Climate Watch Radio Archive
An archive of Climate Watch radio reports and related coverage from across KQED
The California Report | Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013, 8:50 AM
California Governor Jerry Brown signed on to a new climate pact with Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. As part of the multifaceted plan to fight climate change and ocean acidification the states -- and province -- agreed to put a price on carbon, invest together on clean energy technologies and support greener transportation.
The California Report | Friday, Aug 16, 2013, 4:30 PM
Faith in the mayor isn't the only thing eroding in San Diego -- beaches along the coast are literally being washed away. Some homeowners have built seawalls, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is working on an ambitious sand replenishment project. In dealing with shrinking beaches, San Diego communities are becoming key players in a larger debate over how to deal with eroding shorelines and rising sea levels.
The California Report | Thursday, Aug 01, 2013, 8:50 AM
California may be on the verge of an oil boom powered by hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. But a new poll finds residents have doubts about the controversial practice. In fact, 51 percent of those polled are against it.
Forum | Thursday, Jun 20, 2013, 10:00 AM
Michael Levi heads the Program on Energy Security and Climate Change at the Council on Foreign Relations. He joins us to talk about his new book, "The Power Surge: Energy, Opportunity, and the Battle for America's Future," which investigates the growing energy revolution in the U.S.
The California Report | Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 8:50 AM
Solar panels have sprouted up all over the sunny spots of California, but for industrial scale projects, there's no beating desert country -- if the price is right. Developers are cheering a decision by Riverside County officials on Tuesday to slash fees on new projects. Riverside could set a new standard for how local communities do business with big solar.
The California Report | Thursday, May 02, 2013, 8:50 AM
A bill that would overhaul California's landmark environmental protection law, known as CEQA, made it past its first committee vote in Sacramento on Wednesday. That progress comes despite Governor Jerry Brown's having all but given up on the effort for the year.
Forum | Thursday, Apr 18, 2013, 10:00 AM
A decade ago, William McDonough co-wrote "Cradle to Cradle," a manifesto advocating the design of products with many lifecycles, such as bottles made solely from biodegradable materials. His new book "The Upcycle" expands on these ideas by applying design solutions to global environmental challenges like food scarcity, clean water and climate change. McDonough urges us to think beyond simply minimizing our impact and to envision a world in which everything we do actually improves the environment.
The California Report | Wednesday, Apr 17, 2013, 8:50 AM
California's cap-and-trade program is the first of its size and scale in the country. As such, it has attracted attention and lawsuits from environmentalists on one side and business groups on the other. Now, the conservative Pacific Legal Foundation alleges that the program's charge for carbon emissions violates California law because it constitutes a tax -- and taxes in California require approval by a two-thirds majority in both houses of the state Legislature.
Forum | Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013, 10:00 AM
San Francisco billionaire, investor, philanthropist and environmentalist Tom Steyer has emerged as a political force in California in recent years, backing two successful environmental ballot measures. Now the former hedge fund manager is taking a greater role on the national stage, particularly in the fight against climate change. He was even in the running to become President Obama's next energy secretary.
Forum | Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013, 10:00 AM
"There is no prior period of change that remotely resembles what humanity is about to experience," writes Al Gore in his new book "The Future." And he's not just talking about climate change. Gore explores the six forces he says will reshape our world in the years to come. The former vice president, Nobel Peace Prize-winning environmentalist and entrepreneur joins us in the studio. We'll talk about the book as well as the controversial recent sale of his cable network Current TV to Al Jazeera, for which he reportedly earned $100 million.