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 (123 archives)
All that rain we got in December got us thinking that the drought has ended. Most parts of California are on track for a record-dry January that likely means a fourth straight year of drought. Where did all the rain and snow go? The answer has been sitting over our heads for weeks.
Just north of the Bay Area, there's a stretch of more than 300,000 acres that could become California's largest national monument. It runs from Lake Berryessa in Napa County 100 miles north to the Snow Mountain Wilderness, in the Mendocino National Forest. For more than a decade, conservationists have sought special federal protection for the scenic landscapes. Their future may be in the hands of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, who recently came to the Bay Area to hear the pros and cons. We spoke to Jewell about that, and other issues on the federal lands that make up nearly half of California.
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.