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California Leans Heavily on Thousands of Inmate Firefighters

KQED Science | July 25, 2014 | 3 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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Drought Becomes Top Environmental Priority for Californians

KQED Science | July 23, 2014 | 5 Comments

Drought Becomes Top Environmental Priority for Californians

Those surveyed say they favor mandatory restrictions on water use.

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California Water Districts Face Suit for Ignoring Conservation Law

KQED Science | July 17, 2014 | 4 Comments

California Water Districts Face Suit for Ignoring Conservation Law

Investigative report prompted legal action. And some districts are responding.

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Anti-Fracking Activists in California Take Fight to County Ballots

KQED Science | July 14, 2014 | 12 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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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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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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Newly Discovered Object in Space May Signal the Presence of Two Distant Worlds

KQED Science | June 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Newly Discovered Object in Space May Signal the Presence of Two Distant Worlds

Will the generation that is coming into the world today know more than eight, more than nine, solar planets? Some recent observations make this prospect sound like a strong possibility.

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Revealed: Routes for Trains Hauling Volatile Crude Oil in California

KQED Science | June 25, 2014 | 2 Comments

Revealed: Routes for Trains Hauling Volatile Crude Oil in California

Trains loaded with volatile Bakken crude pass through or near cities and sensitive environmental areas on a regular basis.

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As Water Prices Soar, Some Profit From California’s Drought

KQED Science | June 23, 2014 | 3 Comments

As Water Prices Soar, Some Profit From California’s Drought

Fights are breaking out over controversial water sales. Some farmers say they need the water to keep trees alive, while others say groundwater pumping depletes supplies for neighboring farms, and could threaten California's already-stressed aquifers.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/06/18/138956/is_collecting_animals_for_science_a_noble_mission_or_a_threat?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Is Collecting Animals for Science a Noble Mission or a Threat?</a>

KQED News | June 18, 2014

Is Collecting Animals for Science a Noble Mission or a Threat?

A recent article warned that scientific collection has the potential to hurt animal populations that are small and isolated, but many researchers are defending specimen collection as a scientific tool.

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California Drought Dries Up Honey Supply

KQED Science | June 16, 2014 | 4 Comments

California Drought Dries Up Honey Supply

Mountain meadows that would normally be covered with wildflowers have nothing to offer the bees this year, as the flowers lie dormant in the drought. Beekeepers are looking at drastically reduced production, and in some cases are just trying to keep their bees alive.

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A Fourth Drought Year for California: What Are the Odds?

KQED Science | June 15, 2014 | 4 Comments

A Fourth Drought Year for California: What Are the Odds?

Two prominent California water experts advise: don't bet on wet.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2014/06/12/138781/maybe_dinosaurs_were_a_coldblooded_warmblooded_mix?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Maybe Dinosaurs Were A Cold-Blooded, Warm-Blooded Mix</a>

KQED News | June 12, 2014

Maybe Dinosaurs Were A Cold-Blooded, Warm-Blooded Mix

Most animals are either cold-blooded or warm-blooded. But once upon a time, the Earth's dominant animals may have been a bit of both.

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Drought Outlook: ‘Disastrous Consequences’ If 2015 Is Dry

KQED Science | June 11, 2014 | 1 Comment

Drought Outlook: ‘Disastrous Consequences’ If 2015 Is Dry

A new report echoes some of the worst fears of a fourth straight drought year.

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Dueling Drought Strategies: Save More Water or Store More Water

KQED Science | June 10, 2014 | 2 Comments

Dueling Drought Strategies: Save More Water or Store More Water

Two competing camps have emerged about how to boost California's water supplies during dry times: conserve more water or build more water storage.

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Saline Shortage Plagues Hospitals

KQED Science | June 9, 2014 | 1 Comment

Saline Shortage Plagues Hospitals

Hospitals use saline for everything from wound care to surgeries, but it could be next year before drug companies can catch up with demand. Turns out, it's not as simple to manufacture salty water as you might think.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/buffalo-soldiers-yosemite target=_blank >Channeling Buffalo Soldiers: National Parks Seek to Draw More Black Visitors</a>

News Fix | June 6, 2014

Channeling Buffalo Soldiers: National Parks Seek to Draw More Black Visitors

This weekend, history buffs relive trek made to the Sierra more than a century ago by black Army troops.

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Brown Pelican Population Plunges in California

KQED Science | June 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Brown Pelican Population Plunges in California

California brown pelicans, which were driven to the brink of extinction in the last century, are in trouble again. The reason for the decline could range from food supply shifts to changes in water temperature.

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Apple Jumps Into Health and Fitness Market

KQED Science | June 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Apple Jumps Into Health and Fitness Market

With a new tool for consolidating health data, such as weight and sleep patterns, the company enters a $2 billion industry.

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