KQED Radio Staff
Craig is KQED's science editor, specializing in weather, climate, water & energy issues, with a little seismology thrown in just to shake things up. Prior to his current position, he launched and led the station's award-winning multimedia project, Climate Watch. Craig is also an accomplished writer/producer of television documentaries, with a focus on natural resource issues.
Stories (114 archives)
After a long, hot summer, Californians turn to the winter rainy season with the hope we get a good soaking this year. People talk about El Nino coming from the Pacific Ocean to save us, but the National Weather Service warned this week that's looking less and less likely with each passing month. Not that we should peg our hopes on any one weather factor.
The drought has vaulted to the top of of environmental concerns among Californians. A new poll on water issues from the Public Policy Institute of California serves up some surprises. More than half of respondents said they considered water supply to be a "big problem" in their part of the state. And 3 out of 4 in the PPIC survey favored "mandatory" requirements to reduce water use.
A new study out from UC Davis details the drought's impacts on farm country. Researchers estimate the California drought will inflict about $2.2 billion in losses on the state's farm economy this year, including the loss of more than 17,000 jobs. The analysis projects that about 430,000 farm acres will go unplanted for lack of water.
For the second time, NASA has had to scrub an attempt to put a new carbon-tracking satellite into space. Tuesday's try for the Orbiting Carbon Observatory, dubbed OCO-2, was aborted at 2:56am with less than one minute before launch. OCO-2 is designed to circle Earth from pole to pole, mapping CO2 behavior on a grid similar to the globe's lines of longitude. KQED Science Editor Craig Miller joins us from Vandenberg Air Force Base.
California is farther ahead than most states in terms of thinking of shrinking its carbon footprint. But the new federal energy rules just released will require changes, and they could prove costly.