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 (121 archives)
Federal climate scientists confirmed what many of us were already feeling: 2014 will go down as California's warmest year on record. Temperature records go back more than a century. KQED Science Editor Craig Miller explains what this has meant for California.
Gov. Jerry Brown is maintaining his large lead in the race for governor. The latest Public Policy Institute of California poll gives the Democrat a 21-point lead over Republican challenger Neel Kashkari. Six in 10 voters showed support for Proposition 1, a $7.5 billion package of water measures.
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.