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California Expands Its ‘Subnational’ Climate Club

KQED Science | May 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

California Expands Its ‘Subnational’ Climate Club

Representatives of a dozen state and provincial governments add a little pressure to the "do-or-die" world climate talks coming up in Paris. But can "subnational" deals like this really make a difference?

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Women Getting Science Ph.D.s Still Face Gender Barriers

KQED Science | May 18, 2015 | 1 Comment

Women Getting Science Ph.D.s Still Face Gender Barriers

Women in science say the problem doesn't stem from women making choices between career and family -- it's plain, old-fashioned sex discrimination.

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The Biggest Waves in the World Yield Their Secrets

KQED Science | May 14, 2015 | 2 Comments

The Biggest Waves in the World Yield Their Secrets

Intensive research has laid bare the workings of gigantic "internal waves" that roil the deep seas. The results will advance climate models and make a wide range of marine activities more reliable.

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Will California Drought Force Changes In Historic Water Rights?

KQED Science | May 11, 2015 | 18 Comments

Will California Drought Force Changes In Historic Water Rights?

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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Pollen Grains Have Newfound Role: Seeding Rain Clouds

KQED Science | May 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

Pollen Grains Have Newfound Role: Seeding Rain Clouds

Maybe that old song ought to say that April flowers bring May showers. A new study shows that pollen grains break up into huge numbers of tiny pieces that are active in triggering cloud formation.

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‘Aggressive’ New Drought Rules for California: Now Comes the Hard Part

KQED Science | May 6, 2015 | 6 Comments

‘Aggressive’ New Drought Rules for California: Now Comes the Hard Part

State officials officially hand the ball to local water agencies to squeeze 25 percent more water savings out of their customers. And ultimately, it is up to those customers to respond -- or not.

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Two-hundred Years of Cuban Coral Arrives in Santa Cruz

KQED Science | May 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

Two-hundred Years of Cuban Coral Arrives in Santa Cruz

The longest core ever taken from Cuban coral arrived in Santa Cruz today. The core contains data on past environmental changes that will tell scientists why Cuban reefs are so healthy and how corals might respond to future climate change.

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State Passes Historic Water Conservation Rules

KQED Science | May 4, 2015 | 5 Comments

State Passes Historic Water Conservation Rules

The state-mandated water conservation "tiers" assigned to local water agencies don't tell the whole story. Some cities are already there, some have a lot more work to do.

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Governor Brown’s New Climate Offensive in Five Jerryesque Quotes

KQED Science | April 30, 2015 | 1 Comment

Governor Brown’s New Climate Offensive in Five Jerryesque Quotes

In promoting his new greenhouse gas reduction targets, the governor invokes World War II, climate-change deniers in Washington, and the recycled toilet water in our future.

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State Mostly Standing Its Ground on Tough New Water Rules

KQED Science | April 28, 2015 | 3 Comments

State Mostly Standing Its Ground on Tough New Water Rules

The governor offers help with enforcement but no easing of conservation targets for local water suppliers.

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Amid California’s Drought, Should Cemeteries Stay Green?

KQED Science | April 27, 2015 | 1 Comment

Amid California’s Drought, Should Cemeteries Stay Green?

New drought restrictions are prompting cemetery managers to look at the water they use to keep lawns green. Some worry that for family members who visit this summer, parched grass might feel like insult on top of loss.

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The Bay Area: Ground Zero for Earth Day?

KQED Science | April 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Bay Area: Ground Zero for Earth Day?

The first Earth Day started a movement, rocked the government and created a generation of environmental leaders. In the Bay Area, it injected new energy into an environmental tradition that began with John Muir.

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When City Codes Clash With State Water Rules, Confusion Reigns

KQED Science | April 22, 2015 | 4 Comments

When City Codes Clash With State Water Rules, Confusion Reigns

Esthetics and water conservation clash as California cities find their own laws at odds with the governor's water reduction mandates.

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Water Conservation Ebbs as Governor Calls for Greater Effort

KQED Science | April 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

Water Conservation Ebbs as Governor Calls for Greater Effort

The latest figures on water conservation in California would seem to bear out the need for more strict, mandatory measures, such as the governor recently announced.

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Confusion Over Drought Rules on Lawns for New Homes

KQED Science | April 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

Confusion Over Drought Rules on Lawns for New Homes

Builders and developers are pondering the governor's new water mandates -- and scratching their heads.

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Warm Winter Wrought Havoc for Coastal Wildlife

KQED Science | April 5, 2015 | 5 Comments

Warm Winter Wrought Havoc for Coastal Wildlife

Warm air and warm ocean waters together proved bad news this winter for wildlife on the Farallon Islands and along the nothern California coast.

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Governor Orders Water Cuts Amid Record Low Snowpack

KQED Science | March 31, 2015 | 18 Comments

Governor Orders Water Cuts Amid Record Low Snowpack

Governor Jerry Brown orders the state Water Resources Control Board to implement mandatory reductions to cut water use by 25 percent.

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A Candid Conversation With California’s ‘Water Czar’

KQED Science | March 23, 2015 | 21 Comments

A Candid Conversation With California’s ‘Water Czar’

The State Water Resources Control Board is California's top arbiter of water supply conflicts. Lately it's been caught in a tug of war between those who would have it tread lightly with local water agencies and those calling for aggressive statewide rationing.

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Calif. Water Regulators Tighten the Screws — But Just a Little

KQED Science | March 17, 2015 | 2 Comments

Calif. Water Regulators Tighten the Screws — But Just a Little

As California plods into its fourth year of drought, critics say the latest round of statewide water restrictions are too little -- and possibly too late.

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Los Angeles Willing to Pay Its Highest Price Ever for Water

KQED Science | March 16, 2015 | 2 Comments

Los Angeles Willing to Pay Its Highest Price Ever for Water

Los Angeles is offering rice farmers in the Sacramento Valley more money than the city has ever paid for water — $700 per acre-foot. At this price, rice farmers could make more money selling water than they can make on their crops. That makes it easy to say “yes,” says Lance Tennis, whose family has […]

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