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Craig Miller

Craig is KQED's science editor, specializing in weather, climate, water & energy issues, with a little seismology thrown in just to shake things up. Prior to his current position, he launched and led the station's award-winning multimedia project, Climate Watch. Craig is also an accomplished writer/producer of television documentaries, with a focus on natural resource issues.

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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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A Fourth Drought Year for California: What Are the Odds?

KQED Science | June 15, 2014 | 4 Comments

A Fourth Drought Year for California: What Are the Odds?

Two prominent California water experts advise: don't bet on wet.

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Drought Outlook: ‘Disastrous Consequences’ If 2015 Is Dry

KQED Science | June 11, 2014 | 2 Comments

Drought Outlook: ‘Disastrous Consequences’ If 2015 Is Dry

A new report echoes some of the worst fears of a fourth straight drought year.

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New Rules for Power Plants: What They Mean for California

KQED Science | June 1, 2014 | 2 Comments

New Rules for Power Plants: What They Mean for California

New rules for existing power plants could mean more partners for California's carbon market.

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California Drought: Hopes Rising for El Niño

KQED Science | May 8, 2014 | 1 Comment

California Drought: Hopes Rising for El Niño

A strong summer El Niño could set the stage for a wet winter -- or not. Forecasters say it's still early in the game.

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Auburn Dam: The Water Project That Won’t Die

KQED Science | April 30, 2014 | 8 Comments

Auburn Dam: The Water Project That Won’t Die

The giant dam and reservoir remains on the radar, whether or not it has a future.

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California Edging Closer to Regulating Groundwater for the First Time

KQED Science | April 22, 2014 | 11 Comments

California Edging Closer to Regulating Groundwater for the First Time

Power players in California water policy seem to agree for once: It's time to get serious about groundwater.

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Sierra Snowpack: Better But Far From What’s Needed for Drought

KQED Science | April 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Sierra Snowpack: Better But Far From What’s Needed for Drought

A key indicator of California's water prospects is likely to peak out at about one-third of normal.

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California Shakin': ‘We’ve Got a Lot of Earthquakes Ahead of Us’

KQED Science | March 14, 2014 | 6 Comments

California Shakin': ‘We’ve Got a Lot of Earthquakes Ahead of Us’

And some say that a fracking boom in California will raise the ante.

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Three Years After Disaster, Crescent City Sports a New ‘Tsunami-Resistant’ Harbor

KQED Science | March 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Three Years After Disaster, Crescent City Sports a New ‘Tsunami-Resistant’ Harbor

A wave generated by Japan's monstrous Tohoku earthquake destroyed Crescent City's fishing harbor. Engineers say the new design should withstand a 50-year event.

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Why the Next Rainstorm Might Make a Bigger Dent in the Drought

KQED Science | February 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Why the Next Rainstorm Might Make a Bigger Dent in the Drought

Soils may be better primed for the next big downpour.

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Megadroughts: Four Points to Put California’s Dry Times in Perspective

KQED Science | February 10, 2014 | 1 Comment

Megadroughts: Four Points to Put California’s Dry Times in Perspective

California has had its share of "megadroughts." This isn't one of them...yet.

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Sierra Snow Survey Offers Little Hope as Drought Lingers

KQED Science | January 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Sierra Snow Survey Offers Little Hope as Drought Lingers

And the clock is ticking toward April 1, when snow accumulation usually peaks.

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California Winemakers Brace for Drought Impacts

KQED Science | January 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

California Winemakers Brace for Drought Impacts

The silver lining: droughts can produce some very memorable wines -- just not as much of them.

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David Perlman: The Energizer Bunny of Bay Area Science Writers

KQED Science | January 20, 2014 | 2 Comments

David Perlman: The Energizer Bunny of Bay Area Science Writers

David Perlman, the San Francisco Chronicle's science editor has been on the job for more than a half-century. He covered the launch of the space age and the unfolding of the computer age, and his career has spanned Pluto's entire life as a planet, from its discovery in 1930 to its demotion to sub-planet.

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California’s ‘Big Dry’

KQED Science | January 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

California’s ‘Big Dry’

For many parts of California, 2013 was the driest year on the books.

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Spare-the-Air Days: How They Make the Call

KQED Science | December 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

Spare-the-Air Days: How They Make the Call

Making the call a day ahead of time requires a blend of art and science -- and regulators aren't always right.

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2013: Progress, But Long Road Ahead to California Climate Goals

KQED Science | December 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

2013: Progress, But Long Road Ahead to California Climate Goals

Despite its deserved reputation for climate leadership, California will have to hustle to make its own long-range emissions goals.

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Little Cheer for Some Big Sur Fire Evacuees

KQED Science | December 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

Little Cheer for Some Big Sur Fire Evacuees

Evacuees return home after the Big Sur fire that damaged or destroyed 34 residences.

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Memo to Bay Area Sea Rise Planners: Situation Serious But Not Hopeless

KQED Science | December 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

Memo to Bay Area Sea Rise Planners: Situation Serious But Not Hopeless

San Mateo County faces up to its high-water future--and gets some tips from one of climate adaptation's go-to guys.

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