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Storms a Boon for Rainwater Harvesters

KQED Science | December 17, 2014 | 11 Comments

Storms a Boon for Rainwater Harvesters

More Northern California residents are harnessing winter storms and cashing in on local rebate programs for rainwater harvesting.

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Northern California Ski Slopes Reopen After Storm

KQED Science | December 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Northern California Ski Slopes Reopen After Storm

Bay Area Storm Brings Fresh Snow and Ski-Worthy Conditions to the Sierra Nevada

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‘Pineapple Express’ Soaks Bay Area

KQED Science | December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

‘Pineapple Express’ Soaks Bay Area

The precipitation flooding many parts of the Bay Area is part of a low pressure system that is both common and uncommon during California's winter months.

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California’s Drought: Is it Global Warming?

KQED Science | December 8, 2014 | 3 Comments

California’s Drought: Is it Global Warming?

Not really, says a new report from federal climate scientists. But others say that report doesn't show the whole picture.

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How California’s Water Rights Make It Tough to Manage Drought

KQED Science | December 8, 2014 | 12 Comments

How California’s Water Rights Make It Tough to Manage Drought

Here’s the thing: Water rights in California are based on who got there first. It’s as if you had to line up with all your coworkers to get a cup of coffee at work, and maybe the pot’s empty when the new guy gets to the front. Some are asking, in a drought like the one we’ve been having, is that really fair?

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Study: California Drought Most Severe Dry Spell in at least 1,200 Years

KQED Science | December 4, 2014 | 2 Comments

Study: California Drought Most Severe Dry Spell in at least 1,200 Years

Low precipitation and record high temperatures combine to set startling record.

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New Residential Water Use Numbers Indicate Conservation Backslide

KQED Science | December 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

New Residential Water Use Numbers Indicate Conservation Backslide

The year-over-year water-saving rate slid by more than a third in October, worrying officials calling on residents to reduce water usage during record drought.

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The Hidden Perils of Permafrost

KQED Science | December 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Hidden Perils of Permafrost

For thousands of years, mysterious bacteria have remained dormant in the Arctic permafrost. Now, a warming climate threatens to bring them back to life. What does that mean for the rest of us?

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/11/28/San-Francisco-Bay-Area-Rain target=_blank >Bay Area Storm Update: Yes, We Just Got Soaked</a>

KQED News | December 1, 2014

Bay Area Storm Update: Yes, We Just Got Soaked

The rainy weekend is over and the sun has returned. Next up: a wetter and windier storm that should arrive the Bay Area Tuesday morning.

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Stalled Clean Power Alternative to PG&E Looms Large in New S.F. Electricity Law

KQED Science | November 25, 2014 | 4 Comments

Stalled Clean Power Alternative to PG&E Looms Large in New S.F. Electricity Law

A city-run alternative to PG&E could rake in millions for San Francisco but faces opposition from the business sector.

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California Utilities and Solar Companies Battle Over Electricity Prices

KQED Science | November 24, 2014 | 16 Comments

California Utilities and Solar Companies Battle Over Electricity Prices

Solar companies in California have long been able to tell homeowners they can save a lot of money on power bills by going solar. Now PG&E is proposing a rate change the company says will be more fair for everyone. But solar companies say it’s simply an attack on their industry.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/11/21/feinstein-promises-to-try-again-on-california-water-bill target=_blank >Feinstein Promises to Try Again on California Water Bill</a>

KQED News | November 21, 2014

Feinstein Promises to Try Again on California Water Bill

A controversial effort by the California Senator to broker drought-driven water legislation is dead, for now.

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California Drought: A Glimmer of Hope For Winter Rain And Snow

KQED Science | November 20, 2014 | 1 Comment

California Drought: A Glimmer of Hope For Winter Rain And Snow

But given the state of long-range forecasting, climatologists admit that the glimmer could be a mirage.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/lowdown/2014/11/20/dry-times-two-comics-explaining-californias-drought/ target=_blank >Dry Times: Two Comics Explaining the Drought</a>

The Lowdown | November 20, 2014

Dry Times: Two Comics Explaining the Drought

What a historic dry period means for food exported from the country's biggest farm state and how California's scarce water supply is being divided.

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This Week’s Rain Unlikely to Dent Drought

KQED Science | November 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

This Week’s Rain Unlikely to Dent Drought

Rain systems so far this season have been on the wimpy side. This next series is likely to continue the trend.

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Designing California Cities for a Long-Term Drought

KQED Science | November 18, 2014 | 11 Comments

Designing California Cities for a Long-Term Drought

Scientists say it’s possible California’s drought may last a lot longer than a few years. No one knows for sure, but we could all simply have to adjust to a drier climate. That could mean changing the way we build cities to make them more porous. The 'Hydramax,' a futuristic design pictured above, rises with the tide and captures water from the air.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/lowdown/2014/11/17/why-californias-drought-is-americas-problem/ target=_blank >Why California’s Drought is America’s Problem</a>

The Lowdown | November 17, 2014

Why California’s Drought is America’s Problem

Despite a few recent downpours, California remains stuck in one of the most severe statewide droughts on record. But it's far from just California's problem. The state produces a huge percentage of the nation's agriculture — nearly half of all fruits, vegetables and nuts, by some estimates.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/11/16/149679/yes_the_weather_is_polar_no_its_not_the_vortex?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Yes, the Weather is Polar. No, it's not the Vortex</a>

KQED News | November 16, 2014

Yes, the Weather is Polar. No, it's not the Vortex

Much of the country had to bundle up this week due to some unusually cold weather. Even in the deep South, residents struggled with temperatures in the low 20s. With the big chill comes the revival of an ominous phrase: "the polar vortex." The sinister-sounding label has been hard to escape.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/11/14/drought-photos-see-lake-oroville-fall-near-historic-low-over-20-months target=_blank >Drought Photos: See Lake Oroville Fall Near Historic Low Over 20 Months</a>

KQED News | November 14, 2014

Drought Photos: See Lake Oroville Fall Near Historic Low Over 20 Months

"Drought poster child" lake sits just 5 feet above record low point, forcing people to rappel down to their boats at Bidwell Marina. If the water surface level drops much more, it could cause problems for hydroelectric power generation at Hyatt Power Plant in the bedrock of Lake Oroville.

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Study: Warming Climate Means More Lightning

KQED Science | November 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Study: Warming Climate Means More Lightning

Memo to firefighters: Modeling by Berkeley researchers suggests a 50 percent spike in ground strikes this century, like the strikes that started last season's largest wildfire in California.

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