Climate Watch Radio Archive
An archive of Climate Watch radio reports and related coverage from across KQED
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.
The California Report | Friday, Aug 17, 2012, 8:50 AM
Despite the state's push toward renewable energy, most Californians can't choose solar power at home -- perhaps they rent, don't have roofs with good exposure to the sun, or can't afford solar panels. But a bill moving through the state legislature may soon provide a way for more people to jump on board the clean energy bandwagon.
The California Report | Monday, Jul 30, 2012, 8:50 AM
Rising seas from warming oceans are generally seen as a threat to the future. But archaeologists are realizing that it's also a threat to the past. Coastal erosion is destroying Native American sites, including graves and places where people once cooked and camped.
The California Report | Monday, Jul 16, 2012, 8:50 AM
Scientists from around the United States are gathering in Oakland this week to attend the North American Congress for Conservation Biology. They're working to preserve biodiversity, from helping habitats adapt to sea level rise, to curbing the illegal trade in wildlife.
The California Report | Friday, Jun 22, 2012, 8:50 AM
The City and County of Los Angeles now has its very own climate predictions, thanks to a new UCLA study that took global science and for the first time, made it local. The numbers spell hotter days for L.A., and more of them.
The California Report | Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012, 8:50 AM
There are more than 1,400 dams in California. When the earliest of them was built, the goals were clear: store water, control floods and generate electricity. Since then, new priorities have been added, such as protecting endangered species, which makes relicensing the dams a very pricey and lengthy process.