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Environmentalists Sue Over Crude-by-Rail Safety

KQED Science | September 12, 2014 | 1 Comment

Environmentalists Sue Over Crude-by-Rail Safety

The environmental group Earthjustice is suing the U.S. Department of Transportation over the safety of the rail cars used to carry crude oil to California and around the country.

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Report: California Will Fall Short of its Carbon Emissions Reduction Goals

KQED Science | November 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

Report: California Will Fall Short of its Carbon Emissions Reduction Goals

Without adopting more aggressive tactics, the state will not meet its 2050 goal to reduce emissions by 80 percent from 1990 levels.

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Sunken Tugboat Gets a Lift in Oakland Estuary Cleanup

KQED Science | November 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

Sunken Tugboat Gets a Lift in Oakland Estuary Cleanup

The tug, nicknamed “Captain Al,” had been totally submerged in the waters between Oakland and Alameda for at least fifteen years. But it was leaching lead paint into the water, so it had to come out.

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Water is Running Out in Central California Wine Country

KQED Science | October 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

Water is Running Out in Central California Wine Country

As vineyards proliferate around this farm town halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, residential wells are starting to go dry. Some are calling the plight of Paso Robles a good example of what's wrong with California's unregulated groundwater supply.

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Raising Shasta Dam and the Flooding of a “Cathedral”

KQED Science | September 20, 2013 | 1 Comment

Raising Shasta Dam and the Flooding of a “Cathedral”

A plan to raise the height of Shasta Dam hangs over a small tribe of Indians who say it would drown their cultural heritage.

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Bay Area Regulators Will Monitor Pollution From Highways

KQED Science | September 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

Bay Area Regulators Will Monitor Pollution From Highways

Three new monitors to measure vehicle emissions are going up this year at congested traffic corridors in the Bay Area.

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California’s Looming Sand-and-Gravel Crunch

KQED Science | June 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

California’s Looming Sand-and-Gravel Crunch

A new map of sand and gravel resources from government geologists is alerting us that California cities and regions must keep thinking locally to keep prospering.

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California’s Vanishing Glaciers: A Defining Moment

KQED Science | May 27, 2013

California’s Vanishing Glaciers: A Defining Moment

The Lyell and Maclure glaciers in Yosemite – like glaciers and ice sheets worldwide – are in rapid state of retreat. The Lyell and Maclure were presumed to be “true” glaciers – that is, thick slabs of ice dragged downhill under their own weight, scouring the land as they move – but scientists are discovering that the Maclure is deteriorating as it moves, and the Lyell is no longer moving at all.

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Smartphone Apps Enable a New Phenomenon: the Grassroots ‘Bio-blitz’

KQED Science | May 17, 2013 | 4 Comments

Smartphone Apps Enable a New Phenomenon: the Grassroots ‘Bio-blitz’

Traditional bioblitzes often include scientists intensively collecting specimens over a 24-hour period. That takes special equipment and, depending on the species and the park, special permits. But with help from smartphones, just about anyone can produce a remarkable quantity of usable data.

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