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One of the largest operators in the Altamont Pass says it will permanently shut down its wind turbines.

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Here's today's roundup of science, nature and environment news from the Bay Area and beyond.

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Here's today's roundup of science, nature and environment news from the Bay Area and beyond.

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Et Tu, El Nino?

For months now, it's been drummed into us that we have to save water. If we don't, local water districts are threatening to sock us with big fines. This week, we hear that we could be in for a very wet El Nino winter. What's a water-conscious Californian to think or do? We turn to Craig Miller, KQED's Science Editor to find out.

California Foodways: Warmer Winter Nights Mean Small Cherry Crop

Who can resist a cherry? They're small, sweet and crunchy. You know summer is on the way when you see them at the market. This beloved fruit is also a bit of a canary in a coal mine. For the series California Foodways, Lisa Morehouse went to the Santa Clara Valley and reports that the last couple of cherry harvests could be a warning about climate change.

Brown's Signature Marks Beginning of Groundwater Reform

California's historic drought deserves some credit for political action on longtime water needs in the state. That was the assessment of Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday, just after he signed a groundbreaking trio of laws regulating the use of groundwater.

Forum With Michael Krasny

Research Affirms that Diets Don't Lead to Weight Loss, Health Gains

New research is helping explain why dieting does not lead to long-term weight loss in the vast majority of people and may even lead to weight gain. A key reason for this, some researchers say, is that our bodies employ mechanisms to keep our weight within a certain range or "set point." Forum discusses the effect of dieting on metabolism and the relationship between health and weight.

Drought and Bark Beetle Blamed for Dramatic Increase in California Tree Deaths

An aerial survey of California trees by the U.S. Forest Service last month found a drastic increase in tree mortality. Since 2014, the number of dead trees jumped from an estimated 3.3 million to about 27.6 million. Scientists say the die-off is caused by the drought and the rising numbers of bark beetles, who destroy the trees' ability to absorb food and water. We'll discuss the die-off and how it relates to an increased risk of forest fires.

As Coral Bleaching Devastates Australia's Great Barrier Reef, Scientists Look for Solutions

More than 90 percent of Australia's Great Barrier Reef is suffering from coral bleaching, according to a survey published by an Australian task force last month. While some coral can recover from bleaching, which results from warming water, scientists estimate that at least half of the bleached coral will not. Meanwhile, researchers have announced the discovery of a huge new coral reef system at the mouth of the Amazon River. We discuss the importance of coral reefs to global ecosystems and ongoing efforts to protect them.