Climate Watch Radio Archive
An archive of Climate Watch radio reports and related coverage from across KQED
The California Report | Friday, Jan 25, 2013, 4:30 PM
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
The California Report | Wednesday, Sep 12, 2012, 8:50 AM
It's mosquito season, and that means that West Nile virus is back. The Midwest outbreak this summer is the worst in U.S. history, with 50 deaths so far in Texas alone. Fewer people have gotten sick in California, but the disease showed up here earlier than usual. And scientists are concerned that as the climate warms, West Nile and other mosquito-borne illnesses will gain a stronger foothold here.
The California Report | Tuesday, Sep 04, 2012, 8:50 AM
There's a growing scientific consensus that heat waves are becoming longer and hotter, and they're hitting more frequently. State officials are talking about how to respond. A plan from the state Environmental Protection Agency includes recommendations to plant more trees in cities and protect key parts of the power grid from overload.