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New State Laws on Fracking and Toxics: A Mixed Bag for Environmentalists

KQED Science | October 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

New State Laws on Fracking and Toxics: A Mixed Bag for Environmentalists

Now that California's legislative session is now over, here's a roundup of the environmental bills that passed -- and a review of some big ones that didn't.

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New Rules for Lake Tahoe Development Give Locals More Leverage

KQED Science | October 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

New Rules for Lake Tahoe Development Give Locals More Leverage

California governor Jerry Brown signed legislation over the weekend that reaffirms the state’s commitment to working with Nevada to preserve Lake Tahoe.

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Watsonville Lacks Funds to Control Toxic Algae, Threatening Wildlife

KQED Science | October 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

Watsonville Lacks Funds to Control Toxic Algae, Threatening Wildlife

The city of Watsonville has an expensive problem on its hands: toxic algae stirred up from the bottom of Pinto Lake makes the lake poisonous to humans and deadly to birds, fish, and even the otters in Monterey Bay, where the lake water eventually empties into the sea. Knowing how to clean it is one thing; paying for it is another.

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Flame Retardants Fade Faster From Our Bodies Than Expected

KQED Science | September 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

Flame Retardants Fade Faster From Our Bodies Than Expected

Researchers wanted to know: Now that they've been banned, how soon would a controversial class of flame retardants called PBDEs start disappearing from women's bodies? The answer: Sooner than they thought.

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Wildfires a Growing Air Quality Issue

KQED Science | August 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

Wildfires a Growing Air Quality Issue

Major wildfires like California's Rim Fire, near Yosemite, are also long-distance air polluters.

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Who Profits from Proposition 65? (Part Two)

KQED Science | July 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

Who Profits from Proposition 65? (Part Two)

Proposition 65 is enforced by, among others, a small and little-known subculture of "private enforcers," and their attorneys who profit from settlements with businesses found to be in violation of the law. Critics call it a "cottage industry;" others say it's an efficient way to protect consumers from toxic chemicals.

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Who Profits from Proposition 65?  (Part One)

KQED Science | June 29, 2013 | 2 Comments

Who Profits from Proposition 65? (Part One)

Proposition 65 was passed by voters in order to reduce Californian's exposure to toxic chemicals. Now there's an effort in Sacramento to revise the law, amid charges that it's prompted a flood of frivolous lawsuits that make millions of dollars for a select few and cause undue headaches for thousands of California businesses.

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An Environmental Catch-22: Fire Safety Chemicals in Insulation Pose Risks

KQED Science | June 26, 2013 | 8 Comments

An Environmental Catch-22: Fire Safety Chemicals in Insulation Pose Risks

Mounting research questions the safety and effectiveness of flame retardants used in consumer products. The chemicals are also used in the foam plastic insulation that improves energy efficiency in buildings. But a measure that just passed a Senate committee this week could pave the way for fire-safe, energy-efficient buildings without causing harm.

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Breast-Feeding Neanderthals Would Get Top Marks From Today’s Pediatricians

KQED Science | May 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

Breast-Feeding Neanderthals Would Get Top Marks From Today’s Pediatricians

Like all mammals, the Neanderthals breast fed their babies. Scientists wanted to know: For how long? A team of researchers say they’ve answered that question by looking at the fossilized tooth of an eight-year old Neanderthal child discovered in a Belgian cave.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2013/05/13/120681/teens_science_fair_project_new_diabetes_treatment?category=science target=_blank >Teen's Science Fair Project: New Diabetes Treatment?</a>

KQED News | May 13, 2013

Teen's Science Fair Project: New Diabetes Treatment?

Seven Bay Area students are in Phoenix this week for the world’s largest high school science competition. One sophomore from Walnut Creek was inspired by his grandfather’s Type 1 diabetes. Sixteen-year-old Rohan Savoor said he has always been interested in science, but this is the first time he’s been ...

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2013/04/29/air-pollution-lurks-inside-your-home/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=air-pollution-lurks-inside-your-home target=_blank >Air Pollution Lurks Inside Your Home</a>

QUEST | April 29, 2013

Air Pollution Lurks Inside Your Home

Photograph courtesy of kfisto via Creative Commons licensing. How would you like a job that involves shopping at the grocery store with the company credit card and cooking dishes like stir-fry? This describes Tosh Hotchi’s job, but he isn’t a chef. He is ...

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2013/04/25/119940/federal_budget_cuts_hit_lake_berryessa_area?category=science target=_blank >Federal Budget Cuts Hit Lake Berryessa Area</a>

KQED News | April 26, 2013

Federal Budget Cuts Hit Lake Berryessa Area

The battle over the federal budget in Washington, D.C., is taking a toll on rural communities around Lake Berryessa, a popular destination for boating and fishing northeast of Napa. Most of the lake's marinas and recreation sites have been shut down for years after a federal contractor failed in its ...

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2013/04/22/two-local-kids-are-semi-finalists-in-a-national-wildlife-art-contest/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=two-local-kids-are-semi-finalists-in-a-national-wildlife-art-contest target=_blank >Two Local Kids Are Semi-Finalists in a National Wildlife Art Contest</a>

QUEST | April 22, 2013

Two Local Kids Are Semi-Finalists in a National Wildlife Art Contest

Two Bay Area kids are semi-finalists in a national art contest celebrating endangered species. First-grader Hannah Chacko, of San Francisco, turned in this colorful drawing of the endangered San Francisco garter snake. (Perhaps a new t-shirt design for the city’s Sharp Park Golf Course?) Foster City’s Kevin Huo, an ...

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<a href=http://www.californiareport.org/archive/R201304191630/c target=_blank >Biotech Braces for Gene Patenting Ruling</a>

The California Report | April 19, 2013

Biotech Braces for Gene Patenting Ruling

California biotech companies had their eye on the U.S. Supreme Court this week as it heard arguments on a key question: can you patent a human gene? The court's ruling could mean millions of dollars to biotech companies and universities. ...

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2013/03/08/comets-may-have-delivered-lifes-early-building-blocks/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=comets-may-have-delivered-lifes-early-building-blocks target=_blank >Comets May Have Delivered Life's Early Building Blocks</a>

QUEST | March 8, 2013

Comets May Have Delivered Life's Early Building Blocks

NASA The building blocks of life on Earth may have originated in space. Chemists at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Hawaii, Manoa have found the complex compounds essential for life can be forged in the vacuum of space. The linked pairs of ...

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2013/01/07/think-before-you-drink-grapefruit-juice/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=think-before-you-drink-grapefruit-juice target=_blank >Think Before You Drink Grapefruit Juice</a>

QUEST | January 7, 2013

Think Before You Drink Grapefruit Juice

Image courtesy of dullhunk via Wikimedia Commons You follow the directions on your medication carefully, always taking the pills with the correct frequency and with or without food as directed. But have you discussed with your doctor or pharmacist whether ingesting grapefruit could cause an ...

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2012/12/10/top-kqed-science-quest-stories-from-2012/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=top-kqed-science-quest-stories-from-2012 target=_blank >Top KQED Science & QUEST Stories from 2012</a>

QUEST | December 10, 2012

Top KQED Science & QUEST Stories from 2012

From the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to killer whales, bicycles to cheese — it's been another year of diverse storytelling from the KQED Science and Environment team. Here's a round-up of the top 10 stories shared on our website (based on page views) that you've enjoyed in 2012. Please let us ...

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2012/11/28/flame-retardants-redux-from-toxic-couches-to-buildings/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=flame-retardants-redux-from-toxic-couches-to-buildings target=_blank >Flame Retardants, Redux: From Toxic Couches to Buildings</a>

QUEST | November 28, 2012

Flame Retardants, Redux: From Toxic Couches to Buildings

California's flammability standard, which has led to the use of toxic flame retardants in a wide range of consumer products, may finally change under the direction of Gov. Jerry Brown. (Photo: Oscar/Wikimedia Commons) Speaking before a roomful of breast cancer researchers and activists in ...

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2012/11/07/tracing-the-origins-of-the-durian%E2%80%99s-stench/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=tracing-the-origins-of-the-durian%25e2%2580%2599s-stench target=_blank >Tracing the Origins of the Durian’s Stench</a>

QUEST | November 7, 2012

Tracing the Origins of the Durian’s Stench

You either love durian or you hate it. This spiky football-shaped fruit is a delicacy in southeast Asia. But some can’t get over its stench, often described as rotten onions or stale vomit. Some Malaysian hotels even ban guests from bringing the fruit into the rooms when it’s in ...

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2012/10/31/playing-whack-a-mole-with-flame-retardants/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=playing-whack-a-mole-with-flame-retardants target=_blank >Playing Whack-a-Mole with Flame Retardants</a>

QUEST | October 31, 2012

Playing Whack-a-Mole with Flame Retardants

Emerging research questions whether flame retardants used to meet California's flammability standard increase fire safety. Activists say fire-resistant fabric can protect furniture built to meet industry codes without the use of toxic flame retardants. (Image: Kpahor/Wikipedia) Countless consumer products sold in California contain a flame ...

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