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California Fire Season: Threat of Dry Lightning Looms

KQED Science | July 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

California Fire Season: Threat of Dry Lightning Looms

Weather experts say the next couple of weeks could be some of the worst in state history for wildfires caused by lightning strikes.

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California Has Little Say Over Oil Train Safety

KQED Science | July 21, 2014 | 2 Comments

California Has Little Say Over Oil Train Safety

The state can't set speed limits on trains. It can't tell railroads to choose less hazardous routes. It can't tell oil companies not to bring trains carrying volatile crude through cities.

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Anti-Fracking Activists in California Take Fight to County Ballots

KQED Science | July 14, 2014 | 12 Comments

Anti-Fracking Activists in California Take Fight to County Ballots

Activists are hoping local residents will do what state legislators haven’t done -- shut down the controversial oil production technique known as hydraulic fracturing.

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California’s New Fracking Regulations Delayed Half a Year

KQED Science | July 11, 2014 | 7 Comments

California’s New Fracking Regulations Delayed Half a Year

State lawmakers approved the delay in late June, and at the same time tightened up the environmental review process for fracking permits.

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Inspectors at Lake Tahoe Intercept Invasive Mussels

KQED Science | July 11, 2014 | 1 Comment

Inspectors at Lake Tahoe Intercept Invasive Mussels

Mandatory boat inspections stop invasive species from endangering Lake Tahoe’s pristine ecosystem.

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Drought Drives Hungry Bears to Lake Tahoe

KQED Science | July 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Drought Drives Hungry Bears to Lake Tahoe

Nevada wildlife officials say they're increasingly responding to a new kind of troublemaker they've started calling "drought" bears.

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State Officials Consider Mandatory Limits on Outdoor Watering

KQED Science | July 9, 2014 | 5 Comments

State Officials Consider Mandatory Limits on Outdoor Watering

Wasting water outdoors amid the state's drought will begin hitting Californians in the wallet under get-tough restrictions being proposed by state regulators.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/07/07/drakes-bay-oyster-company-kevin-lunny-fights-closure-order target=_blank >Government Pursues ‘Prompt Wind-Down’ of Drakes Bay Oyster Co.</a>

News Fix | July 7, 2014

Government Pursues ‘Prompt Wind-Down’ of Drakes Bay Oyster Co.

Drakes Bay Oyster Co. workers harvest strings of oysters on Schooner Bay near Point Reyes. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)Federal government lawyers are expected to discuss a plan for “the prompt and orderly wind-down” of Drakes Bay Oyster Co. operations at Point Reyes National Seashore — marking the possible end of a ...Read More

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How Efficient Is Your Sprinkler?

KQED Science | July 7, 2014 | 1 Comment

How Efficient Is Your Sprinkler?

Landscaping makes up half the water bill for most homeowners, and it’s often the most wasteful piece of the water picture.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/07/07/Berkeley-Struggling-To-Reach-Zero-Waste-Goal-by-2020/ target=_blank >Berkeley Struggling To Reach Zero Waste Goal by 2020</a>

News Fix | July 7, 2014

Berkeley Struggling To Reach Zero Waste Goal by 2020

Drew Jaffe, Berkeleyside Students at John Muir Elementary sort for composting and recycling, but more Berkeley residents need to recycle in order for the city to meet its 2020 zero waste goal. Photo: Green Schools Initiative A recent audit of several City of Berkeley departments has ...Read More

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New Way to Save Endangered Species: Make Predators Puke

KQED Science | July 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

New Way to Save Endangered Species: Make Predators Puke

Marbled murrelets are rare seabirds that lay just one egg a year, and those eggs are a favorite food item for another bird: Steller’s jays. Scientists are hoping to trick the jays into avoiding the murrelet eggs using decoy eggs with a rude surprise inside.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/07/03/-san-francisco-city-attorney-sewer-payment-case/ target=_blank >S.F. Lawyer Claims She Was Fired for Investigating Suspected Payment Scam</a>

News Fix | July 3, 2014

S.F. Lawyer Claims She Was Fired for Investigating Suspected Payment Scam

By Lance Williams, The Center for Investigative Reporting Former San Francisco Chief Trial Deputy Joanne Hoeper (Courtesy of Joanne Hoeper) San Francisco city officials steered millions in public funds to a handful of plumbing companies for unneeded repairs of private sewer lines, a former top lawyer in the city attorney's office ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/07/02/california-drought-water-sales/ target=_blank >As California Drought Deepens, Those With Water Can Sell at a High Price</a>

News Fix | July 2, 2014

As California Drought Deepens, Those With Water Can Sell at a High Price

By Garance Burke Associated Press Folsom Lake, east of Sacramento, pictured in January as it reached its winter low. (Dan Brekke/KQED) Throughout California's desperately dry Central Valley, those with water to spare are cashing in. As a third drought year forces farmers to fallow fields and lay off workers, two water districts ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/science/audio/some-california-farmers-fallow-fields-others-sell-water-for-big-profits/ target=_blank >As Water Prices Soar, Some Profit From California’s Drought</a>

KQED Science | July 1, 2014

As Water Prices Soar, Some Profit From California’s Drought

Fights are breaking out over controversial water sales. Some farmers say they need the water to keep trees alive, while others say groundwater pumping depletes supplies for neighboring farms, and could threaten California's already-stressed aquifers. …read more Source: <a target=_blank title="As Water Prices Soar, Some Profit From California's Drought" ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/science/2014/06/13/interactive-map-how-sea-level-rise-could-swamp-coastal-communities/ target=_blank >Interactive Map: How Sea Level Rise Could Swamp Coastal Communities</a>

KQED Science | July 1, 2014

Interactive Map: How Sea Level Rise Could Swamp Coastal Communities

Rising seas will likely lead to unprecedented flooding along parts of California's coast within 20-60 years, according to a new report. …read more Source: Science News ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/science/audio/california-drought-dries-up-honey-supply/ target=_blank >California Drought Dries Up Honey Supply</a>

KQED Science | July 1, 2014

California Drought Dries Up Honey Supply

With mountain wildflowers lying dormant, beekeepers are looking at drastically reduced production and in some cases are just trying to keep their bees alive. …read more Source: Science News ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/lowdown/2013/12/13/food-waste target=_blank >Rot and Rubbish: The Rancid Truth About How Much Food We Waste</a>

The Lowdown | July 1, 2014

Rot and Rubbish: The Rancid Truth About How Much Food We Waste

Food. It's almost as if we like wasting it as much as we enjoy eating it. About a third of all food in the world that's produced for human consumption (roughly 1.2 billion tons) is lost or wasted, based on United Nations' estimates — even as millions still suffer ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/science/2014/06/27/why-poachers-are-raiding-the-redwoods-in-humboldt-county/ target=_blank >Why Poachers Are Raiding the Redwoods in Humboldt County</a>

KQED Science | July 1, 2014

Why Poachers Are Raiding the Redwoods in Humboldt County

Poachers have chopped the burl from the base of this redwood. (Sally Schilling/KQED) California is home to the tallest trees in the world: coast redwoods. To forest visitors, staring up at the towering canopy of a 300-foot-tall old-growth redwood can feel surreal. “For a lot of people, this is an almost religious ...Read More

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Water Snakes Invading California Threaten Native Species

KQED Science | June 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Water Snakes Invading California Threaten Native Species

Biologists at UC Davis are growing concerned about the presence of non-native aquatic snakes in California’s waterways.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/06/30/supreme-court-rejects-drakes-bay-oyster-company-appeal/ target=_blank >High Court Won’t Hear Drakes Bay Oyster Co.’s Appeal of Shutdown Order</a>

News Fix | June 30, 2014

High Court Won’t Hear Drakes Bay Oyster Co.’s Appeal of Shutdown Order

Point Reyes oyster farm owner says he's contemplating legal options after justices refuse to hear case. ...Read More

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