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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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Future of Berryessa-Snow Mountain Lands in Limbo

KQED Science | January 5, 2015 | 5 Comments

Future of Berryessa-Snow Mountain Lands in Limbo

Faced with a new Republican-led Congress, supporters of special protections for the area are taking their case to the president, urging him to create a new national monument. But there are no guarantees there, either.

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Interior Secretary: Local Fracking Bans Are ‘Wrong Way To Go’

KQED Science | January 2, 2015 | 25 Comments

Interior Secretary: Local Fracking Bans Are ‘Wrong Way To Go’

County and even statewide strictures are misguided, says federal lands chief.

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Warm Temps Mean Less Snow for the Sierra

KQED Science | December 30, 2014 | 2 Comments

Warm Temps Mean Less Snow for the Sierra

Despite those December storms, this year's Sierra snowpack is far below average for this date.

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Washington State Offers Ambitious Cap-and-Trade Plan

KQED Science | December 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Washington State Offers Ambitious Cap-and-Trade Plan

By John Upton Climate Central If Washington’s governor gets his legislative holiday wish, the Evergreen State in 18 months will launch one of the world’s most sophisticated and all-encompassing climate-pollution pricing programs. Draft legislation released last week by the office of Gov. Jay Inslee (D) would — if sufficient support can be mustered from state lawmakers […]

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KQED Science’s Top Five Stories of 2014

KQED Science | December 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

KQED Science’s Top Five Stories of 2014

From the launch of our original web video series Deep Look to our stories over the science of schizophrenia and the politics of water — it's been another year of diverse storytelling from the KQED Science team. Here's a round-up of our top 5 stories (based on page views) that you enjoyed in 2014.

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Next Napa Quake Could Be Bigger, Stronger

KQED Science | December 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Next Napa Quake Could Be Bigger, Stronger

New research indicates the fault that triggered the August quake is 20 miles longer than scientists realized, which could produce more powerful earthquakes in the future.

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Storms a Boon for Rainwater Harvesters

KQED Science | December 17, 2014 | 11 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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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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