Climate Watch Radio Archive
An archive of Climate Watch radio reports and related coverage from across KQED
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.
THIS WEEK in Northern California | Friday, Jun 15, 2012, 7:30 PM
Richard Muller is not a climatologist, yet he is one of the most controversial figures in climate science. Until recently, the UC Berkeley physicist was a sturdy skeptic of the science behind global warming. But last fall, after he conducted a comprehensive analysis of more than two hundred years of global temperature data, he emerged an apparent convert. Now Muller's set to publish a new book that could thrust him in the spotlight again; "Energy for Future Presidents" casts a critical eye on many current "green energy" solutions while championing more controversial methods like nuclear power and natural gas fracturing or "fracking."
The California Report | Monday, Jun 11, 2012, 8:50 AM
Here in California we're constantly prodded to save energy -- and to save water, too. But what if we told you that by saving one, you can save both? That's because water and power are inextricably bound together, a fact that is starting to get the attention of policymakers.
The California Report | Friday, Jun 08, 2012, 4:30 PM
Take a drive around California's Delta and you'll see how it works to create acres of low-lying, fertile farmland. But farming there can be risky business. That same Delta has flooded dozens of farms over the past half century as aging levees have collapsed. Now, scientists are encouraging farmers to switch to a new crop which has all but disappeared in the Delta: wetlands.
The California Report | Wednesday, May 23, 2012, 8:50 AM
"Cloud" computing sounds so clean. We imagine all our music, apps and photos stored somewhere "out there." In truth, data lives in data centers that run on electricity -- and there's a fight going on between Greenpeace and Apple over the energy source behind Apple's iCloud.
The California Report | Friday, May 11, 2012, 4:30 PM
California is always just one long drought away from a crisis. At the center of the state's complicated and aging water system is the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Polls show many Californians aren't sure what or where the Delta is -- but the fate of cities, farmers and even fish depends on it. Efforts to relieve some of that pressure on the Delta often result in political deadlock. We look at the latest effort to break the Delta log jam.