Donate

RSSEnvironment

EPA Proposes New Rules to Curb Ozone Levels

KQED Science | November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

EPA Proposes New Rules to Curb Ozone Levels

The EPA says new rules to reduce emissions of smog-causing ozone will improve air quality and reduce pollution linked to asthma and other health problems. Critics say the reduction will cost jobs and hurt the manufacturing sector.

Continue Reading

<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/11/26/hot-showers-arent-a-luxury-in-california-drought target=_blank >Hot Showers a Blessing for Valley Town Suffering From Drought</a>

KQED News | November 26, 2014

Hot Showers a Blessing for Valley Town Suffering From Drought

Drought conditions in parts of Central California are now so harsh that it has become normal to turn on the tap and have no water coming out. In the rural town of East Porterville, more than 600 household wells went dry this summer. Tulare County is now providing showers for the town's residents.

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

AT&T Could Pay $50 Million for Illegal E-Waste Dumping

KQED Science | November 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

AT&T Could Pay $50 Million for Illegal E-Waste Dumping

Preliminary settlement agreement directs new funds to prosecute environmental and consumer crimes.

Continue Reading

<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/lowdown/2014/11/20/dry-times-two-comics-explaining-californias-drought/ target=_blank >Dry Times: Two Comics Explaining the Drought</a>

The Lowdown | November 20, 2014

Dry Times: Two Comics Explaining the Drought

What a historic dry period means for food exported from the country's biggest farm state and how California's scarce water supply is being divided.

Continue Reading

<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.

Continue Reading

Efforts to Restore Monarch Butterflies’ Milkweed Habitats May Be Doing More Harm Than Good

KQED Science | November 19, 2014 | 5 Comments

Efforts to Restore Monarch Butterflies’ Milkweed Habitats May Be Doing More Harm Than Good

Migratory monarch butterfly populations have fallen into a tailspin in recent years. Scientists fear that in a classic case of good intentions gone awry, efforts to help the beleaguered butterflies may be inadvertently making matters worse by changing their behavior.

Continue Reading

What Gall! The Crazy Cribs of Parasitic Wasps

KQED Science | November 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

What Gall! The Crazy Cribs of Parasitic Wasps

Plenty of animals build their homes in oak trees. But some very teeny, tricky wasps make the tree do all the work. “What nerve!” you might say. What… gall! And you’d be right. The wasps are called gall-inducers. And each miniature mansion that the trees build for the wasps' larvae is weirder and more flamboyant than the next.

Continue Reading

Scientists Suspect a Virus is Causing Sea Star Die-Off

KQED Science | November 17, 2014 | 1 Comment

Scientists Suspect a Virus is Causing Sea Star Die-Off

But the virus isn't new to sea stars, so what triggered the current outbreak remains a mystery.

Continue Reading

<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/11/17/california-drought-water-delivery-trucks/ target=_blank >Drought Brings Boom for Water Delivery Trucks</a>

KQED News | November 17, 2014

Drought Brings Boom for Water Delivery Trucks

They help Central Valley residents whose wells run low. For Eugene Keeney, it's a thriving business.

Continue Reading

<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/lowdown/2014/11/17/why-californias-drought-is-americas-problem/ target=_blank >Why California’s Drought is America’s Problem</a>

The Lowdown | November 17, 2014

Why California’s Drought is America’s Problem

Despite a few recent downpours, California remains stuck in one of the most severe statewide droughts on record. But it's far from just California's problem. The state produces a huge percentage of the nation's agriculture — nearly half of all fruits, vegetables and nuts, by some estimates.

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

Bay Area Votes in Favor of Open Space and ‘Smart’ Growth

KQED Science | November 5, 2014 | 1 Comment

Bay Area Votes in Favor of Open Space and ‘Smart’ Growth

A local environmental group is declaring victories for open space preservation and smart growth in the Bay Area.

Continue Reading

The Amazing Life of Sand

KQED Science | November 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Amazing Life of Sand

There’s a story in every grain of sand: tales of life and death, fire and water. If you scooped up a handful of sand from every beach, you'd have a history of the world sifting through your fingers. From mountain boulders to the shells of tiny ocean creatures, follow the journey that sand takes through thousands of years across entire continents to wind up stuck between your toes.

Continue Reading

Why California’s Largest Estuary No Longer Works for Wildlife

KQED Science | October 30, 2014 | 2 Comments

Why California’s Largest Estuary No Longer Works for Wildlife

Startling maps in a new report on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta show the dramatic loss of marshlands that once supported a vast array of wildlife.

Continue Reading

<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/video/on-gmo-labeling-oregon-and-colorado-learn-from-california-defeat/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=on-gmo-labeling-oregon-and-colorado-learn-from-california-defeat target=_blank >With GMO Labeling on the Ballot, Oregon and Colorado Learn From California Defeat</a>

QUEST | October 28, 2014

With GMO Labeling on the Ballot, Oregon and Colorado Learn From California Defeat

Voters in Oregon will head to the polls Nov. 4 to decide whether to require foods made with genetically engineered ingredients to be labeled. In doing so, they'll be voting on an initiative shaped in part by the experience of activists in California, who watched a similar measure fail ...Read More

Continue Reading

<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/10/16/listen-as-a-california-forest-grows-quiet-over-time/ target=_blank >Where Have All The Birds Gone? Listen As a California Forest Grows Quiet Over Time</a>

KQED News | October 20, 2014

Where Have All The Birds Gone? Listen As a California Forest Grows Quiet Over Time

Does the sound of the forest change over time? Bernie Krause knows. The point in the forest where Bernie Krause records each year View Larger Map The expert bio-acoustician has spent decades recording natural sounds all over the world, including one particular section of forest between Napa and Sonoma ...Read More

Continue Reading

<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

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. ...Read More

Continue Reading

<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/10/12/145218/american_intruder_lurks_in_scottish_streams_clawed_and_hungry?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >American Intruder Lurks In Scottish Streams, Clawed And Hungry</a>

KQED News | October 12, 2014

American Intruder Lurks In Scottish Streams, Clawed And Hungry

Forget Nessie: there's another insidious creature living in the waters of Scotland. The story starts in the streams and lakes of the northwestern United States, where North American signal crayfish are a familiar sight. Turn over a rock and you may well encounter one. But in Scottish streams and lochs, these creatures ...Read More

Continue Reading