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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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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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California Farmers Look to Oil Industry for Water

April 7, 2014 | 9:59 am

California Farmers Look to Oil Industry for Water

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San Joaquin farms tap an unlikely new water source in one of the state’s oldest oil fields. Read more …

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With Drought, New Scrutiny Over Fracking’s Water Use

March 31, 2014 | 9:48 am

With Drought, New Scrutiny Over Fracking’s Water Use

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How much water does fracking use and will it increase as companies tap into the Monterey Shale? …read more

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How Water and Oil Mix in California

March 31, 2014 | 9:43 am

How Water and Oil Mix in California

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California, the third-largest oil producing state, uses massive amounts of water to produce oil.
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Why Distant Dust Storms Matter to California Rainfall

March 10, 2014 | 8:35 am

Why Distant Dust Storms Matter to California Rainfall

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In research that could improve weather and water forecasting, scientists are finding that dust storms in Asia and Africa influence Sierra snowfall. Read more.

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Bay Area: Do You Know Where Your Water Comes From?

February 28, 2014 | 8:20 am

Bay Area: Do You Know Where Your Water Comes From?

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No matter where you live in the Bay Area, the answer might surprise you. Read more. …

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Drought Is One More Setback for San Joaquin River Restoration

February 24, 2014 | 9:06 am

Drought Is One More Setback for San Joaquin River Restoration

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Crisis has turned effort to restore a lost chinook salmon run into focus of political fight. … Read more

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How Can Anyone Hit a 90 mph Fastball? Science Explains!

May 8, 2013 | 2:50 pm

How Can Anyone Hit a 90 mph Fastball? Science Explains!

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Ever wonder how a major league baseball player hits a 90-mph fastball? Ask some researchers at UC Berkeley, who have identified an area of the brain that makes it possible. Look at the numbers alone and hitting a home run seems next to impossible. A fastball takes .4 seconds to reach home plate after it […]

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