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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.

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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

King Tides Arrive, May Bring Flooding to Bay Area

Flooding is expected in parts of the Bay Area this week as part of a tidal pattern known as King Tides. The higher than normal tides will occur mid to late morning and may bring sea water to low-lying areas like underpasses and coastal trails. We discuss the science behind the King Tide phenomenon, which some say might become the new normal as sea levels continue to rise.

Study Finds Younger People Getting Happier, Older Adults - Not So Much

A new study from San Diego State finds that Americans under 30 report being happier than those over 30. This is a big shift from more than four decades of past research that found people grow steadily happier as they age, until their 60s and 70s. Forum talks with the study's author about what explains the recent surge in happiness among young people and the decline for adults over 30.

FDA Gives GMO Salmon the Green Light

On Thursday, the FDA approved genetically modified salmon for consumption. The modified salmon grows twice as fast as conventionally farm-raised ones. But the FDA's decision sparked an immediate backlash from food safety and environmental groups who have dubbed the animal a "frankenfish." They say the safety studies are insufficient and that the modified fish could taint non-modified populations. We take a closer look at the debate.