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
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 …
There’s more than meets the eye to the reported reassessment of the state’s next big oil play. …read more
California Academy of Sciences exhibit features one man’s enduring passion. Read more …
A citizen science group is helping study how the state park is recovering from last year’s Morgan Fire. …read more
A 47-mile section of the California Aqueduct, the main artery of the state’s water system, could be engineered to flow backward this summer. …read more