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Does California Need More National Monuments?

KQED Science | February 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Does California Need More National Monuments?

Despite initial objections, most national monuments have withstood the test of time. We get some perspective from a leading authority on public lands law.

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State Proposes Rules to Protect Drinking Water From Fracking Waste

KQED Science | February 10, 2015 | 1 Comment

State Proposes Rules to Protect Drinking Water From Fracking Waste

Under pressure from a federal deadline and amid news reports that state regulators allowed oil companies to inject wastewater into aquifers clean enough to drink from, officials outlined plans for new safeguards.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/lowdown/2015/02/05/after-driest-january-on-record-how-low-are-californias-reservoirs-visualization/ target=_blank >After Driest January on Record, How Low Are California’s Reservoirs?</a>

The Lowdown | February 5, 2015

After Driest January on Record, How Low Are California’s Reservoirs?

Lake Oroville, Then and Now July 2011 (Paul Hames/CA DWR) August 2014 (Justin Sullivan/Getty) Despite some stormy December days and predictions in Northern California for a wet weekend ahead, the state is bracing ...Read More

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Great Bird Goo Mystery: Why It’s Not as Easy as ‘CSI’

KQED Science | February 5, 2015 | 5 Comments

Great Bird Goo Mystery: Why It’s Not as Easy as ‘CSI’

State scientists, federal agencies, and a lab in Britain are all trying to identify a mystery gunk that killed hundreds of sea birds in San Francisco Bay. It's been three weeks, and still no word on what the gunk is. KQED investigates why it's taking so long.

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Your Chance to Weigh In on the EPA’s New Smog Proposal

KQED Science | January 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

Your Chance to Weigh In on the EPA’s New Smog Proposal

Regulators say the stricter new standard could save lives and reduce hospitalizations. Critics say it would be costly and would kill jobs.

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California parks: New funding, better accountability needed to stop decline, new report says

KQED Science | January 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

California parks: New funding, better accountability needed to stop decline, new report says

Three years after California state parks were discovered to have mismanaged millions of dollars, a task force issued recommendations for how to manage and fund the state park system.

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Rescuing Seabirds from Mystery Goo in the Bay

KQED Science | January 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

Rescuing Seabirds from Mystery Goo in the Bay

Mystery goo in the San Francisco Bay has affected hundreds of sea birds along the East Bay shoreline. Sharol Nelson-Embry of the East Bay Regional Park District recounts their efforts to rescue these birds from this unidentified substance.

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Shrinking Sierra Snowpack Heightens Drought Worries

KQED Science | January 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

Shrinking Sierra Snowpack Heightens Drought Worries

'Frozen reservoir,' source of a third of California's water, is far below historical average.

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Scientists Still Trying to Identify Mystery Bird Goo

KQED Science | January 20, 2015 | 5 Comments

Scientists Still Trying to Identify Mystery Bird Goo

An unidentified substance has killed or injured hundreds of birds so far.

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Sick Sea Lions Wash Up on California Beaches

KQED Science | January 19, 2015 | 1 Comment

Sick Sea Lions Wash Up on California Beaches

The Marine Mammal Center treated record numbers of stranded sea lions last year, and the problem is expected to continue in 2015.

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It’s Official: 2014 Was The Hottest Year on Record, NOAA Says

KQED Science | January 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

It’s Official: 2014 Was The Hottest Year on Record, NOAA Says

The annually-averaged temperature was 1.24 degrees Fahrenheit over the 20th century average, and easily broke the records set in 2005 and 2010.

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10 Years After PBDE Ban, Bay Area Wildlife Shows Promising Signs of Recovery

KQED Science | January 16, 2015 | 2 Comments

10 Years After PBDE Ban, Bay Area Wildlife Shows Promising Signs of Recovery

A recent study from the San Francisco Estuary Institute shows that the Bay Area's status as a flame retardant (PBDE) "hot spot" has dramatically improved since the 2002 phaseout of the toxic chemicals.

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California Unveils Strictest Rules on Pesticide

KQED Science | January 14, 2015 | 3 Comments

California Unveils Strictest Rules on Pesticide

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation has introduced stricter regulations for chloropicrin, a pesticide which has had negative health effects on farm workers.

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EPA Plans Oil and Gas Methane Emission Cuts

KQED Science | January 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

EPA Plans Oil and Gas Methane Emission Cuts

To combat global warming, the EPA seeks to cut methane emissions from the oil and gas industry and will propose regulations later this year.

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Tiny Parasite Threatens Native Plants

KQED Science | January 12, 2015 | 6 Comments

Tiny Parasite Threatens Native Plants

A microscopic pathogen got into the roots of some native plants at a restoration project in Alameda County, despite massive efforts to prevent it. Now officials are hoping to stop this microbe before it spreads.

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New Soil Erosion Study May Help Sustainable Farming Practices

KQED Science | January 8, 2015 | 1 Comment

New Soil Erosion Study May Help Sustainable Farming Practices

A new way of measuring soil erosion in the geologically recent past, before modern civilization, may help put sustainable agriculture on a firmer footing.

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2014: California’s Warmest Year on Record

KQED Science | January 8, 2015 | 2 Comments

2014: California’s Warmest Year on Record

Drought conditions were compounded by high temps despite a "near-average" precipitation year.

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Hot, Unfriendly Skies Could Alter Flights

KQED Science | January 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

Hot, Unfriendly Skies Could Alter Flights

Transatlantic flights could encounter more turbulence in a warming world, which would affect millions of people.

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The Fantastic Fur of Sea Otters

KQED Science | January 6, 2015 | 1 Comment

The Fantastic Fur of Sea Otters

Sea otters aren’t just cute -- they’re a vivid example of life on the edge. Unlike whales and other ocean mammals, sea otters have no blubber. Yet they're still able to keep warm in the frigid Pacific waters. The secret to their survival? A fur coat like no other.

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Governor Unveils Ambitious New Climate Goals

KQED Science | January 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

Governor Unveils Ambitious New Climate Goals

During his inaugural speech on Monday, Gov. Jerry Brown focused heavily on energy efficiency calling for further cuts in consumption as a way to combat global warming.

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