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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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California’s Biggest Water Source Shrouded in Secrecy

KQED Science | July 31, 2014 | 18 Comments

California’s Biggest Water Source Shrouded in Secrecy

Stanford launches a major investigation of the state's dwindling groundwater resources and finds "alarming" gaps.

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Genetically Engineering Wild Populations Could Be Just Around the Corner

KQED Science | July 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Genetically Engineering Wild Populations Could Be Just Around the Corner

We might be able to use selfish genes to cause the population of mosquitoes that carry malaria to crash. Is genetically manipulating these insects out in the wild worth preventing hundreds of millions of people from getting malaria?

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California’s Wandering Wolf Now Has Puppies in Oregon

KQED Science | July 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

California’s Wandering Wolf Now Has Puppies in Oregon

OR-7 has at least three pups that he and a mate are raising in the Cascade Range of southern Oregon.

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California Leans Heavily on Thousands of Inmate Firefighters

KQED Science | July 25, 2014 | 12 Comments

California Leans Heavily on Thousands of Inmate Firefighters

More than 4,000 low-level offenders making $2 a day are a crucial component in how the state battles wildfires.

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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 | 3 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 | 13 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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