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Storms a Boon for Rainwater Harvesters

KQED Science | December 17, 2014 | 8 Comments

Storms a Boon for Rainwater Harvesters

More Northern California residents are harnessing winter storms and cashing in on local rebate programs for rainwater harvesting.

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Northern California Ski Slopes Reopen After Storm

KQED Science | December 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Northern California Ski Slopes Reopen After Storm

Bay Area Storm Brings Fresh Snow and Ski-Worthy Conditions to the Sierra Nevada

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‘Pineapple Express’ Soaks Bay Area

KQED Science | December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

‘Pineapple Express’ Soaks Bay Area

The precipitation flooding many parts of the Bay Area is part of a low pressure system that is both common and uncommon during California's winter months.

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How California’s Water Rights Make It Tough to Manage Drought

KQED Science | December 8, 2014 | 12 Comments

How California’s Water Rights Make It Tough to Manage Drought

Here’s the thing: Water rights in California are based on who got there first. It’s as if you had to line up with all your coworkers to get a cup of coffee at work, and maybe the pot’s empty when the new guy gets to the front. Some are asking, in a drought like the one we’ve been having, is that really fair?

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Study: California Drought Most Severe Dry Spell in at least 1,200 Years

KQED Science | December 4, 2014 | 2 Comments

Study: California Drought Most Severe Dry Spell in at least 1,200 Years

Low precipitation and record high temperatures combine to set startling record.

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New Residential Water Use Numbers Indicate Conservation Backslide

KQED Science | December 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

New Residential Water Use Numbers Indicate Conservation Backslide

The year-over-year water-saving rate slid by more than a third in October, worrying officials calling on residents to reduce water usage during record drought.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/12/02/call-for-suspension-of-crude-by-rail-shipments-feather-river-derailment target=_blank >Call for Suspension of Crude-by-Rail Shipments After Feather River Derailment</a>

KQED News | December 2, 2014

Call for Suspension of Crude-by-Rail Shipments After Feather River Derailment

Sen. Jerry Hill wants action after state 'dodged a bullet' when train derailed along key waterway.

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The Hidden Perils of Permafrost

KQED Science | December 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Hidden Perils of Permafrost

For thousands of years, mysterious bacteria have remained dormant in the Arctic permafrost. Now, a warming climate threatens to bring them back to life. What does that mean for the rest of us?

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/11/28/San-Francisco-Bay-Area-Rain target=_blank >Bay Area Storm Update: Yes, We Just Got Soaked</a>

KQED News | December 1, 2014

Bay Area Storm Update: Yes, We Just Got Soaked

The rainy weekend is over and the sun has returned. Next up: a wetter and windier storm that should arrive the Bay Area Tuesday morning.

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California Drought Boosts ‘Cash for Grass’ Programs

KQED Science | December 1, 2014 | 5 Comments

California Drought Boosts ‘Cash for Grass’ Programs

California homeowners are replacing Kentucky bluegrass with native species and other water-friendly options to try and cut back on outdoor watering. Depending on what replacement residents choose, water districts may offer a cash reward for tearing out that thirsty lawn.

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EPA Proposes New Rules to Curb Ozone Levels

KQED Science | November 26, 2014 | 1 Comment

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.

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<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.

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California Utilities and Solar Companies Battle Over Electricity Prices

KQED Science | November 24, 2014 | 16 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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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.

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<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.

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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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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.

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What Gall! The Crazy Cribs of Parasitic Wasps

KQED Science | November 18, 2014 | 1 Comment

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.

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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.

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<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.

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