Lauren is a radio reporter covering environment, water, and energy for KQED Science. As part of her day job, she has scaled Sierra Nevada peaks, run from charging elephant seals, and desperately tried to get her sea legs - all in pursuit of good radio. Her work has appeared on Marketplace, Living on Earth, and NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered. You can find her on Twitter at @lesommer.
Lauren Sommer's Latest Posts
An unintended consequence of aggressive fire suppression: denser forests that consume more water.
One of the key fisheries on the West Coast is coming back after years of decline.
In a move that some believed would never happen in California, legislators approved three reform bills.
U.S. Forest Service will release plans for trees in burn zone. Some say logging will destroy habitat.
Scientists work on recovery plan for vast swaths of burned-out forest in and near Yosemite.
New Stanford analysis of state’s groundwater finds ‘alarming lack of information’ about crucial resource. Read more …
A proposed moratorium on fracking, stalled in the Legislature, fracking opponents are taking the fight to the county level.
California’s new regulations for hydraulic fracturing will be delayed by months after state legislators approved the change in June.
‘Crisis mode’ in Central Valley as some farmers increase groundwater pumping at possible expense to neighbors. Read more …
An old debate has taken on new urgency as California watches its water supplies dwindle. Read more …