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The California Report | Wednesday, Sep 12, 2012, 8:50 AM

Climate Change May Mean More Mosquitoes -- And Diseases

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

Cal EPA Plans for Future Heat Waves

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

Expanding The Pool For Renewable Energy

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

Climate Change Speeds Up Loss of Historic Artifacts

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

Conservation Biologists Converge in Oakland

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

L.A. Gets Personalized Climate Change Forecast

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

Bringing California's Dams Up to Date

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

Climate Watch Conversation: Physicist Richard Muller

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

Water Needs Power

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

The Deadlocked Delta: Is Carbon Farming the Future?

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.

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