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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/11/19/water-board-weighs-phasing-out-diablo-canyons-cooling-system target=_blank >Water Board Weighs Phasing Out Diablo Canyon’s Cooling System</a>

KQED News | November 19, 2014

Water Board Weighs Phasing Out Diablo Canyon’s Cooling System

The power plant near San Luis Obispo pulls in 2.5 billion gallons of seawater every day, and then lets it out, 20 degrees warmer, back into the ocean. The system is known to cause marine damage, harming billions of fish larvae.

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Efforts to Restore Monarch Butterflies’ Milkweed Habitats May Be Doing More Harm Than Good

KQED Science | November 19, 2014 | 5 Comments

Efforts to Restore Monarch Butterflies’ Milkweed Habitats May Be Doing More Harm Than Good

Migratory monarch butterfly populations have fallen into a tailspin in recent years. Scientists fear that in a classic case of good intentions gone awry, efforts to help the beleaguered butterflies may be inadvertently making matters worse by changing their behavior.

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What Gall! The Crazy Cribs of Parasitic Wasps

KQED Science | November 18, 2014 | 6 Comments

What Gall! The Crazy Cribs of Parasitic Wasps

Plenty of animals build their homes in oak trees. But some very teeny, tricky wasps make the tree do all the work. “What nerve!” you might say. What… gall! And you’d be right. The wasps are called gall-inducers. And each miniature mansion that the trees build for the wasps' larvae is weirder and more flamboyant than the next.

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Scientists Suspect a Virus is Causing Sea Star Die-Off

KQED Science | November 17, 2014 | 1 Comment

Scientists Suspect a Virus is Causing Sea Star Die-Off

But the virus isn't new to sea stars, so what triggered the current outbreak remains a mystery.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/11/17/california-drought-water-delivery-trucks/ target=_blank >Drought Brings Boom for Water Delivery Trucks</a>

KQED News | November 17, 2014

Drought Brings Boom for Water Delivery Trucks

They help Central Valley residents whose wells run low. For Eugene Keeney, it's a thriving business.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/lowdown/2014/11/17/why-californias-drought-is-americas-problem/ target=_blank >Why California’s Drought is America’s Problem</a>

The Lowdown | November 17, 2014

Why California’s Drought is America’s Problem

Despite a few recent downpours, California remains stuck in one of the most severe statewide droughts on record. But it's far from just California's problem. The state produces a huge percentage of the nation's agriculture — nearly half of all fruits, vegetables and nuts, by some estimates.

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U.S. and China Greenhouse Gas Deal: Landmark Move or More Hot Air?

KQED Science | November 12, 2014 | 1 Comment

U.S. and China Greenhouse Gas Deal: Landmark Move or More Hot Air?

President Obama sets ambitious goals for greenhouse gas reductions, but the deal faces political battles here and overseas.

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New California County Fracking Bans Likely to Face Challenges

KQED Science | November 5, 2014 | 1 Comment

New California County Fracking Bans Likely to Face Challenges

Passage of two out of three local measures may just set the stage for next battle.

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Bay Area Votes in Favor of Open Space and ‘Smart’ Growth

KQED Science | November 5, 2014 | 1 Comment

Bay Area Votes in Favor of Open Space and ‘Smart’ Growth

A local environmental group is declaring victories for open space preservation and smart growth in the Bay Area.

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The Amazing Life of Sand

KQED Science | November 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Amazing Life of Sand

There’s a story in every grain of sand: tales of life and death, fire and water. If you scooped up a handful of sand from every beach, you'd have a history of the world sifting through your fingers. From mountain boulders to the shells of tiny ocean creatures, follow the journey that sand takes through thousands of years across entire continents to wind up stuck between your toes.

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Why California’s Largest Estuary No Longer Works for Wildlife

KQED Science | October 30, 2014 | 4 Comments

Why California’s Largest Estuary No Longer Works for Wildlife

Startling maps in a new report on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta show the dramatic loss of marshlands that once supported a vast array of wildlife.

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/video/on-gmo-labeling-oregon-and-colorado-learn-from-california-defeat/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=on-gmo-labeling-oregon-and-colorado-learn-from-california-defeat target=_blank >With GMO Labeling on the Ballot, Oregon and Colorado Learn From California Defeat</a>

QUEST | October 28, 2014

With GMO Labeling on the Ballot, Oregon and Colorado Learn From California Defeat

Voters in Oregon will head to the polls Nov. 4 to decide whether to require foods made with genetically engineered ingredients to be labeled. In doing so, they'll be voting on an initiative shaped in part by the experience of activists in California, who watched a similar measure fail ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/10/16/listen-as-a-california-forest-grows-quiet-over-time/ target=_blank >Where Have All The Birds Gone? Listen As a California Forest Grows Quiet Over Time</a>

KQED News | October 20, 2014

Where Have All The Birds Gone? Listen As a California Forest Grows Quiet Over Time

Does the sound of the forest change over time? Bernie Krause knows. The point in the forest where Bernie Krause records each year View Larger Map The expert bio-acoustician has spent decades recording natural sounds all over the world, including one particular section of forest between Napa and Sonoma ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/10/14/145343/long_after_fracking_stops_the_noise_lives_on?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Long After Fracking Stops, The Noise Lives On</a>

KQED News | October 14, 2014

Long After Fracking Stops, The Noise Lives On

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/10/12/145218/american_intruder_lurks_in_scottish_streams_clawed_and_hungry?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >American Intruder Lurks In Scottish Streams, Clawed And Hungry</a>

KQED News | October 12, 2014

American Intruder Lurks In Scottish Streams, Clawed And Hungry

Forget Nessie: there's another insidious creature living in the waters of Scotland. The story starts in the streams and lakes of the northwestern United States, where North American signal crayfish are a familiar sight. Turn over a rock and you may well encounter one. But in Scottish streams and lochs, these creatures ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/10/02/court-upholds-water-releases-for-salmon-on-north-state-rivers target=_blank >Court Upholds Water Releases for Salmon on North State Rivers</a>

KQED News | October 11, 2014

Court Upholds Water Releases for Salmon on North State Rivers

A federal judge in Fresno has ruled that the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation did not violate the law when it made special reservoir releases last year to help salmon in Northern California's Klamath River survive the drought rather than save the water for farms. But U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O'Neill ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/09/23/how-do-you-know-what-90000-acres-look-like target=_blank >How Do You Say How Big a Really Big Fire Is?</a>

KQED News | October 11, 2014

How Do You Say How Big a Really Big Fire Is?

A California Highway Patrol photo of the King Fire, which spread rapidly north of U.S. 50 near Pollock Pines earlier this month. Here's an ongoing debate in our newsroom as we move into autumn and what is often the climax to our fire season: What's the best way to describe the ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/10/11/145165/researchers_say_beavers_are_more_than_simple_pests?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Researchers Say Beavers Are More Than Simple Pests</a>

KQED News | October 11, 2014

Researchers Say Beavers Are More Than Simple Pests

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. ...Read More

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With Drought, New Scrutiny Over Fracking’s Water Use

KQED Science | October 10, 2014 | 6 Comments

With Drought, New Scrutiny Over Fracking’s Water Use

The drought is putting a spotlight on water use around California, including for hydraulic fracturing. How much water does fracking use and will it increase as companies tap into the Monterey Shale, estimated to be the largest oil resource in country?

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Anti-Fracking Activists in California Take Fight to County Ballots

KQED Science | October 10, 2014 | 16 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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