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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/lowdown/2014/06/23/carbon-control-americas-new-war-on-climate-change/ target=_blank >Carbon Control: America’s New War on Climate Change</a>

The Lowdown | June 23, 2014

Carbon Control: America’s New War on Climate Change

The Obama administration dropped the proverbial climate change bomb earlier this month when it announced a groundbreaking plan, without congressional approval, to significantly reduce the nation's carbon emissions over the next 15 years. Cartoon journalist Andy Warner explains what the new rules set out to do. View as slideshow Andy ...Read More

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Stanford Sleep Researcher Mourns the Loss of Narcoleptic Dog

KQED Science | June 17, 2014 | 3 Comments

Stanford Sleep Researcher Mourns the Loss of Narcoleptic Dog

Bear, the narcoleptic dog who stole the heart of a Stanford specialist in the disease, has died.

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Interactive Map: How Sea Level Rise Could Swamp Coastal Communities

KQED Science | June 13, 2014 | 3 Comments

Interactive Map: How Sea Level Rise Could Swamp Coastal Communities

Rising seas will likely lead to unprecedented flooding along parts of California's coast within 20-60 years, according to a new report.

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California’s Not Ready for Influx of Oil Trains, Says Report

KQED Science | June 12, 2014 | 1 Comment

California’s Not Ready for Influx of Oil Trains, Says Report

Crude-by-rail has been a growing concern as an oil boom in North Dakota has meant more and more crude is traveling to refineries by rail. A series of fiery derailments in the past year has focused attention on the need for accident prevention and emergency response preparation.

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New Evidence of Earth’s Deep Water Cycle Reveals A Virtual Buried Ocean

KQED Science | June 12, 2014 | 1 Comment

New Evidence of Earth’s Deep Water Cycle Reveals A Virtual Buried Ocean

New evidence from high-pressure experiments and earthquake waves suggests the presence of water-rich melt at the base of the upper mantle, far deeper than previous estimates.

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California to Protect Gray Wolves as Endangered Species

KQED Science | June 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

California to Protect Gray Wolves as Endangered Species

Though there are no wild wolves in California, state officials, expecting them to get here eventually, voted to protect them.

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Two Common Pathogens Can Survive for Days on Surfaces in Airplanes

KQED Science | June 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Two Common Pathogens Can Survive for Days on Surfaces in Airplanes

Disease-causing pathogens, like MRSA and E. coli bacteria, can linger for days on surfaces in airplane cabins, according to new research results from Auburn University.

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Famous Sunset Paintings Reflect Key Air Pollution Events From the Past

KQED Science | June 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Famous Sunset Paintings Reflect Key Air Pollution Events From the Past

Data about volcanic eruptions and industrial pollution are encoded in great works of art.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/lowdown/2014/05/20/making-sense-of-san-franciscos-bone-chilling-summertime-fog/ target=_blank >The Chilling Effect: Why San Francisco Gets So Foggy in the Summer</a>

The Lowdown | May 20, 2014

The Chilling Effect: Why San Francisco Gets So Foggy in the Summer

To start, a beautiful time-lapse film by Simon Christen … “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.” Mark Twain may never have actually said it himself, but that doesn't make the observation any less accurate. As any naive tourist shivering miserably in a tank ...Read More

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California Wildfires: Training for a Tough Season

KQED Science | May 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

California Wildfires: Training for a Tough Season

Seasonal firefighters started training months earlier than usual this year. It may seem like common sense that it's dry out there, but there is a science to knowing how dry, and to knowing when the threat of wildfire is at its worst.

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<a href=http://www.californiareport.org/archive/R201405161630/e target=_blank >Los Angeles Studies Its Tiniest Residents: Insects</a>

The California Report | May 16, 2014

Los Angeles Studies Its Tiniest Residents: Insects

If you think about the kinds of bugs you'd find in a city, you might imagine ants, cockroaches, bees -- maybe mosquitoes or even bed bugs. But that doesn't even begin to scratch the surface. In fact there are probably millions of different insects out there. And now a large ...Read More

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Progress in Earthquake Forecasts May Come from Studying Foreshocks

KQED Science | May 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Progress in Earthquake Forecasts May Come from Studying Foreshocks

Recent cutting-edge techniques are opening a new approach for earthquake forecasts by matching foreshocks -- small quakes occurring on the same stretch of fault that subsequently fails in the large mainshock -- to changes on the seafloor.

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Drought Tech: How Solar Desalination Could Help Parched Farms

KQED Science | May 9, 2014 | 4 Comments

Drought Tech: How Solar Desalination Could Help Parched Farms

While coastal communities debate the merits of desalting seawater as a drought solution, a new approach to desalination could be a boon to farmers far inland.

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Judge Orders Silicon Valley Billionaire to Testify in Dispute Over Beach

KQED Science | May 8, 2014 | 3 Comments

Judge Orders Silicon Valley Billionaire to Testify in Dispute Over Beach

Venture capitalist expected to appear Monday in case involving access to a popular local beach.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/commercial-salmon-fishing-season-opens-in-california target=_blank >The Return of the Kings: Salmon Season Opens in California</a>

News Fix | May 7, 2014

The Return of the Kings: Salmon Season Opens in California

Commercial salmon boats arrive with their first catch of 2014, which promises to be a productive season. ...Read More

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First Sick California Condor Arrives at Oakland Zoo Hospital

KQED Science | May 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

First Sick California Condor Arrives at Oakland Zoo Hospital

A California condor is receiving treatment at the Oakland Zoo for lead poisoning. She's the zoo's first condor patient at their animal hospital.

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Citing Budget Concerns, NASA Defends Long-Term Plan To Reach Mars in 20 Years

KQED Science | May 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Citing Budget Concerns, NASA Defends Long-Term Plan To Reach Mars in 20 Years

Recently, NASA administrator Charles Bolden rephrased the "Moon, Mars and Beyond" mission plan to better align the steps toward Mars with budgetary realities and to balance human space programs with more cost-effective robotic missions.

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NOAA Expedition Finds Asphalt Volcanic ‘Tar Lilies’ in Gulf of Mexico

KQED Science | May 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

NOAA Expedition Finds Asphalt Volcanic ‘Tar Lilies’ in Gulf of Mexico

A research expedition in the Gulf of Mexico has stumbled on a field of beautiful natural sculptures made of asphalt on the sea floor.

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Auburn Dam: The Water Project That Won’t Die

KQED Science | April 30, 2014 | 3 Comments

Auburn Dam: The Water Project That Won’t Die

The giant dam and reservoir remains on the radar, whether or not it has a future.

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With Levee Breached, Tides Return to Novato Wetland; Watch Video

KQED Science | April 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

With Levee Breached, Tides Return to Novato Wetland; Watch Video

For more than two decades, environmental groups and numerous agencies have worked to restore the wetlands at the former Hamilton Army Airfield. On Friday, the project achieved a significant milestone.

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