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California Drought Loosens Some Environmental Rules

KQED Science | January 20, 2014 | 4 Comments

California Drought Loosens Some Environmental Rules

Governor Jerry Brown's emergency drought declaration allows regulators to relax some water quality standards, as the state tries to balance the needs of wildlife and people.

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Want to Save Water? Try Some Neighborly Competition

KQED Science | January 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Want to Save Water? Try Some Neighborly Competition

Utilities find that nothing drives water savings quite like giving you a peek at your neighbors' habits.

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Governor’s Budget Plan Getting High Marks from Environmentalists

KQED Science | January 9, 2014 | 2 Comments

Governor’s Budget Plan Getting High Marks from Environmentalists

Environmental groups are generally lauding Governor Jerry Brown's new budget, which includes an outline for spending revenue from the state's carbon auctions.

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3 of the World’s Best Scientific Aircraft Team Up for Climate Science Research

KQED Science | January 9, 2014 | 5 Comments

3 of the World’s Best Scientific Aircraft Team Up for Climate Science Research

A tag-team of all-star research aircraft, including a robot, set out next week on a quest to explore a great atmospheric engine in the West Pacific with a powerful influence on global climate.

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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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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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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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Four Bay Area Cities Selected as Future Models of Resilience

KQED Science | December 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

Four Bay Area Cities Selected as Future Models of Resilience

A $100 million effort to push the world's cities toward better disaster resistance is making a test case with a "gang of four" Resilient Cities: Alameda, Berkeley, Oakland and San Francisco.

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Activists Take Aim at Bay Area Crude Oil Projects

KQED Science | December 4, 2013 | 1 Comment

Activists Take Aim at Bay Area Crude Oil Projects

Local activists are sounding an alarm over four proposed crude oil projects in the Bay Area. They say they're concerned about the health and environmental implications of the developments.

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Rolling Out a ‘Clean Diesel’ Locomotive

KQED Science | November 22, 2013 | 1 Comment

Rolling Out a ‘Clean Diesel’ Locomotive

"Clean diesel" cars are now common on the highways. A new locomotive now takes that concept to the rails--with a few other bells and whistles.

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Short Version: Yes, We Need More Rain

KQED Science | November 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

Short Version: Yes, We Need More Rain

The "wet season" is off to a slow start in California, but the most critical two months are still ahead.

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Arctic Algae Offer New Insights on Prehistoric Climate Data

KQED Science | November 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

Arctic Algae Offer New Insights on Prehistoric Climate Data

The short list of climate proxy species gains a new member in the critical Arctic Ocean region, a crusty red alga named Clathromorphum compactum.

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Can California Burn its Way Out of its Wildfire Problem?

KQED Science | November 15, 2013 | 3 Comments

Can California Burn its Way Out of its Wildfire Problem?

People who fight and study fire generally agree that one of the best tools for preventing massive wildfires is prescribed burning: intentionally setting smaller fires before the big ones hit. But there are major challenges to fighting fire with fire.

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Report: California Will Fall Short of its Carbon Emissions Reduction Goals

KQED Science | November 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

Report: California Will Fall Short of its Carbon Emissions Reduction Goals

Without adopting more aggressive tactics, the state will not meet its 2050 goal to reduce emissions by 80 percent from 1990 levels.

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Climate Pact: West Coast States, BC Vow to Step up Attack on Warming

KQED Science | October 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

Climate Pact: West Coast States, BC Vow to Step up Attack on Warming

California Governor Jerry Brown promises, "this will spread," as three states and one province agree on climate goals -- but no mechanism to enforce them.

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California Joins Eight-State Roadmap To More Electric Cars

KQED Science | October 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

California Joins Eight-State Roadmap To More Electric Cars

The eight states that account for about a quarter of the U.S. car market band together to get more electric cars and other "ZEVs" on the road.

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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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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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Drought Could Hamper Forest Recovery After Rim Fire

KQED Science | October 3, 2013 | 2 Comments

Drought Could Hamper Forest Recovery After Rim Fire

Ferns and new shoots from oak trees are already appearing in the ashes of the Rim Fire in Yosemite National Park. But fire ecologists say the long-term recovery of the forest could be hampered if California’s dry weather continues

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California’s Fire History Written in the Trees

KQED Science | September 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

California’s Fire History Written in the Trees

Scientists are finding that in the not-too-distant past, forest fires were much larger than they are today, and forests burned more often. The difference is that the forests bounced back much more readily.

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