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Lauren Sommer

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.

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Anti-Fracking Activists in California Take Fight to County Ballots

July 14, 2014 | 8:32 am

Anti-Fracking Activists in California Take Fight to County Ballots

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A proposed moratorium on fracking, stalled in the Legislature, fracking opponents are taking the fight to the county level.

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California’s New Fracking Regulations Delayed Half a Year

July 14, 2014 | 8:13 am

California’s New Fracking Regulations Delayed Half a Year

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California’s new regulations for hydraulic fracturing will be delayed by months after state legislators approved the change in June.

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As Water Prices Soar, Some Profit From California’s Drought

June 23, 2014 | 9:45 am

As Water Prices Soar, Some Profit From California’s Drought

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‘Crisis mode’ in Central Valley as some farmers increase groundwater pumping at possible expense to neighbors. Read more …

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Dueling Drought Strategies: Save More Water? Or Store More Water?

June 11, 2014 | 10:46 am

Dueling Drought Strategies: Save More Water? Or Store More Water?

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An old debate has taken on new urgency as California watches its water supplies dwindle. Read more …

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California to Protect Gray Wolves as Endangered Species

June 5, 2014 | 7:30 am

California to Protect Gray Wolves as Endangered Species

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Wildlife officials confirm that OR7, a wolf that has visited California, has had two pups in Oregon.

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California’s Monterey Shale: Bonanza or Bust? Nobody Really Knows

May 22, 2014 | 8:49 am

California’s Monterey Shale: Bonanza or Bust? Nobody Really Knows

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There’s more than meets the eye to the reported reassessment of the state’s next big oil play. …read more

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For San Francisco Bone Collector, Skulls Are a Lifelong Love Affair

May 12, 2014 | 6:30 am

For San Francisco Bone Collector, Skulls Are a Lifelong Love Affair

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California Academy of Sciences exhibit features one man’s enduring passion. Read more …

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Hikers Use Smartphones to Capture Fire Recovery on Mt. Diablo

April 25, 2014 | 7:00 am

Hikers Use Smartphones to Capture Fire Recovery on Mt. Diablo

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A citizen science group is helping study how the state park is recovering from last year’s Morgan Fire. …read more

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In California Drought, Desperation May Make Water Flow Uphill

April 23, 2014 | 4:58 pm

In California Drought, Desperation May Make Water Flow Uphill

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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

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During a Summer of Drought, Nobody Will Win

April 10, 2014 | 9:00 am

During a Summer of Drought, Nobody Will Win

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Water managers are walking a tightrope, balancing how much water to deliver where. Read more …

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