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Forum | Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014, 9:00 AM

Should Gov. Brown Declare a Statewide Drought?

Last year was the driest year on record in California -- and not much rainfall is expected in the near future. Leading lawmakers and farmers in the San Joaquin Valley are calling on Governor Jerry Brown to officially declare a drought, which would trigger conservation measures. We discuss the implications of drought conditions and what should be done.

Forum | Wednesday, Dec 18, 2013, 10:00 AM

Former U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu

Steven Chu made history as the first Asian-American -- and the first scientist and Nobel Prize-winner -- to head the U.S. Department of Energy. Chu served during Obama's first term, where he oversaw a $35 billion-plus government investment in clean energy, before returning to work as a physics professor at Stanford. He continues to speak out on the dangers of climate change, and he joins us to talk about his time in Washington, his current work on sustainable energy and the intersection between science and public policy.

The California Report | Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013, 8:50 AM

California Enters Regional Climate Pact

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

San Diego Communities Grapple With Shrinking Beaches

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

Poll: Majority of Californians Oppose Fracking

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 on America's Energy Future

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

Riverside County Cuts Solar Fees; Others May Follow

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

Bill to Overhaul Environmental Law Passes First Hurdle

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

Bill McDonough: 'Upcycling' and Sustainable Design

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

Lawsuit: Calif. Cap-and-Trade is Unconstitutional

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.

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