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Four Days in May: Mount Lassen Erupted 100 Years Ago

KQED Science | May 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Four Days in May: Mount Lassen Erupted 100 Years Ago

Mount Lassen awoke in a brief series of eruptions between 1914 and 1917. This week marks the centennial of Lassen's sensational eruption in a mushrooming column of ash seen as far away as Eureka and Sacramento.

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California Expands Its ‘Subnational’ Climate Club

KQED Science | May 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

California Expands Its ‘Subnational’ Climate Club

Representatives of a dozen state and provincial governments add a little pressure to the "do-or-die" world climate talks coming up in Paris. But can "subnational" deals like this really make a difference?

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Californians Worried About Drought, But Uneasy About Conservation

KQED Science | May 19, 2015 | 2 Comments

Californians Worried About Drought, But Uneasy About Conservation

Nearly nine in ten Californians believe the drought is serious, according to a new California Field Poll. But only about half say they could easily use less water.

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Women Getting Science Ph.D.s Still Face Gender Barriers

KQED Science | May 18, 2015 | 1 Comment

Women Getting Science Ph.D.s Still Face Gender Barriers

Women in science say the problem doesn't stem from women making choices between career and family -- it's plain, old-fashioned sex discrimination.

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NASA Co-Discovers the Most Distant Extrasolar Planet Yet

KQED Science | May 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

NASA Co-Discovers the Most Distant Extrasolar Planet Yet

A collaboration between NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and Poland's Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment (OGLE) project has recently discovered one of the most distant extrasolar planets known to date.

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As Delta Smelt Nears Extinction, New Concerns Emerge Over Dredging

KQED Science | May 13, 2015 | 2 Comments

As Delta Smelt Nears Extinction, New Concerns Emerge Over Dredging

The tiny Delta smelt is famous for being a target in California's water wars, but it's dangerously close to extinction. That's bringing attention to anything that could harm the fish, including something rarely discussed: dredging Delta waterways for big cargo ships.

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Will California Drought Force Changes In Historic Water Rights?

KQED Science | May 11, 2015 | 18 Comments

Will California Drought Force Changes In Historic Water Rights?

Here’s the thing: Water rights in California are based on who got there first. It’s as if you had to line up with all your coworkers to get a cup of coffee at work, and maybe the pot’s empty when the new guy gets to the front. Some are asking, in a drought like the one we’ve been having, is that really fair?

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‘Aggressive’ New Drought Rules for California: Now Comes the Hard Part

KQED Science | May 6, 2015 | 6 Comments

‘Aggressive’ New Drought Rules for California: Now Comes the Hard Part

State officials officially hand the ball to local water agencies to squeeze 25 percent more water savings out of their customers. And ultimately, it is up to those customers to respond -- or not.

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State Passes Historic Water Conservation Rules

KQED Science | May 4, 2015 | 5 Comments

State Passes Historic Water Conservation Rules

The state-mandated water conservation "tiers" assigned to local water agencies don't tell the whole story. Some cities are already there, some have a lot more work to do.

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Governor Brown’s New Climate Offensive in Five Jerryesque Quotes

KQED Science | April 30, 2015 | 1 Comment

Governor Brown’s New Climate Offensive in Five Jerryesque Quotes

In promoting his new greenhouse gas reduction targets, the governor invokes World War II, climate-change deniers in Washington, and the recycled toilet water in our future.

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Environmentalists Urge Changes to Protect Whales From Crab Lines

KQED Science | April 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

Environmentalists Urge Changes to Protect Whales From Crab Lines

A rising number of whales are getting entangled off the coast of California in the lines fishermen use to pull up crab pots. Environmental groups are calling on state officials to protect the cetaceans.

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State Mostly Standing Its Ground on Tough New Water Rules

KQED Science | April 28, 2015 | 3 Comments

State Mostly Standing Its Ground on Tough New Water Rules

The governor offers help with enforcement but no easing of conservation targets for local water suppliers.

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Amid California’s Drought, Should Cemeteries Stay Green?

KQED Science | April 27, 2015 | 1 Comment

Amid California’s Drought, Should Cemeteries Stay Green?

New drought restrictions are prompting cemetery managers to look at the water they use to keep lawns green. Some worry that for family members who visit this summer, parched grass might feel like insult on top of loss.

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The Bay Area: Ground Zero for Earth Day?

KQED Science | April 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Bay Area: Ground Zero for Earth Day?

The first Earth Day started a movement, rocked the government and created a generation of environmental leaders. In the Bay Area, it injected new energy into an environmental tradition that began with John Muir.

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When City Codes Clash With State Water Rules, Confusion Reigns

KQED Science | April 22, 2015 | 4 Comments

When City Codes Clash With State Water Rules, Confusion Reigns

Esthetics and water conservation clash as California cities find their own laws at odds with the governor's water reduction mandates.

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Regulators Float New Drought Rules After Feedback Frenzy

KQED Science | April 18, 2015 | 7 Comments

Regulators Float New Drought Rules After Feedback Frenzy

Water agencies win some relief valves in the latest version of draft water regulations designed to achieve the governor's 25 percent statewide savings.

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A Last-Ditch Drought Strategy for the Delta: Rock Barriers

KQED Science | April 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

A Last-Ditch Drought Strategy for the Delta: Rock Barriers

Meager river flows may not be enough to stem the tide of salt water that threatens freshwater supplies.

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Celebrate Earth Day at John Muir Family Home

KQED Science | April 16, 2015 | 2 Comments

Celebrate Earth Day at John Muir Family Home

The Muir home in Martinez is a National Historic Site, and there will be live music, free activities, and a silent auction Saturday, April 18. You can also tour the home and walk the famous orchards.

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Alien Life Might Live in Our Own Solar System

KQED Science | April 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

Alien Life Might Live in Our Own Solar System

NASA's top scientist says she thinks evidence of life beyond Earth will turn up in the next couple of decades. Why so optimistic? Scientists have been discovering liquid water all around the solar system, and even though life on other planets might look different than it does here on Earth, scientists bet liquid water will be essential.

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The Next Crime Wave in Farm Country: Stealing Water

KQED Science | April 9, 2015

The Next Crime Wave in Farm Country: Stealing Water

Madera County's DA tries to get out in front of an expected wave of water-related thefts.

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