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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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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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Planning for Climate Change in a Growing Bay Area

April 30, 2013 | 6:00 am

Planning for Climate Change in a Growing Bay Area

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This won’t come as a surprise to Bay Area residents: the region is still growing. By one estimate, the Bay Area will add two million people by 2040, a 30 percent increase over today’s population of about seven million. More people means more housing and more traffic. But regional planning agencies have another target to […]

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Asking the Crowd to Help Tell the Story of San Francisco Bay

April 5, 2013 | 6:00 am

Asking the Crowd to Help Tell the Story of San Francisco Bay

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Through a unique history crowdsourcing project called “Year of the Bay,” the California Historical Society is hoping the public will help uncover the story behind many historical pictures of the San Francisco Bay.

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Key State Report to Show How Water Tunnels Will Impact Endangered Fish

March 26, 2013 | 3:53 pm

Key State Report to Show How Water Tunnels Will Impact Endangered Fish

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This month, new details have emerged about Gov. Jerry Brown’s $23 billion plan to build new plumbing in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. It could be the state’s largest water project in a generation, consisting of two massive, 40-foot-wide tunnels and thousands of acres of habitat restoration. On Wednesday, state water officials will release new studies […]

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Tunnel Vision: Who Really Determines California’s Water Flow

March 19, 2013 | 5:07 pm

Tunnel Vision: Who Really Determines California’s Water Flow

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Governor Jerry Brown’s plan for two massive tunnels in the Delta is getting a lot of attention, but a different state agency is making the tough water decisions.

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California Ocean Reserves Show Promising Results for Marine Life

February 28, 2013 | 11:27 am

California Ocean Reserves Show Promising Results for Marine Life

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A groundbreaking network of marine reserves off the California coast are showing promising results, according to scientists meeting in Monterey this week. The results come five years after the state set up the first group of “marine protected areas”—zones where fishing is either limited or banned all together. Several fish species seem to be rebounding […]

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California Lawmakers Ask If New Fracking Regulations Are Enough

February 13, 2013 | 9:55 am

California Lawmakers Ask If New Fracking Regulations Are Enough

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Battles have been brewing in various states over the controversial oil and gas technique known as hydraulic fracturing, but regulators in California are just starting to grapple with it. Those regulators got a grilling in Sacramento on Tuesday as state lawmakers questioned whether newly proposed rules were strong enough to safely regulate the technique, which […]

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Five Reasons You Should Care about California’s Cap-and-Trade Carbon Market

November 14, 2012 | 4:10 pm

Five Reasons You Should Care about California’s Cap-and-Trade Carbon Market

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California will attempt to launch an honest-to-goodness carbon market on Wednesday, officially kicking off the state’s cap and trade program. It’s part of the landmark global warming bill, AB 32, signed back in 2006 by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. This won’t be first cap-and-trade program in the world — Europe’s been trading carbon allowances for a […]

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