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California's Carbon Archive

An archive of Climate Watch radio reports and related coverage from across KQED about carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in California.

The California Report | Wednesday, Apr 17, 2013, 8:50 AM

Lawsuit: Calif. Cap-and-Trade is Unconstitutional

California's cap-and-trade program is the first of its size and scale in the country. As such, it has attracted attention and lawsuits from environmentalists on one side and business groups on the other. Now, the conservative Pacific Legal Foundation alleges that the program's charge for carbon emissions violates California law because it constitutes a tax -- and taxes in California require approval by a two-thirds majority in both houses of the state Legislature.

The California Report | Wednesday, Nov 14, 2012, 8:50 AM

Calif. Carbon Trading Market Opens for Business

Today marks a milestone in California's quest to combat climate change. The state is holding its first cap-and-trade auction, where companies will pay for permission to emit greenhouse gases.

Forum | Tuesday, Nov 13, 2012, 9:00 AM

Calif. Carbon Market Set to Open

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.

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.

The California Report | Friday, Feb 03, 2012, 8:50 AM

The Complex Process of Reducing Carbon Intensity

The next big piece of California's groundbreaking climate strategy is to clean up the fuels we use, reducing the greenhouse gases that cause global warming. The Low Carbon Fuel Standard calls for a 10 percent reduction in the average "carbon intensity" of fuels by the end of the decade. But Midwestern ethanol producers are challenging the regulation in court.

The California Report | Thursday, Oct 20, 2011, 8:50 AM

State Puts Final Stamp on Cap-and-Trade

After a journey of nearly five years, California regulators today will formally adopt the nation's most comprehensive "cap-and-trade" system for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The California Report | Friday, Sep 30, 2011, 8:50 AM

Miles to Go: The Carrot and the Stick

If you're driving to work alone today, you have lots of company.

Most Californians do, and that's a problem for local planners trying to meet new state targets for curbing greenhouse gas emissions.

So what would make us change our behavior?

The California Report | Thursday, Jan 13, 2011, 8:50 AM

New Partners in Carbon Tracking

The Scripps Institution of Oceanography is teaming up with Earth Networks, a private-sector initiative, to build the world's most comprehensive network for tracking greenhouse gas emissions around the globe.

The California Report | Thursday, Dec 16, 2010, 8:50 AM

Cap-and-Trade Vote Today

Later today, regulators in Sacramento are likely to cast a landmark vote approving the nation's most ambitious system for carbon trading, known as "cap-and-trade." It's part of California's ambitious effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.

The California Report | Monday, Dec 13, 2010, 8:50 AM

California Plan May Affect Deforestation Abroad

U.N. climate talks concluded in Cancun over the weekend without a major agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions. But negotiators inched ahead on some fronts. One of them: protecting forests to keep carbon out of the atmosphere.

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