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Amy Standen is a science reporter for KQED whose work also appears on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Marketplace and other shows. She was a 2013-14 Rosalynn Carter Fellow for Mental Health Reporting and lives in San Francisco with her family.Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org and you can follow her on Twitter at @amystanden.
Stories (250 archives)
Even before the White House sounded the alarm on climate change this week, scientists reported that most of California is experiencing an extreme or even "exceptional" state of drought. That's the highest designation offered by the federal government. That means communities up and down the state must be cracking down on water wasters, right? Well, not exactly.
On Tuesday, President Obama signed a proclamation that adds six miles of Northern California coastline to the 1,100-mile California Coastal National Monument. Before today, the Monument comprised about 20,000 rocks, islands, and reefs humans could lay eyes on from afar. Tomorrow afternoon, a number of federal officials including Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell are expected to show up in Point Arena to celebrate.
For most people, putting cans and bottles into the recycling bin marks the last time they'll ever think about them. But there's a crisis in California's recycling program -- and some people say a simple change involving wine bottles could be the solution.
Thirty miles south of San Francisco, Martins Beach was once a hidden gem, known to just a handful of surfers and folks who rented cottages along the shore. Those days are over. The small beach has become ground zero for a protracted legal battle between locals and one Silicon Valley billionaire who wants to keep the public out.
People with serious epilepsy are debilitated by seizures. Surgery can cure the problem, but only after doctors learn exactly where and how seizures are triggered -- and that requires watching the human brain in action. We meet one patient who has volunteered to let scientists study his brain by opening it up.