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Bay Area Wetlands Slowly Drowning as Seas Rise

KQED Science | May 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

Bay Area Wetlands Slowly Drowning as Seas Rise

Rising seas could claim nearly all of San Francisco Bay's remaining wetlands, threatening key infrastructure and protected species.

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2013/05/28/debate-over-on-climate-change-says-chief-un-climate-negotiator/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=debate-over-on-climate-change-says-chief-un-climate-negotiator target=_blank >Debate Over on Climate Change, Says Chief UN Climate Negotiator</a>

QUEST | May 28, 2013

Debate Over on Climate Change, Says Chief UN Climate Negotiator

A United Nations expert recalls the exact moment she first witnessed the impact of climate change–and sees a concerted global effort as the only way to turn down the heat. »

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California’s Vanishing Glaciers: A Defining Moment

KQED Science | May 27, 2013

California’s Vanishing Glaciers: A Defining Moment

The Lyell and Maclure glaciers in Yosemite – like glaciers and ice sheets worldwide – are in rapid state of retreat. The Lyell and Maclure were presumed to be “true” glaciers – that is, thick slabs of ice dragged downhill under their own weight, scouring the land as they move – but scientists are discovering that the Maclure is deteriorating as it moves, and the Lyell is no longer moving at all.

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A Summer Communing With California’s Glaciers

KQED Science | May 24, 2013 | 3 Comments

A Summer Communing With California’s Glaciers

Earlier this year, geologists in Yosemite Park came to the sad conclusion that one of California's iconic glaciers, the Lyell, had ground to a halt, having lost too much mass to sustain its downward movement. Knowing that California's approximately 130 glaciers will not be around forever, Tim Palmer spent a summer on a personal quest to climb and photograph as many of these frozen giants as he could manage.

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2013/05/23/fish-flight-recorders-aid-in-sustainability-efforts/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=fish-flight-recorders-aid-in-sustainability-efforts target=_blank >Fish Earbones Provide a Rare Glimpse into the Past and Future of Fisheries</a>

QUEST | May 23, 2013

Fish Earbones Provide a Rare Glimpse into the Past and Future of Fisheries

Archiving artifacts from the sea, a natural history museum preserves precious data for scientists. »

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California Scientists Sign Consensus: ‘Don’t Ignore Climate Change’

KQED Science | May 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

California Scientists Sign Consensus: ‘Don’t Ignore Climate Change’

More than 500 scientists from around world signed a joint statement drafted by California scientists in the hope of sending a unified message about the changing climate.

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<a href=http://www.californiareport.org/archive/R201305220850/b target=_blank >Riverside County Cuts Solar Fees; Others May Follow</a>

The California Report | May 22, 2013

Riverside County Cuts Solar Fees; Others May Follow

Solar panels have sprouted up all over the sunny spots of California, but for industrial scale projects, there's no beating desert country -- if the price is right. Developers are cheering a decision by Riverside County officials on Tuesday to slash fees on new projects. Riverside could set a new standard for how local communities do business with big solar. »

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2013/05/14/enviros-livid-as-brown-diverts-cap-and-trade-funds/ target=_blank >Enviros Livid as Brown Diverts Cap-and-Trade Funds</a>

News Fix | May 15, 2013

Enviros Livid as Brown Diverts Cap-and-Trade Funds

Cash rolling in from sales of carbon pollution permits to industry will amount to something on the order of $500 million in this first year of the program. Brown says the carbon-cutting programs the money is supposed to go to aren't ready for prime time, and in the meantime the funds can help balance the state budget.

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2013/05/13/scientist-superheroes-the-us-governments-crisis-science-team/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=scientist-superheroes-the-us-governments-crisis-science-team target=_blank >Scientist Superheroes; The US Government's Crisis Science Team</a>

QUEST | May 13, 2013

Scientist Superheroes; The US Government's Crisis Science Team

If your town were suddenly struck by an earthquake or hurricane, you could count on the arrival of police, firefighters, and medical technicians to aid in the emergency response. As of this past January, the US government has added a new team of responders to this list—scientists. The Strategic Sciences ...

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‘Dangerous Territory’: Carbon Dioxide Levels Reach Milestone

KQED Science | May 10, 2013 | 1 Comment

‘Dangerous Territory’: Carbon Dioxide Levels Reach Milestone

The amount of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere has reached 440 parts per million. It's the first time it's reached that number since scientists began tracking it. Actually, it's the first time it's reached that number in millions of years.

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Airborne Lasers Yield Better Measure of California’s Water Supply

KQED Science | May 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

Airborne Lasers Yield Better Measure of California’s Water Supply

Snow runoff from the Sierra Nevada provides about a third of the state's water supply. Current estimates of how much water is in the mountains combine patchy measurements with a kind of sophisticated guesswork. But that may be about to change with new technology that's currently being tested.

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2013/04/26/grappling-with-rising-tides/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=grappling-with-rising-tides target=_blank >Grappling with Rising Tides</a>

QUEST | April 26, 2013

Grappling with Rising Tides

Last December, the King Tides brought high water very close to the top of a containment wall along the shore in Alameda. Photo courtesy of East Bay Regional Park District. Strolling along the Bay Trail at Crown Memorial State ...

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/audio/aboard-the-tugnacious-with-dr-doom/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=aboard-the-tugnacious-with-dr-doom target=_blank >Aboard the Tugnacious With Dr. Doom</a>

QUEST | March 2, 2013

Aboard the Tugnacious With Dr. Doom

Catch up with Jeffrey Mount, the scientist dubbed “Dr. Doom” for his dire pronouncements about the Delta, aboard his 27-foot cruiser, “Tugnacious."

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2013/02/17/thousands-march-to-curb-climate-change/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=thousands-march-to-curb-climate-change target=_blank >Thousands March To Curb Climate Change</a>

QUEST | February 18, 2013

Thousands March To Curb Climate Change

S.F. Climate Rally. Photo: Sean Greene Thousands rallied in San Francisco on Sunday urging President Obama to take action on climate change. They demanded the president reject a controversial oil pipeline that would carry tar sands oil from Canada to Texas. Holding signs that read, ...

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/audio/sierra-club-director-time-to-take-climate-action-to-the-streets/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sierra-club-director-time-to-take-climate-action-to-the-streets target=_blank >Sierra Club Director: Time to Take Climate Action to the Streets</a>

QUEST | February 15, 2013

Sierra Club Director: Time to Take Climate Action to the Streets

Julian Bond and Michael Brune protest against Keystone XL Pipeline at Lafayette Park on Feb 13, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Leigh Vogel/Getty Images) In the week leading up to Presidents' Day, Michael Brune, the national executive director of the Sierra Club, found ...

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/audio/san-francisco-a-test-case-for-coping-with-rising-seas/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=san-francisco-a-test-case-for-coping-with-rising-seas target=_blank >San Francisco a Test Case for Coping with Rising Seas</a>

QUEST | February 1, 2013

San Francisco a Test Case for Coping with Rising Seas

San Francisco pushed the shoreline of Ocean Beach up to 200 feet out into the ocean in some places. (Photo: Nicholas Christen/KQED) Parts of New York and New Jersey are still reeling from Superstorm Sandy, an event that brought climate change and the threat of ...

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/audio/who-gets-the-cash-for-energy-upgrades-from-prop-39/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=who-gets-the-cash-for-energy-upgrades-from-prop-39 target=_blank >Who Gets the Cash for Energy Upgrades from Prop 39?</a>

QUEST | January 26, 2013

Who Gets the Cash for Energy Upgrades from Prop 39?

Green Engineering Academy students with the engineering teacher. (from left to right) Priya Sri-Tharan, County engineer Puck Ananta, Areli Hernandez, Laila Hassen and Natasha Moore. (Photo: Rachel Dornhelm/KQED) President Obama raised eyebrows earlier this month by elevating climate change to a top national priority in ...

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/audio/climate-threat-to-dams-overlooked-by-regulators/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=climate-threat-to-dams-overlooked-by-regulators target=_blank >Climate Threat to Dams Overlooked by Regulators</a>

QUEST | January 12, 2013

Climate Threat to Dams Overlooked by Regulators

New Bullards Bar Dam in Yuba County is the fifth-highest dam in the United States. (Photo: Molly Samuel/KQED) There are more than 130 hydropower projects in California. They take advantage of steep terrain and gushing mountain rivers to churn out about fourteen percent ...

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/audio/scientists-more-outspoken-on-exteme-weather-climate-links/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=scientists-more-outspoken-on-exteme-weather-climate-links target=_blank >Scientists More Outspoken on Exteme Weather-Climate Links</a>

QUEST | December 21, 2012

Scientists More Outspoken on Exteme Weather-Climate Links

Heavy rains put several Northern California towns on flood watch at the end of November. (Photo: Craig Miller) Recent extreme weather events, from the Midwestern drought to Hurricane Sandy, have people paying attention to climate change. Post-Sandy polls have shown a ...

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/audio/growing-pains-for-californias-electric-car-charging-network/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=growing-pains-for-californias-electric-car-charging-network target=_blank >Growing Pains for California's Electric Car Charging Network</a>

QUEST | November 30, 2012

Growing Pains for California's Electric Car Charging Network

Bishop Ranch, San Ramon Fast Charger Imagine pulling up to a gas station and finding out that the pumps aren’t working or that you have to be a subscriber to fill up.  Those are just a couple of the challenges that drivers of electric cars ...

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