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Soil Science May Be Important Key to Tackling Climate Change

KQED Science | April 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Soil Science May Be Important Key to Tackling Climate Change

Studying the important partnership between soil and plants may lead to some solutions for the ongoing problems arising from climate change. The East Bay Regional Park District's Sharol Nelson-Embry highlights a recent panel discussion in San Francisco with local soil scientists and author Kristin Ohlson on carbon sequestration.

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Cold, Then Dry: Dealing California Citrus Farmers a Double Punch

KQED Science | April 8, 2014 | 2 Comments

Cold, Then Dry: Dealing California Citrus Farmers a Double Punch

First the freeze, now a crippling water shortage confront citrus growers in the Central Valley.

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Sierra Snowpack: Better But Far From What’s Needed for Drought

KQED Science | April 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Sierra Snowpack: Better But Far From What’s Needed for Drought

A key indicator of California's water prospects is likely to peak out at about one-third of normal.

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IPCC: Climate Change Is Taking a Toll in California and It’s Going to Get Worse

KQED Science | April 1, 2014 | 1 Comment

IPCC: Climate Change Is Taking a Toll in California and It’s Going to Get Worse

The latest report from the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change focuses on impacts from climate change, both current and looming, and recommendations for how to adapt.

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Bay Area Cities and Environmentalists Respond to Crude-By-Rail Boom

KQED Science | March 28, 2014 | 1 Comment

Bay Area Cities and Environmentalists Respond to Crude-By-Rail Boom

More and more crude oil is being transported into California by rail lines, and questions about safety are prompting local governments and environmentalists to take action.

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Woolly Mammoth Fossils Raise Red Flags on the Road to Extinction

KQED Science | March 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Woolly Mammoth Fossils Raise Red Flags on the Road to Extinction

A surprising discovery in woolly mammoth fossils recovered from the North Sea off the coast of the Netherlands suggests that inbreeding and harsh conditions plagued the ice age giants near the end of their reign on Earth.

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How Corrosive Water off the West Coast Threatens the Food Chain

KQED Science | March 17, 2014 | 5 Comments

How Corrosive Water off the West Coast Threatens the Food Chain

Earlier this year, managers at a hatchery near Vancouver, Canada said they lost three years' worth of scallops -- 10 million animals -- to acidic waters. Ocean acidification is worse off the West Coast than anywhere else in North America.

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What We Know — And Don’t Know — About the Sea Star Die-Off

KQED Science | March 7, 2014 | 1 Comment

What We Know — And Don’t Know — About the Sea Star Die-Off

Starfish on the West Coast have been dying in startling numbers. Some observers have documented sea star bodies turning to mush, others described the creatures disintegrating. It's "sea star wasting disease," and scientists don't know what causes it.

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Seven Things to Know About the Sixth Mass Extinction

KQED Science | February 21, 2014 | 3 Comments

Seven Things to Know About the Sixth Mass Extinction

Elizabeth Kolbert’s book “The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History” centers around two premises: that humans are witnessing a very high rate of species extinction and that humans are causing much of it.

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Gas Tax Proposed for California Would Change Existing Climate Law

KQED Science | February 20, 2014 | 14 Comments

Gas Tax Proposed for California Would Change Existing Climate Law

State Senator Darrell Steinberg is proposing a carbon tax on gasoline that would put a price on the pollution that causes climate change. The plan would also dismantle a key piece of California's existing climate law.

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Why the Next Rainstorm Might Make a Bigger Dent in the Drought

KQED Science | February 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Why the Next Rainstorm Might Make a Bigger Dent in the Drought

Soils may be better primed for the next big downpour.

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Leaky Natural Gas Pipes Are a Bigger Problem Than Previously Thought

KQED Science | February 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Leaky Natural Gas Pipes Are a Bigger Problem Than Previously Thought

U.S. could make substantial reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by stopping methane leaks from natural gas pipelines, says a new Stanford study.

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Megadroughts: Four Points to Put California’s Dry Times in Perspective

KQED Science | February 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Megadroughts: Four Points to Put California’s Dry Times in Perspective

California has had its share of "megadroughts." This isn't one of them...yet.

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Sierra Snow Survey Offers Little Hope as Drought Lingers

KQED Science | January 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Sierra Snow Survey Offers Little Hope as Drought Lingers

And the clock is ticking toward April 1, when snow accumulation usually peaks.

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2014/01/30/elephants-and-tigers-beneath-our-feet-qa-with-soil-scientist-diana-wall/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=elephants-and-tigers-beneath-our-feet-qa-with-soil-scientist-diana-wall target=_blank >“Elephants and Tigers” Beneath Our Feet: Q&A with Soil Scientist Diana Wall</a>

QUEST | January 30, 2014

“Elephants and Tigers” Beneath Our Feet: Q&A with Soil Scientist Diana Wall

Find out how biodiversity below ground influences life above ground. ...Read More

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California Winemakers Brace for Drought Impacts

KQED Science | January 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

California Winemakers Brace for Drought Impacts

The silver lining: droughts can produce some very memorable wines -- just not as much of them.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/01/28/133203/entrepreneurs_looking_for_windfall_cash_in_on_climate_change?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Entrepreneurs Looking For 'Windfall' Cash In On Climate Change</a>

KQED News | January 28, 2014

Entrepreneurs Looking For 'Windfall' Cash In On Climate Change

A new book explores how melting ice yields new shipping channels, oil resources — and profits. ...Read More

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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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