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The California Report | Wednesday, May 23, 2012, 8:50 AM

Cleaning Up the Cloud

"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

Easing Pressure on the Delta

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.



THIS WEEK in Northern California | Friday, May 04, 2012, 7:30 PM

Climate Watch Conversation: Margaret Davidson, Coastal Services Director of NOAA

Threats posed by rising sea levels and extreme weather patterns are changing the way California's coastal communities plan for the future. Senior Climate Watch editor Craig Miller talks with National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration's Margaret Davidson about the impact of climate change on Bay Area shoreline, most visibly along San Francisco's Ocean Beach.



The California Report | Friday, May 04, 2012, 8:50 AM

Clear Lake Provides Clues to Future Climate

State and local officials are under increasing pressure to plan for the changes that California will see in the decades ahead with its shifting climate. They need answers about what those changes will look like and mean for the state. Scientists are searching for those answers on several fronts, from marshes to mountaintops, to the bottom of California's oldest lake.



The California Report | Friday, Apr 20, 2012, 4:30 PM

The Changing Sound of Foghorns

For generations they've competed with seagulls as the signature sound of coastal America. But that "signature sound" of the foghorn isn't what it used to be. Listen carefully, and you'll hear the traditional seaside soundscape changing.



Forum | Friday, Apr 20, 2012, 9:00 AM

Is Clean Tech Funding Drying Up?

Federal funding for clean technologies reached an all-time high in 2009, but a new study finds that money will dry up over the next two years. As a result, the report predicts more clean-tech companies are likely to go bankrupt or be consolidated. We talk to the report's authors. What impact is this economic uncertainty having on green innovation, and how will it affect the Bay Area's economy?



Forum | Tuesday, Apr 10, 2012, 9:30 AM

San Francisco's Coast and the Rising Sea

Parts of San Francisco's Ocean Beach have been sliding into the sea, and with climate change, the erosion is expected to get much worse. We discuss a new plan to protect San Francisco's coast.



The California Report | Friday, Apr 06, 2012, 4:30 PM

Putting the Brakes on the World's Largest Solar Project

The solar energy industry has been a bright spot in California's economy. That's especially true in desert communities with lots of sunshine. Blythe, in the southeast corner of the state, was excited about a huge solar project planned in the Mojave Desert there. So when the developer declared bankruptcy this week, it raised some questions about the industry's future.



The California Report | Monday, Apr 02, 2012, 8:50 AM

A Preview of California's Changing Coastline?

Southern California seems to have escaped the winter with no devastating landslides. But some coastal Southlanders live with moving earth almost on a daily basis -- a problem likely to be compounded by the rising seas and more extreme weather of a changing climate. The shifting Palos Verdes Peninsula may provide a preview of things to come for the California coast.



The California Report | Tuesday, Feb 28, 2012, 8:50 AM

Drought Looms for Central Valley Farmers

Snow has returned to the Sierra, but probably not enough to dramatically change expectations for the mountain snowpack. With the dry winter across the region, no one's expecting a miracle from today's monthly snow survey. Farmers are bracing for a growing season challenged by drought.



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