By the end of the century, the Bay Area's landscape could look more like Southern California's, raising tough questions for land managers trying to preserve parks and open space.
By Olivia Hubert-Allen and Lisa Aliferis Despite the overwhelming medical evidence that childhood vaccinations are exceptionally effective at preventing disease, a growing number of parents are opting out of having their children vaccinated. While state law requires that children be fully vaccinated to enter kindergarten, California parents can get around this ...Read More
Japan says it plans to build an "ice wall" around the Fukushima nuclear plant to stop radioactive water from spreading further. But critics say there are environmental and political risks to such a move. We discuss the efforts to control the leaks, and look at how the radioactive waste might ...Read More
Local scientists have developed a small, portable device that can quickly test a person’s level of radiation exposure and could be used for victims in a large-scale radiological accident or terrorist attack.
Glaciers in the Alps of Europe pose a scientific mystery. They started melting rapidly back in the 1860s. In a span of about 50 years, some of the biggest glaciers had retreated more than half a mile. But nobody could explain the glacier's rapid decline. Now, a new study from ...Read More
When physician Daphne Miller visited farms across the country, she wondered how she could relate farming to treating her patients. In her new book "Farmacology: What Innovative Family Farming Can Teach Us About Health and Healing," Miller shares her experience at seven family farms and suggests that if people treated ...Read More
Young girl with partial paralysis, caused by polio. (Courtesy Boston Children’s Hospital) Take a hard look at the picture. These are images we don’t see in this country at all any more. But until the polio vaccine came along, children and adults paralyzed from polio ...Read More
After a wait of more than 50 years, the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program is ready to return to the site of Project Mohole to try and pierce the Earth's crust again.
Bats help humans by eating insects that annoy us, carry disease and impact our agricultural operations. But they're often misunderstood and feared by the general public. Learn how the East Bay Regional Park District and kids are helping bats by providing shelter to local bat populations.
The world's biggest trees are experiencing a growth spurt, and scientists think climate change may be playing a part in it.
The immigration reform Congress is considering includes billions of dollars to build hundreds of new miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border. Backers say the fence deters people from crossing. Critics say the recession did that. Whatever the case, the fence we have in place now has taken an environmental ...read more
Climate change poses an "immediate and growing threat" to California's water, vegetation and wildlife according to a report released Thursday by the state's Environmental Protection Agency. The report outlines the current effects, which include increased wildfires, rising sea levels along the California coasts and migration of plants and animals to ...read more
New tools and old-fashioned sleuthing have cleared away a century's worth of errors from our detailed picture of what the San Andreas fault did to Portola Valley in 1906.
After spending a few weeks getting familiar with the new Explorer edition of Google Glass, KQED Science's Jenny Oh takes it for a spin around Lake Tahoe.
Chevron's refinery complex in Richmond.Richmond police say they arrested 210 people during a protest at the massive Chevron refinery in the East Bay city. The arrests came at the end of a march called to protest the oil company's environmental practices and to commemorate ...read more