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Lauren Sommer

Lauren Sommer
Science and Environment Reporter

Lauren is a radio reporter for KQED Science, specializing in water, energy and the environment. As part of her day job, she has scaled Sierra Nevada peaks, run from charging elephant seals and desperately tried to get her sea legs - all in pursuit of good radio. She has been recognized by the Society of Environmental Journalists and the National Edward R. Murrow Awards and is a recipient of the Harold Gilliam Award for Excellence in Environmental Reporting. Lauren has a degree from Cornell University and is originally from the Bay Area. She is also a regular contributor to NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

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The California Report | Feb 3, 2016 8:50 AM
Water Savings Down as Drought Rules Extended

With recent rainstorms drenching much of the state, you might think that water conservation is on the back burner. On Tuesday, California regulators voted to keep mandatory conservation rules in place well into the new year. Some water districts are already way behind.

The California Report | Jan 29, 2016 8:50 AM
California Preserves Solar Incentives in Defeat for Utilities

California solar companies are breathing a big sigh of relief today. Regulators voted to continue a rooftop solar incentive program over the objections of electric utilities.

The California Report | Aug 28, 2015 4:30 PM
Protecting Marine Life, One DNA Sequence at a Time

Until recently, if you wanted to study the ocean you had to actually get into the ocean. But big advances in genetic testing have revolutionized efforts to protect marine life in the waters off California, where DNA sequencing allows biologists to study fish and whales without ever having seen them.

The California Report | Aug 14, 2015 8:50 AM
California Officials Say Not to Bank on a Drenching El Nino

State officials are cautioning Californians that the massive El Nino weather pattern developing in the Pacific Ocean probably isn't enough to lift us out of drought. A state climatologist says three of the previous seven strong El Ninos left the state feeling a little dry. The warning follows yesterday's prediction by federal forecasters who say there's a 90% chance for a monster El Nino, the likes of which we've not seen in about 20 years.

The California Report | Jul 31, 2015 8:50 AM
California Gets a Water Conservation Scorecard

State water officials gave Californians their first real report card on Thursday. We found out which water districts are excelling and which are failing to meet mandatory water conservation rules. Almost 40 percent of urban water suppliers cut their water use dramatically, by 30 percent or more. About a third of water districts, 140 in all, fell short, mostly in Southern California.

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