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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 | 5 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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An Environmental Catch-22: Fire Safety Chemicals in Insulation Pose Risks

KQED Science | June 26, 2013 | 8 Comments

An Environmental Catch-22: Fire Safety Chemicals in Insulation Pose Risks

Mounting research questions the safety and effectiveness of flame retardants used in consumer products. The chemicals are also used in the foam plastic insulation that improves energy efficiency in buildings. But a measure that just passed a Senate committee this week could pave the way for fire-safe, energy-efficient buildings without causing harm.

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California Official Welcomes Obama’s Climate Program

KQED Science | June 25, 2013 | 1 Comment

California Official Welcomes Obama’s Climate Program

President Obama is introducing a plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and support more renewable energy development.

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Southern California Nuclear Plant to Shut Down for Good

KQED Science | June 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

Southern California Nuclear Plant to Shut Down for Good

The San Onofre nuclear plant has not operated since January 2012, when a radioactive leak was discovered in one of its generators. The permanent closure could put pressure on California's electrical grid in the long-term. The California Independent System Operator, which manages the grid, does not expect statewide problems with power supply this summer.

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The Biggest Battery You Haven’t Seen

KQED Science | May 24, 2013 | 4 Comments

The Biggest Battery You Haven’t Seen

This week, PG&E unveiled California’s largest battery project, now storing electrons in San Jose. The project is a pilot for energy storage technology, as electric utilities look for ways to balance increasing amounts of solar and wind energy on the grid.

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