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Why More Trees in the Sierra Mean Less Water for California

KQED Science | September 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Why More Trees in the Sierra Mean Less Water for California

California water districts are eyeing a potential new source of water: trees. After a century of fire suppression, Sierra Nevada forests are more dense than ever before. And those pine trees are taking up a lot of water that might otherwise run off into California rivers.

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California Plans Nation’s Most Detailed Sea Level Database

KQED Science | September 11, 2014 | 1 Comment

California Plans Nation’s Most Detailed Sea Level Database

To help adapt to the increased flood risks affecting people and property along the coast, the San Francisco Bay and inland waterways, California lawmakers sent a bill to Governor Jerry Brown that would direct the state to compile the nation’s most elaborate sea level rise planning database.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/09/09/142788/more_than_half_of_us_bird_species_threatened_by_climate_change?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >More Than Half of U.S. Bird Species Threatened by Climate Change</a>

KQED News | September 9, 2014

More Than Half of U.S. Bird Species Threatened by Climate Change

People in Maryland love their Baltimore orioles — so much so that their major league baseball team bears the name of the migrating bird. Yet, by 2080, there may not be any orioles left in Maryland. They migrate each year and, according to a new report, could soon be forced ...Read More

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Drought Myth-Busting: Why El Niño Is Never A Good Bet

KQED Science | September 1, 2014 | 3 Comments

Drought Myth-Busting: Why El Niño Is Never A Good Bet

The peculiar set of ocean conditions is known as a California rainmaker -- but El Niño's reputation has been greatly exaggerated.

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Drought-Stricken California Town Struggles to Keep the Water Flowing

KQED Science | August 20, 2014 | 2 Comments

Drought-Stricken California Town Struggles to Keep the Water Flowing

From heavy machinery to hand-held flour sifters, this town is pulling out all the stops to save its water.

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California Isn’t Just Dry — It’s Hot

KQED Science | August 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

California Isn’t Just Dry — It’s Hot

California's average temperature for January through July was the highest on record.

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Cap and Trade Faces First Major Political Test

KQED Science | August 7, 2014 | 1 Comment

Cap and Trade Faces First Major Political Test

A group of Democrats wants to delay the planned expansion of California's cap-and-trade system. They're worried about the impact of higher gas prices.

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El Niño Fizzle: No Relief Likely for California Drought

KQED Science | August 7, 2014 | 7 Comments

El Niño Fizzle: No Relief Likely for California Drought

Odds of a strong pattern of warm Pacific waters forming in time to bring winter rains are diminishing.

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Artist Will Take a 13-Hour Watery Stand to Draw Attention to Rising Seas

KQED Science | August 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

Artist Will Take a 13-Hour Watery Stand to Draw Attention to Rising Seas

A performance artist will stand in San Francisco Bay for a tidal cycle of thirteen hours to dramatize the challenge of rising seas. At high tide, she'll be covered up to her neck.

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Drought Becomes Top Environmental Priority for Californians

KQED Science | July 23, 2014 | 5 Comments

Drought Becomes Top Environmental Priority for Californians

Those surveyed say they favor mandatory restrictions on water use.

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Richmond Nearly Ready to Approve Chevron Refinery Project

KQED Science | July 23, 2014 | 1 Comment

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’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 | 13 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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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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Recent Talk on Sea Level Rise Stresses Need for Acceptance and Adaptation

KQED Science | July 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Recent Talk on Sea Level Rise Stresses Need for Acceptance and Adaptation

Polar ice sheets are shrinking, sea level is rising and 44% of the world's population lives within 90 miles of the sea in the coastal zone. Oceanographer John Englander's addressed these topics in a recent talk, "Melting Ice, Rising Seas, and Shifting Shorelines: the New Normal" at the Aquarium of the Bay.

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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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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/epArchive/R201406300900?pid=RD19 target=_blank >Coping with California's Record Drought</a>

Forum | June 30, 2014

Coping with California's Record Drought

"Make it a Quickie." That's the slogan for the San Francisco water agency's new ad campaign promoting shorter showers, a response to the ongoing drought crisis. But a recent state survey suggests Californians aren't yet heeding Gov. Jerry Brown's call to conserve. State residents have reduced water use by just ...Read More

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/video/picturing-a-future-wrought-by-climate-change/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=picturing-a-future-wrought-by-climate-change target=_blank >Picturing a Future Wrought by Climate Change</a>

QUEST | June 26, 2014

Picturing a Future Wrought by Climate Change

In this video, follow a University of Wisconsin research team creating scenarios visualizing what the climate in Madison, Wisconsin could look like in the year 2070. ...Read More

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As Water Prices Soar, Some Profit From California’s Drought

KQED Science | June 23, 2014 | 3 Comments

As Water Prices Soar, Some Profit From California’s Drought

Fights are breaking out over controversial water sales. Some farmers say they need the water to keep trees alive, while others say groundwater pumping depletes supplies for neighboring farms, and could threaten California's already-stressed aquifers.

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