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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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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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NASA Satellite Could Help Weather Forecasts, Drought Management

KQED Science | January 28, 2015 | 1 Comment

NASA Satellite Could Help Weather Forecasts, Drought Management

Newest Earth science mission could extend the accuracy range of weather forecasts, fine-tune flood forecasts.

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‘Ridiculous Ridge’ May Be Back to Prolong California Drought

KQED Science | January 23, 2015 | 7 Comments

‘Ridiculous Ridge’ May Be Back to Prolong California Drought

Scientists hope a stubborn high-pressure bubble over the West Coast isn't a replay of the last two winters.

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Scientists Still Trying to Identify Mystery Bird Goo

KQED Science | January 20, 2015 | 3 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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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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23andMe Strikes Another Deal With Big Pharma

KQED Science | January 12, 2015 | 1 Comment

23andMe Strikes Another Deal With Big Pharma

The Mountain View-based company will sell genetic information to Pfizer for a study into the genetic markers for lupus.

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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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Foie Gras: Back on California Menus

KQED Science | January 8, 2015 | 2 Comments

Foie Gras: Back on California Menus

Chefs from Los Angeles to San Francisco celebrated on Wednesday when a federal judge lifted a statewide ban on foie gras.

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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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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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How Science Can Help Prevent a (Bad) Hangover

KQED Science | December 29, 2014 | 4 Comments

How Science Can Help Prevent a (Bad) Hangover

In the annals of medical research, you won’t find many studies on the common hangover. But one intrepid Bay Area scientist has taken on the topic -- and even has an inexpensive remedy you probably haven't heard about.

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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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Ten Years After Indian Ocean Tsunami, California is Better Prepared

KQED Science | December 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Ten Years After Indian Ocean Tsunami, California is Better Prepared

The tragedy sparked a decade of improvements to our tsunami warning system.

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A Thirsty Town Debates Need for New Source of Water

KQED Science | December 22, 2014 | 3 Comments

A Thirsty Town Debates Need for New Source of Water

The central coast town of Cambria faced running out of water this year. This week, the town launches its new emergency water source, but some in the community believe a fight to shut it down is only just beginning.

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