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Drought Becomes Top Environmental Priority for Californians

KQED Science | July 23, 2014 | 3 Comments

Drought Becomes Top Environmental Priority for Californians

Those surveyed say they favor mandatory restrictions on water use.

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Feds Propose New Safety Rules for Oil Trains

KQED Science | July 23, 2014 | 1 Comment

Feds Propose New Safety Rules for Oil Trains

There have been several fiery oil train derailments in other parts of the country in the past year. The new rules include lower speed limits, better brakes and safer rail cars.

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Richmond Nearly Ready to Approve Chevron Refinery Project

KQED Science | July 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Richmond Nearly Ready to Approve Chevron Refinery Project

The Richmond City Council is considering Chevron's plans for a $1 billion project at its refinery there. If it's approved, this is one of the last steps before construction on the project would actually begin.

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California Fire Season: Threat of Dry Lightning Looms

KQED Science | July 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

California Fire Season: Threat of Dry Lightning Looms

Weather experts say the next couple of weeks could be some of the worst in state history for wildfires caused by lightning strikes.

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California Has Little Say Over Oil Train Safety

KQED Science | July 21, 2014 | 2 Comments

California Has Little Say Over Oil Train Safety

The state can't set speed limits on trains. It can't tell railroads to choose less hazardous routes. It can't tell oil companies not to bring trains carrying volatile crude through cities.

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California Regulators Approve Fines for Wasting Water

KQED Science | July 15, 2014 | 7 Comments

California Regulators Approve Fines for Wasting Water

Watering your lawn or washing your car may become a lot more expensive. State regulators have approved new fines aimed at water wasters, hoping the penalties will lead to a reduction in water use.

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California’s Drought is Hurting Farmers More Than Food Consumers

KQED Science | July 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

California’s Drought is Hurting Farmers More Than Food Consumers

Economists estimate that the drought will cost the state's farm economy about $2.2 billion this year, including the loss of more than 17,000 jobs.

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Anti-Fracking Activists in California Take Fight to County Ballots

KQED Science | July 14, 2014 | 12 Comments

Anti-Fracking Activists in California Take Fight to County Ballots

Activists are hoping local residents will do what state legislators haven’t done -- shut down the controversial oil production technique known as hydraulic fracturing.

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California’s New Fracking Regulations Delayed Half a Year

KQED Science | July 11, 2014 | 7 Comments

California’s New Fracking Regulations Delayed Half a Year

State lawmakers approved the delay in late June, and at the same time tightened up the environmental review process for fracking permits.

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Inspectors at Lake Tahoe Intercept Invasive Mussels

KQED Science | July 11, 2014 | 1 Comment

Inspectors at Lake Tahoe Intercept Invasive Mussels

Mandatory boat inspections stop invasive species from endangering Lake Tahoe’s pristine ecosystem.

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Drought Drives Hungry Bears to Lake Tahoe

KQED Science | July 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Drought Drives Hungry Bears to Lake Tahoe

Nevada wildlife officials say they're increasingly responding to a new kind of troublemaker they've started calling "drought" bears.

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Benicia Extends Public Comment Period on Bay Area Crude-by-Rail

KQED Science | July 11, 2014 | 1 Comment

Benicia Extends Public Comment Period on Bay Area Crude-by-Rail

Benicia city officials are giving people more time to comment on a proposal to bring crude oil by rail to Valero’s refinery there.

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State Officials Consider Mandatory Limits on Outdoor Watering

KQED Science | July 9, 2014 | 5 Comments

State Officials Consider Mandatory Limits on Outdoor Watering

Wasting water outdoors amid the state's drought will begin hitting Californians in the wallet under get-tough restrictions being proposed by state regulators.

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With DARPA Support, Lawrence Lab Seeks to Develop Brain Implant to Treat Memory Loss

KQED Science | July 9, 2014 | 1 Comment

With DARPA Support, Lawrence Lab Seeks to Develop Brain Implant to Treat Memory Loss

Misplace your car keys? Forget to buy milk at the store? For those coping with a memory-impairing disease or injury, memory loss can be debilitating. New therapeutic brain implants could help patients overcome memory deficits.

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How Efficient Is Your Sprinkler?

KQED Science | July 7, 2014 | 1 Comment

How Efficient Is Your Sprinkler?

Landscaping makes up half the water bill for most homeowners, and it’s often the most wasteful piece of the water picture.

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New Way to Save Endangered Species: Make Predators Puke

KQED Science | July 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

New Way to Save Endangered Species: Make Predators Puke

Marbled murrelets are rare seabirds that lay just one egg a year, and those eggs are a favorite food item for another bird: Steller’s jays. Scientists are hoping to trick the jays into avoiding the murrelet eggs using decoy eggs with a rude surprise inside.

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Water Snakes Invading California Threaten Native Species

KQED Science | June 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Water Snakes Invading California Threaten Native Species

Biologists at UC Davis are growing concerned about the presence of non-native aquatic snakes in California’s waterways.

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Carbon-Tracking Satellite Will Monitor Earth’s ‘Breathing’

KQED Science | June 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Carbon-Tracking Satellite Will Monitor Earth’s ‘Breathing’

The data could yield a much more precise picture of how accumulating greenhouse gases will affect the planet.

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Supreme Court Won’t Hear Dispute Over California Fuel Standard

KQED Science | June 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Supreme Court Won’t Hear Dispute Over California Fuel Standard

The justices on Monday turned away appeals from fuel makers that say the law discriminates against out-of-state producers.

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Drought Lessons From Down Under

KQED Science | June 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Drought Lessons From Down Under

Australia's nine-year "millennial drought" transformed attitudes toward water. Could California duplicate the gains without the pain?

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