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Wind Energy vs. Golden Eagles

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

BART Installs System To Give Warning Seconds Before Major Quakes, Slowing Trains – 9/28 KQED Science News Roundup

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

Large April Quake Rattled The Globe – 9/27 KQED Science News Roundup

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



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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Turns Back on Baby Peregrines?

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The California Report

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

Remembering Save the Bay's Sylvia McLaughlin

Beloved environmentalist and activist Sylvia McLaughlin died this week at age 99. In 1961, outraged by the City of Berkeley's plan to fill 2000 acres of the San Francisco Bay, McLaughlin and two friends formed Save the Bay to protect the waterway from further fill and development. Her efforts, which to many marked the rise of the modern environmental movement, prompted the state legislature to create the Bay Conservation and Development Commission a few years later. We discuss McLaughlin's conservation legacy.

From Robotic Eyes to Biohackers, Kara Platoni Tells Us Why the Future is Already Here

Can certain perfumes help Alzheimer's patients recall memories? Could implanting a robotic eye help a blind man see? Berkeley journalist Kara Platoni explores these questions in her new book, "We Have the Technology: How Biohackers, Foodies, Physicians, and Scientists Are Transforming Human Perception, One Sense at a Time." She joins us to talk about cutting-edge perceptual technology and what it means for our evolution.

Mythbusting the Weather with Meteorologist Jan Null

There's been a lot of talk about whether El Nino will bring a deluge of storms this winter to help alleviate California's drought. But for meteorologist Jan Null, that's only one of many misconceptions circulating about El Nino. The longtime forecaster has been tracking weather for more than 40 years, and he stresses that El Nino is no guarantee of rain. He joins us to talk about the drought, his weather predictions, the recent discovery of mercury in San Francisco's fog and his research into the heatstroke deaths of children in cars. He joins us as part of our "First Person" series on the leaders and innovators who make the Bay Area unique.