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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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Rolling Out a ‘Clean Diesel’ Locomotive

KQED Science | November 22, 2013 | 1 Comment

Rolling Out a ‘Clean Diesel’ Locomotive

"Clean diesel" cars are now common on the highways. A new locomotive now takes that concept to the rails--with a few other bells and whistles.

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What California’s New Fracking Rules Would Do (And Not Do)

KQED Science | November 15, 2013 | 6 Comments

What California’s New Fracking Rules Would Do (And Not Do)

The debate over hydraulic fracturing in California is heating up as oil and gas regulators release draft rules for the controversial oil extraction technique.

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Silicon Valley in Race for Battery Breakthrough

KQED Science | November 1, 2013 | 4 Comments

Silicon Valley in Race for Battery Breakthrough

The global battery race is on and the Bay Area is in it to win.

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Climate Pact: West Coast States, BC Vow to Step up Attack on Warming

KQED Science | October 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

Climate Pact: West Coast States, BC Vow to Step up Attack on Warming

California Governor Jerry Brown promises, "this will spread," as three states and one province agree on climate goals -- but no mechanism to enforce them.

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California Joins Eight-State Roadmap To More Electric Cars

KQED Science | October 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

California Joins Eight-State Roadmap To More Electric Cars

The eight states that account for about a quarter of the U.S. car market band together to get more electric cars and other "ZEVs" on the road.

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New State Laws on Fracking and Toxics: A Mixed Bag for Environmentalists

KQED Science | October 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

New State Laws on Fracking and Toxics: A Mixed Bag for Environmentalists

Now that California's legislative session is now over, here's a roundup of the environmental bills that passed -- and a review of some big ones that didn't.

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Can Renewable Energy Reduce California’s Fire Risk?

KQED Science | September 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

Can Renewable Energy Reduce California’s Fire Risk?

The Rim Fire is calling attention to a big problem: California’s forests are overloaded with fuel after a century of putting out fires. There’s a new push to use that fuel to make renewable energy, but it's sparked a heated debate.

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

KQED Science | August 16, 2013 | 7 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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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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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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Does Your Range Hood Suck? Cooking Spikes Indoor Air Pollution

KQED Science | July 26, 2013 | 9 Comments

Does Your Range Hood Suck? Cooking Spikes Indoor Air Pollution

When you're cooking dinner, the air inside your kitchen can sometimes be just as harmful as smog. Range hoods are designed to capture cooking fumes, but even some expensive models aren’t very effective. Researchers are trying to fix that.

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Is Shale A More Realistic Candidate for Nuclear Waste Sites?

KQED Science | July 25, 2013 | 1 Comment

Is Shale A More Realistic Candidate for Nuclear Waste Sites?

Spent reactor fuel and other high-level radioactive wastes may be better off in soft rocks than hard ones.

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As World’s Largest Solar Thermal Plant Opens, California Looks to End Solar Wars

KQED Science | July 12, 2013 | 41 Comments

As World’s Largest Solar Thermal Plant Opens, California Looks to End Solar Wars

After controversy over a threatened species delayed several large solar projects, state officials are trying to broker an agreement between conservation groups and solar companies on a path forward for renewable energy.

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Controversial Solar Farm One Step Closer to Construction

KQED Science | June 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

Controversial Solar Farm One Step Closer to Construction

The Panoche Valley Solar Farm cleared a hurdle this week. Environmental groups sued to stop the solar project, located near Hollister, but the suit was rejected.

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