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)
The drought is a serious worry for everybody involved in California agriculture. You need water to grow everything from avocados to wine grapes. Napa Valley vintners are praying for rain, and taking practical steps in the meantime.
After measuring the Sierra snowpack Friday the California Department of Water Resources called the situation "dismal," adding conditions are "worse than some of the most devastating droughts the state has ever seen." And scientists say climate change is expected to make managing the state?s water supply even tougher. But California is doing its part to reduce carbon emissions -- last year launching the nation's broadest cap-and-trade program against industrial greenhouse gases. Still, California's journey toward meeting its climate goals has just begun, seven years after passing a landmark law.
These days Governor Brown can barely go anywhere without being confronted by anti-fracking protestors. "Fear of fracking" is rampant -- and that has the federal government's top land manager worried.
Moving forward with a proposal to raise the water level of California's biggest reservoir will have an array of spillover effects -- not the least of which are on the rivers flowing into Shasta Lake, and the people who live, play and pray along them. As we find out, the McCloud River could be the key to whether the plan goes forward.
Well into this week, air travelers were still feeling reverberations from the crash of Asiana Flight 214 at San Francisco International Airport. Beyond the tragedy of the crash, the episode was a reminder of just how fragile our air transportation is.