KQED Radio Staff
Science and Environment Reporter
Lauren covers environment and science as a reporter with QUEST - KQED's multiplatform science and environmental series. As part of her day job, she has scaled Sierra Nevada peaks, hunted for newts in the rain, and desperately tried to get her sea legs - all in pursuit of good radio. Originally from the Bay Area, Lauren attended Cornell University and has a background in environmental policy. Before joining KQED, she cruised bunny slopes as a ski instructor in Tahoe, California and ate croissants in France as a travel writer for Frommer's. Her work has appeared on Marketplace, Living on Earth, and NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered.
Stories (132 archives)
California regulators have released the state's first rules on hydraulic fracturing, the controversial oil and gas drilling technique better known as fracking. The state's first crack at fracking rules would require more disclosure from oil companies -- but it falls short of what some environmentalists had hoped for.
San Francisco voters will be weighing in on a big environmental question involving the city's water supply. It's stored at Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite Park. Backers of Measure F aim to eventually drain the reservoir and restore the Yosemite Valley, fulfilling a dream dating back to environmentalist John Muir. But critics, including Mayor Ed Lee and Senator Dianne Feinstein, see disaster if it passes.
This week, scientists from around the world are meeting in Monterey to discuss what they call the "other" climate change problem: the acidification of Earth's oceans. It happens as oceans absorb the carbon dioxide we add to the air through burning fossil fuels -- and it can be bad news for oysters, mussels and the marine food web.
What if the next time you were in an epic traffic jam, you could push a button, sit back and let your car drive itself? Thanks to companies like Google, robotic car technology isn't far off. This week, the state Legislature passed a bill that would set up rules for putting self-driving cars on the road. The governor now has 30 days to sign it -- but some are concerned the technology is moving faster than the regulations.
The National Park Service may expand its warning about a recent outbreak of hantavirus at Yosemite. Park officials are sifting through contact information for the 1,700 people potentially affected, to see if it makes sense to spread the alert internationally as well as domestically. Hantavirus has killed two people and sickened another who visited Yosemite over the summer.