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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/09/09/142788/more_than_half_of_us_bird_species_threatened_by_climate_change?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >More Than Half of U.S. Bird Species Threatened by Climate Change</a>

KQED News | September 9, 2014

More Than Half of U.S. Bird Species Threatened by Climate Change

People in Maryland love their Baltimore orioles — so much so that their major league baseball team bears the name of the migrating bird. Yet, by 2080, there may not be any orioles left in Maryland. They migrate each year and, according to a new report, could soon be forced ...Read More

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How to Drive Home the Drought Message: Make It a Game

KQED Science | September 8, 2014 | 1 Comment

How to Drive Home the Drought Message: Make It a Game

As the drought continues, efforts to spur action include an online game that puts users in charge of California's water supply.

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California Aquaculture Companies Explore Sustainable Fish Farming

KQED Science | September 8, 2014 | 2 Comments

California Aquaculture Companies Explore Sustainable Fish Farming

Most of the farm-produced seafood consumed in this country is imported, much of it from Asia, and that has raised concerns about environmental and public health regulation at overseas fish farms. Now some California aquaculture businesses are pitching environmentally friendly ways to bring more business here.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/09/08/yosemite-national-park-fire-half-dome-helicopter-evacuations target=_blank >Yosemite Fire Flares Up, Forces Helicopter Evacuations</a>

KQED News | September 8, 2014

Yosemite Fire Flares Up, Forces Helicopter Evacuations

Associated Press A smoke plume from the Meadow Fire in Yosemite National Park prompted helicopter evacuations of about 100 hikers near iconic Half Dome. (Yosemite National Park via Twitter) A wildfire burning for weeks in the Yosemite National Park backcountry grew unexpectedly on Sunday, forcing the helicopter evacuation of about 100 park ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/lowdown/2014/09/04/burned-out-why-wildfires-in-the-west-have-gotten-so-much-worse-comic/ target=_blank >Burned Out: Why Wildfires in the West Have Gotten So Much Worse </a>

The Lowdown | September 4, 2014

Burned Out: Why Wildfires in the West Have Gotten So Much Worse

The 2014 fire season was predicted to be a doozy, and so far it hasn't failed to disappoint. Prolonged drought conditions throughout the West, felt particularly hard across the Golden State, have resulted in a string of large, destructive and extremely costly blazes, charring huge swaths of forest in Northern ...Read More

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Why You Might Want to Wait Until January to Buy a New Sofa

KQED Science | September 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Why You Might Want to Wait Until January to Buy a New Sofa

Two new California laws aim to keep flame-retardant chemicals out of furniture. But how can consumers know for sure?

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West Coast Fish Upgraded to Sustainable Seafood Choice

KQED Science | September 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

West Coast Fish Upgraded to Sustainable Seafood Choice

One of the key fisheries on the West Coast is coming back after years of decline.

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Landmark Groundwater Reform Headed to Governor’s Desk

KQED Science | August 29, 2014 | 2 Comments

Landmark Groundwater Reform Headed to Governor’s Desk

The era of unlimited groundwater pumping in California could be ending. A package of bills would require local agencies to restore over-pumped aquifers.

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Feds Will Allow Logging in Some Areas Burned by Rim Fire

KQED Science | August 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Feds Will Allow Logging in Some Areas Burned by Rim Fire

A U.S. Forest Service decision will allow loggers to remove dead trees from 52 square miles of forests blackened last year in a massive central California wildfire, a move contested by environmentalists.

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After Record-Breaking Rim Fire, Log Trees or Leave Them?

KQED Science | August 26, 2014 | 2 Comments

After Record-Breaking Rim Fire, Log Trees or Leave Them?

Later this week, the U.S. Forest Service will release plans to allow logging companies to harvest some of the dead trees. Some environmental groups say it would destroy important wildlife habitat.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/lowdown/2014/08/25/interactive-earthquake-map-get-to-know-your-neighborhood-fault-lines/ target=_blank >Interactive Earthquake Map: Get to Know Your Neighborhood Fault Lines</a>

The Lowdown | August 25, 2014

Interactive Earthquake Map: Get to Know Your Neighborhood Fault Lines

Source: USGS A 6.0 magnitude earthquake that rattled Napa and surrounding communities early Sunday morning was the largest to hit the Bay Area since the devastating 6.9 Loma Prieta quake in 1989. The South Napa Earthquake, as it's being called, struck at 3:20 a.m., causing significant damage and injuries ...Read More

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San Francisco Wants to Know: Is Your Living Room Window Killing Migratory Birds?

KQED Science | August 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

San Francisco Wants to Know: Is Your Living Room Window Killing Migratory Birds?

Between 100 million and one billion birds die each year from colliding with glass windows of commercial or residential buildings. San Francisco is launching a program to track the damage caused by windows in homes.

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A Year After Rim Fire, Debate Sparks Over Replanting Trees

KQED Science | August 18, 2014 | 1 Comment

A Year After Rim Fire, Debate Sparks Over Replanting Trees

Reforestation is common after large fires in the West, but some scientists say it’s time to rethink how forests are replanted.

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Gardening in the Drought: What Makes a Plant ‘Drought-Tolerant’

KQED Science | August 15, 2014 | 1 Comment

Gardening in the Drought: What Makes a Plant ‘Drought-Tolerant’

Plants have evolved all sorts of ways to survive the dry times in California.

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Parks Attract Affluent Homeowners to Earthquake Fault Zones Despite Risks

KQED Science | August 14, 2014 | 1 Comment

Parks Attract Affluent Homeowners to Earthquake Fault Zones Despite Risks

The Alquist-Priolo law keeps new homes away from active earthquake faults. But a study finds that the resulting 'fault zone parks' attract wealthy residents despite the seismic hazard.

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California Isn’t Just Dry — It’s Hot

KQED Science | August 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

California Isn’t Just Dry — It’s Hot

California's average temperature for January through July was the highest on record.

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Been to Martins Beach? The California Coastal Commission Wants to Hear From You

KQED Science | August 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Been to Martins Beach? The California Coastal Commission Wants to Hear From You

The popular San Mateo County beach was open to the public for almost a century. Then in 2008, a Silicon Valley billionaire bought the property and closed the only road leading to the beach.

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There’s a New Bird Species in California, Sort Of

KQED Science | August 4, 2014 | 3 Comments

There’s a New Bird Species in California, Sort Of

When is a clapper rail not a clapper rail? Answer: when it's in California, as it turns out.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/lowdown/2014/08/04/making-sense-of-san-franciscos-bone-chilling-summertime-fog/ target=_blank >The Chilling Effect: Why San Francisco Gets So Foggy in the Summer</a>

The Lowdown | August 4, 2014

The Chilling Effect: Why San Francisco Gets So Foggy in the Summer

Note: This post was originally published on May 20, 2014 “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.” Mark Twain may never have actually said it himself, but that doesn't make the statement any less true. As any naive tourist shivering miserably in a tank top and Bermuda ...Read More

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Retail Operations Close at Drakes Bay Oyster Company

KQED Science | July 31, 2014 | 3 Comments

Retail Operations Close at Drakes Bay Oyster Company

What's next for the oyster farm, its employees and the natural environment of Drakes Estero.

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