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An archive of Climate Watch radio reports and related coverage from across KQED

Forum | Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013, 10:00 AM

Tom Steyer: Billionaire Investor Turned Climate Activist

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

Al Gore: Past, Present and 'Future'

"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.

The California Report | Friday, Jan 25, 2013, 4:30 PM

Regulators Overlook Climate Threat to Dams

The implications for California posed by climate change are huge. Much of the state's electricity comes from hydro-power projects, taking advantage of steep terrain and gushing mountain rivers to churn out cheap, clean power. But climate change threatens that dependence on heavy snow in the winter and heavy runoff in the spring -- and it's a problem federal regulators have chosen to ignore.

The California Report | Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012, 8:50 AM

First Round of 'Cap-and-Trade' Auctions Called Successful

The centerpiece of California's climate strategy is now in place, with the launch of its long-awaited market for greenhouse gas emissions. Officials certifying the auction of carbon pollution permits pronounced it an early success.

The California Report | Monday, Nov 19, 2012, 8:50 AM

China's 'Gridlock' May Slow Clean Energy Conversion

As the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy shows, the grid that provides our electricity can be a fragile thing. Building a modern, more resilient version will cost hundreds of billions of dollars. But most agree it's essential to a cleaner, more energy-efficient future. It's a challenge confronting California and the nation, as well as other nations -- notably China, where the aging grid is already proving to be an obstacle to "greening" that nation's energy production.

Forum | Thursday, Nov 15, 2012, 10:00 AM

Barbara Kingsolver

Every winter, millions of Monarch butterflies migrate to Mexico. But what if climate change altered their course and redirected them to a small town in Tennessee? That's the story of Barbara Kingsolver's latest book, "Flight Behavior." The author of "The Poisonwood Bible" joins us to talk about her background as a scientist, and to share her thoughts on climate change.

Forum | Tuesday, Nov 13, 2012, 9:00 AM

Calif. Carbon Market Set to Open

California is taking a closely watched step to cut greenhouse gas emissions through a new cap-and-trade program. On Wednesday, the state will open a carbon market that forces its biggest polluters to buy and sell permits to emit carbon dioxide. Some say cap-and-trade here could become either a model or a cautionary tale for others.

Forum | Tuesday, Oct 16, 2012, 10:00 AM

Coral Reefs Under Threat

Recent studies show that coral cover along Australia's Great Barrier Reef has shrunk by half since the mid '80s as warmer seas, storms and starfish colonies kill off organisms. We'll discuss the health and preservation of these fragile ecosystems.

Forum | Friday, Sep 28, 2012, 9:00 AM

Heat and Harvest: Climate Change and California's Farms

From citrus groves to tomato fields, California is home to a $30 billion agricultural industry. But rising temperatures and lower water levels, which some attribute to climate change, are hitting crops hard. The cherry industry alone lost $22 million last year. How are these changes affecting our farmers? We get an overview of the new documentary "Heat and Harvest," a co-production of KQED and the Center for Investigative Reporting.

The California Report | Tuesday, Sep 25, 2012, 8:50 AM

Scientists Focus on Ocean Acidification

This week, scientists from around the world are meeting in Monterey to discuss what they call the "other" climate change problem: the acidification of Earth's oceans. It happens as oceans absorb the carbon dioxide we add to the air through burning fossil fuels -- and it can be bad news for oysters, mussels and the marine food web.

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