dalton why he didn’t […]

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A Decade of Flood Engineering in Napa Awaits Test From Nature

November 30, 2012 | 10:18 am

A Decade of Flood Engineering in Napa Awaits Test From Nature

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When this kind of “atmospheric river” bears down on the North Bay, folks in downtown Napa keep one eye on the sky and the other on the historically mischievous river that loops through the middle of town. With 21 “serious” floods in the past century, it’s hard to blame them. City and county engineers are […]

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First Major N. Calif. Storm Sequence of the Season Looks Like a Gully Washer

November 27, 2012 | 4:03 pm

First Major N. Calif. Storm Sequence of the Season Looks Like a Gully Washer

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All aboard the Pineapple Express! Forecasters are telling us to prepare for high winds and heavy rainfall over the next several days. A line of Pacific storms is set to sweep through Northern California starting tonight. By the time it moves through on Sunday, it could go down as a major weather event. There might […]

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