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Stalled Clean Power Alternative to PG&E Looms Large in New S.F. Electricity Law

KQED Science | November 25, 2014 | 3 Comments

Stalled Clean Power Alternative to PG&E Looms Large in New S.F. Electricity Law

A city-run alternative to PG&E could rake in millions for San Francisco but faces opposition from the business sector.

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California Utilities and Solar Companies Battle Over Electricity Prices

KQED Science | November 24, 2014 | 15 Comments

California Utilities and Solar Companies Battle Over Electricity Prices

Solar companies in California have long been able to tell homeowners they can save a lot of money on power bills by going solar. Now PG&E is proposing a rate change the company says will be more fair for everyone. But solar companies say it’s simply an attack on their industry.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/11/19/water-board-weighs-phasing-out-diablo-canyons-cooling-system target=_blank >Water Board Weighs Phasing Out Diablo Canyon’s Cooling System</a>

KQED News | November 19, 2014

Water Board Weighs Phasing Out Diablo Canyon’s Cooling System

The power plant near San Luis Obispo pulls in 2.5 billion gallons of seawater every day, and then lets it out, 20 degrees warmer, back into the ocean. The system is known to cause marine damage, harming billions of fish larvae.

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U.S. and China Greenhouse Gas Deal: Landmark Move or More Hot Air?

KQED Science | November 12, 2014 | 1 Comment

U.S. and China Greenhouse Gas Deal: Landmark Move or More Hot Air?

President Obama sets ambitious goals for greenhouse gas reductions, but the deal faces political battles here and overseas.

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New California County Fracking Bans Likely to Face Challenges

KQED Science | November 5, 2014 | 1 Comment

New California County Fracking Bans Likely to Face Challenges

Passage of two out of three local measures may just set the stage for next battle.

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2014/10/29/should-fracking-be-banned/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=should-fracking-be-banned target=_blank >Should Fracking Be Banned?</a>

QUEST | October 29, 2014

Should Fracking Be Banned?

From KQED Education Do Now: On Tuesday, November 4, 2014 three counties in California will decide by ballot whether or not to ban hydraulic fracturing, otherwise known as “fracking.” It’s steeped in controversy, from the amount of water it uses to how and where that water--and added chemicals--are eventually disposed. Should fracking be banned? Why or why not?

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Activists Push for Public Review of Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant

KQED Science | October 29, 2014 | 1 Comment

Activists Push for Public Review of Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant

An environmental group claims there are unanswered questions about the seismic safety of the Central Coast plant.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/10/24/146330/wanted_wind_turbine_mechanic_must_be_daredevil_skilled_with?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Wanted: Wind Turbine Mechanic — Must Be Daredevil, Skilled With Hands</a>

KQED News | October 24, 2014

Wanted: Wind Turbine Mechanic — Must Be Daredevil, Skilled With Hands

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/10/14/145343/long_after_fracking_stops_the_noise_lives_on?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Long After Fracking Stops, The Noise Lives On</a>

KQED News | October 14, 2014

Long After Fracking Stops, The Noise Lives On

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/10/11/145167/despite_new_sources_europe_still_relies_on_russian_oil?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Despite New Sources, Europe Still Relies On Russian Oil</a>

KQED News | October 11, 2014

Despite New Sources, Europe Still Relies On Russian Oil

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With Drought, New Scrutiny Over Fracking’s Water Use

KQED Science | October 10, 2014 | 6 Comments

With Drought, New Scrutiny Over Fracking’s Water Use

The drought is putting a spotlight on water use around California, including for hydraulic fracturing. How much water does fracking use and will it increase as companies tap into the Monterey Shale, estimated to be the largest oil resource in country?

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Anti-Fracking Activists in California Take Fight to County Ballots

KQED Science | October 10, 2014 | 16 Comments

Anti-Fracking Activists in California Take Fight to County Ballots

Activists are hoping local residents will do what state legislators haven’t done -- shut down the controversial oil production technique known as hydraulic fracturing.

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/2014/09/25/are-consumers-or-corporations-responsible-for-reducing-carbon-emissions/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=are-consumers-or-corporations-responsible-for-reducing-carbon-emissions target=_blank >Are Consumers or Corporations Responsible for Reducing Carbon Emissions?</a>

QUEST | October 2, 2014

Are Consumers or Corporations Responsible for Reducing Carbon Emissions?

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/09/24/jerry-brown-on-carbons-dark-shadow-of-toxicity-at-climate-summit/ target=_blank >Jerry Brown on Carbon’s ‘Dark Shadow of Toxicity’ at Climate Summit</a>

KQED News | October 2, 2014

Jerry Brown on Carbon’s ‘Dark Shadow of Toxicity’ at Climate Summit

Gov. Jerry Brown (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images) Speaking at the U.N. Climate Summit in New York Tuesday, Gov. Jerry Brown said California is ahead of the pack when it comes to lowering greenhouse gases. At the U.N. Private Sector Forum, Brown cited laws requiring more alternative energy sources, more electric vehicles and better ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/education/2014/09/16/are-consumers-or-corporations-responsible-for-reducing-carbon-emissions/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=are-consumers-or-corporations-responsible-for-reducing-carbon-emissions target=_blank >Are Consumers or Corporations Responsible for Reducing Carbon Emissions?</a>

KQED Science | September 25, 2014

Are Consumers or Corporations Responsible for Reducing Carbon Emissions?

From KQED Education Do Now: Climate change has been on the minds of a lot of people with the release of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report and the third National Climate Assessment. Who is responsible for curtailing carbon emissions?

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Two New Studies Underline How Methane Matters to Global Carbon Cycle

KQED Science | September 25, 2014 | 1 Comment

Two New Studies Underline How Methane Matters to Global Carbon Cycle

Natural gas is often called a "bridge fuel" that will help ease us off of carbon-based energy. But a study suggests that without policies to push us toward renewables and away from fossil fuels, natural gas will still leave the sky as a waste dump.

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Oil Transport by Train Continues to Climb

KQED Science | August 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Oil Transport by Train Continues to Climb

Sixty-six percent more oil came into California by rail in the first half of this year, compared to the first half of last year.

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Richmond Approves Contentious Chevron Project

KQED Science | July 30, 2014 | 2 Comments

Richmond Approves Contentious Chevron Project

Richmond's city council has given the green light to a controversial refinery project. Chevron's $1 billion upgrade at its Richmond refinery will allow it to refine higher-sulfur crude oil.

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Feds Propose New Safety Rules for Oil Trains

KQED Science | July 23, 2014 | 1 Comment

Feds Propose New Safety Rules for Oil Trains

There have been several fiery oil train derailments in other parts of the country in the past year. The new rules include lower speed limits, better brakes and safer rail cars.

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Richmond Nearly Ready to Approve Chevron Refinery Project

KQED Science | July 23, 2014 | 1 Comment

Richmond Nearly Ready to Approve Chevron Refinery Project

The Richmond City Council is considering Chevron's plans for a $1 billion project at its refinery there. If it's approved, this is one of the last steps before construction on the project would actually begin.

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