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Chevron Tries Again With Richmond Refinery Revamp

KQED Science | April 14, 2014 | 2 Comments

Chevron Tries Again With Richmond Refinery Revamp

Chevron is looking to launch a billion-dollar construction project at its Richmond refinery. It’s a slimmed down version of a project that environmentalists stopped with a lawsuit a few years ago.

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California Farmers Look to Oil Industry for Water

KQED Science | April 7, 2014 | 6 Comments

California Farmers Look to Oil Industry for Water

As water supplies tighten for California farmers, some are looking to an unlikely new source: a water recycling project in one of the state's oldest oil fields.

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How Water and Oil Mix in California

KQED Science | March 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

How Water and Oil Mix in California

California is the third-largest oil producing state in the country. To produce oil, companies deal with massive amounts of water. They need it for hydraulic fracturing, and they produce a lot from underground.

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With Drought, New Scrutiny Over Fracking’s Water Use

KQED Science | March 31, 2014 | 5 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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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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Utility Regulators Approve Plan to Replace San Onofre Power

KQED Science | March 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Utility Regulators Approve Plan to Replace San Onofre Power

Plan relies on renewables -- and fossil fuels -- to fill gap created by shutdown of nuclear power plant.

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/video/highway-to-hydrogen-fuel-cell-vehicles/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=highway-to-hydrogen-fuel-cell-vehicles target=_blank >Highway to Hydrogen</a>

QUEST | March 11, 2014

Highway to Hydrogen

Auto makers have spent decades and billions of dollars to develop hydrogen fuel cell cars, but only a few hundred of them are on the nation's roads. Now new refueling stations are in development and new models have recently been unveiled.

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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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Bay Area Residents Resist Crude-by-Rail as Accidents Rise

KQED Science | February 17, 2014 | 3 Comments

Bay Area Residents Resist Crude-by-Rail as Accidents Rise

The East Bay city of Pittsburg is considering a new oil terminal to supply crude to Bay Area refineries, but some locals are concerned about the safety of the project.

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World’s Largest Solar Plant Opens

KQED Science | February 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

World’s Largest Solar Plant Opens

The Ivanpah solar farm, in California’s Mojave Desert about 40 miles south of Las Vegas, will produce enough electricity to power 140,000 homes per year.

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One Step Closer to Nuclear Fusion Reactions

KQED Science | February 12, 2014 | 2 Comments

One Step Closer to Nuclear Fusion Reactions

Physicists at Lawrence Livermore National Lab's National Ignition Facility said they've taken a significant step toward achieving nuclear fusion ignition.

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California Drought Could Take a Toll on Electricity Supply

KQED Science | February 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

California Drought Could Take a Toll on Electricity Supply

California's deepening drought could have an effect on the electricity supply. Hydropower usually accounts for about 14 percent of the state's power, but with low reservoir levels, officials are preparing for it to be less.

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Proposed Pittsburg Oil Project Draws Protest

KQED Science | January 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Proposed Pittsburg Oil Project Draws Protest

The East Bay city of Pittsburg is considering a new oil terminal, which would supply crude to Bay Area refineries. Some residents are hoping to stop the plan in its tracks.

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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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Ford Debuts Solar Hybrid

KQED Science | January 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

Ford Debuts Solar Hybrid

Ford Motor company is trying to be the first on the road with a solar powered car for everyday use. The company is unveiling its concept model at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week.

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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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49ers Tackle Sustainability With New Green Stadium

KQED Science | December 23, 2013 | 5 Comments

49ers Tackle Sustainability With New Green Stadium

49ers fans may miss the cold weather at Candlestick Park, but can look forward to solar panels, bicycle parking and grass watered with recycled water. Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara is being touted as the greenest stadium in the NFL.

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Our Top Science Stories from 2013

KQED Science | December 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

Our Top Science Stories from 2013

From the debut of the world's largest solar plant to Comet ISON, zombified bees to the physics of sailing — it's been another year of diverse storytelling from the KQED Science team. Here's a round-up of our top 10 stories (based on page views) that you've enjoyed in 2013.

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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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Mad About Mud: Debate Heats up Over Waste From Oil & Gas Wells

KQED Science | December 3, 2013 | 0 Comments

Mad About Mud: Debate Heats up Over Waste From Oil & Gas Wells

Drilling mud is the slick concoction used to cool and lubricate a drill bit, and it’s used for all kinds of wells, including oil and gas. Environmental groups are turning their attention to drilling mud, which is currently exempted from water monitoring.

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