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Blue Oaks Shine New Light on California’s Past Climate

KQED Science | September 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

Blue Oaks Shine New Light on California’s Past Climate

A new climate chronology for California has come from one of our quintessential trees, the blue oak.

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Warming Climate Could Transform Bay Area Parks and Open Space

KQED Science | September 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

Warming Climate Could Transform Bay Area Parks and Open Space

By the end of the century, the Bay Area's landscape could look more like Southern California's, raising tough questions for land managers trying to preserve parks and open space.

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Stanford Students Unveil a Model Affordable Green Home

KQED Science | September 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

Stanford Students Unveil a Model Affordable Green Home

The one-bedroom, one-bath cottage is their entry in the Department of Energy’s biennial Solar Decathlon, in which students from around the world compete to design the most affordable green dwelling.

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Yosemite Fire Threatens Key Forest Research Site

KQED Science | August 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

Yosemite Fire Threatens Key Forest Research Site

A longstanding experimental forest lies perilously close to the wildfire raging near Yosemite. Scientists are holding their breath, hoping the voracious Rim Fire doesn't set back years of research into...fire management, among other things.

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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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Climate Scientist to Politicians: It’s Time to Face the Facts

KQED Science | August 23, 2013 | 4 Comments

Climate Scientist to Politicians: It’s Time to Face the Facts

In California, polling shows that most people think climate change is already having an effect. But scientists are concerned that politicians are not acting fast enough. Now a UC Berkeley professor is urging other scientists to speak out.

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Is Raising Shasta Dam the Best Bet for California’s Water Supply?

KQED Science | August 16, 2013 | 4 Comments

Is Raising Shasta Dam the Best Bet for California’s Water Supply?

Shasta Lake is the largest reservoir in California, and government officials are completing plans to make it even larger by raising the height of the dam. But the expansion has sparked intense debates among local residents, Central Valley farmers, environmentalists, tribal groups and developers.

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California’s Redwoods May be Benefiting From Climate Change

KQED Science | August 14, 2013 | 4 Comments

California’s Redwoods May be Benefiting From Climate Change

The world's biggest trees are experiencing a growth spurt, and scientists think climate change may be playing a part in it.

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Valero Rail Project Fuels Tar Sands Speculation in Bay Area

KQED Science | August 9, 2013 | 2 Comments

Valero Rail Project Fuels Tar Sands Speculation in Bay Area

Valero wants to start using trains to bring crude oil to its Bay Area refinery. But the project is raising concerns about congestion, safety and air pollution in the East Bay city of Benicia – and the connection it may have to Canada’s controversial tar sands.

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Sobering New Climate Report for California

KQED Science | August 8, 2013 | 4 Comments

Sobering New Climate Report for California

A comprehensive new climate scorecard paints a stark picture of the Golden State -- with a few silver linings.

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Climate Warming 10 Times Faster Than Historic Rate

KQED Science | August 1, 2013 | 4 Comments

Climate Warming 10 Times Faster Than Historic Rate

A new report by Stanford University scientists finds that the earth is warming much faster than thought. What might be even more surprising is the speed of the change.

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Poll: Strongest Support Yet for Climate Action in California

KQED Science | July 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

Poll: Strongest Support Yet for Climate Action in California

Californians continue to favor strong, immediate action on climate, but not at any cost. And most of us still drive to work solo.

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How the Bay’s Natural Buffers Can Help Defend Us From Sea Level Rise

KQED Science | July 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

How the Bay’s Natural Buffers Can Help Defend Us From Sea Level Rise

When it comes to protecting people and property from rising sea levels and catastrophic storms, it turns out that Mother Nature can often provide a better solution than an expensive engineering project.

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California Simmers as Heat Wave Settles In

KQED Science | July 2, 2013 | 0 Comments

California Simmers as Heat Wave Settles In

Temperatures in parts of the Bay Area topped a hundred degrees Monday, with more hot weather expected this week. The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning for Northern California effective through July 4th.

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What Australia’s “Angry Summer” May Indicate About California’s Future Climate

KQED Science | June 27, 2013 | 4 Comments

What Australia’s “Angry Summer” May Indicate About California’s Future Climate

The record-breaking Australian summer of 2012–13 could not have happened without the human disturbances—greenhouse gases, aerosols and ozone—that underlie global warming. Australia’s experience may provide a clue about the future for dry continental areas like our own American West.

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California Official Welcomes Obama’s Climate Program

KQED Science | June 25, 2013 | 1 Comment

California Official Welcomes Obama’s Climate Program

President Obama is introducing a plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and support more renewable energy development.

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Opening the Gene Box of a Key Ocean Species

KQED Science | June 13, 2013 | 2 Comments

Opening the Gene Box of a Key Ocean Species

The genome of the one-celled alga Emiliania huxleyi, the most important species you've never heard of, is now open for business.

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Eucalyptus: California Icon, Fire Hazard and Invasive Species

KQED Science | June 12, 2013 | 42 Comments

Eucalyptus: California Icon, Fire Hazard and Invasive Species

After more than 150 years on the California landscape, eucalyptus trees have iconic status for some Californians. But the stately trees may not only disrupt the native ecology, but seem to have evolved special adaptations that allow them to thrive after intense fires.

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De-Extinction Debate: Should Extinct Species Be Revived?

KQED Science | June 5, 2013 | 4 Comments

De-Extinction Debate: Should Extinct Species Be Revived?

As conservation scientists struggle to stem the catastrophic loss of biodiversity, some synthetic biologists are working to bring extinct species back to life. Some believe it's the right thing to do to atone for driving species extinct. But many conservation biologists say it's far more important to save those still among us.

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Climate Change Could Decimate California’s Native Fish

KQED Science | May 31, 2013 | 1 Comment

Climate Change Could Decimate California’s Native Fish

A new study suggests climate change could drive nearly 100 native species either to extinction, or to very low numbers, by the end of the century.

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