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Stories by Ed Joyce

Calif. Bans Sale And Possession Of Shark Fins

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California Governor Jerry Brown said Friday he signed a bill banning the sale, trade or possession of shark fins.

New Proposal For San Onofre Toll Road

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Remember the Foothill South toll road? The controversial road would have cut through a state park at San Onofre State Beach. The agency that wants to build it is back with another plan.

San Diego Agency Wants You To Rideshare

Throughout October solo drivers in San Diego County have lots of incentives to try commuting alternatives, including carpooling, vanpooling, biking and using using public transit.

Home Energy Audit Finds Potential Savings For Homeowner

A San Diego homeowner wanted to reduce her increasing utility bills. After a home energy audit, she was surprised how much energy her home loses and how much it would cost to change it.

Recycling Benefits Injured Troops At Home

A recycling company in San Diego is taking electronic items, whether working or not, and restoring them for use by injured troops.

'Red Tide' Brings Night Light Show To San Diego Beaches

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The ocean waters off San Diego have been treating us to a light show at night and a reddish brown colored surf by day, all caused by a red tide.

Calif. Beach Water Quality 'Steady' In 2011

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The environmental group Heal the Bay has released its 2011 End of Summer Beach Report Card.

Bass Populations Collapsing Off Our Coast, Scripps Says

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A Scripps Institution of Oceanography-led study finds overfishing of spawning areas and environmental conditions are behind the collapse of two important recreational fisheries off Southern California.

Feds Say West Coast Loggerhead Sea Turtles Endangered

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Two U.S. agencies say loggerhead sea turtles need greater protection.

Groups File Suit Over California Gnatcatcher

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The California gnatcatcher weighs less than an ounce - but it's in the middle of a heavyweight battle over whether it should remain federally protected.

San Diego County Gains New Source Of Electricity

A new hydroelectric project is now generating another source of electricity for residents of San Diego County.

Pump Station Failures During Blackout Raise Questions About Backup Power

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The power outage in San Diego County on Sept. 8 caused several sewage pumping stations to go offline, releasing millions of gallons of sewage into lagoons and waterways.

Power Consultant Offers Explanation For San Diego Blackout

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A former consultant at the San Onofre power plant explains how the blackout could have spread so far.

Scientists Creating 'Atlas' Of Atmosphere

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U.C. San Diego researchers and other scientists are wrapping up a project they said will generate the first detailed mapping of the global gases which affect the Earth's climate.

Edison: San Onofre Nuke Plant Ready For Quakes, Tsunami

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KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce interviewed Gil Alexander with Southern California Edison, which operates the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, about safety at the plant.

Fire Danger Elevated In Cleveland National Forest

If you're planning to spend time in the Cleveland National Forest during the holiday weekend, fire restrictions have been moved to "Elevated" due to hot temperatures and dry vegetation.

High Surf Pounds San Diego Beaches

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A high surf advisory is in effect in San Diego County through Friday night, as a southwest swell that originated from a powerful storm near New Zealand reaches Southern California.

La Jolla Beach Closed After Shark Sighting

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A two-mile stretch of San Diego coastline near Casa Reef in La Jolla is closed after several people spotted a dorsal fin.

Two State Beach Parks In San Diego Get Needed Funds

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Two state beaches in San Diego County are getting some needed money at a time when California is slicing budgets.

San Diego County Economy Remains Sluggish

An economic index for San Diego County increased slightly last month, but the indicators continue to reflect a sluggish economy.

Brush Fire Burning Near Pala

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A brush fire that burned more than 300 acres near Pala in San Diego's North County is 60 percent contained, according to Cal Fire.

Mission Beach Closed Again After Another Shark Sighting

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A stretch of water off Mission Beach was closed again after a surfer spotted a 14-inch dorsal fin in the water today, San Diego lifeguards said.

Bill To Ban Shark Finning In Calif. Moves To Full Senate

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A bill to ban the sale, possession and distribution of shark fins in California is headed to the full state Senate.

Calif. Shark Finning Bill Creates Cultural Divide

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More than 20,000 people have joined a viral campaign on Change.org asking California lawmakers to approve a bill banning the sale, possession or trade of shark fins in the state.

No Answers For Mysterious Odor In San Diego County

Tests of air samples taken from areas where people reported a "fuel-like" odor Wednesday have not indicated what the smell might have been or where it originated.

Mystery Odor In San Diego County May Remain A Mystery

We'll have to wait until Friday to find out just what a mysterious odor many in San Diego County reported smelling Wednesday afternoon.

Crosses On Public Property Near Julian Find New Home

A possible solution has been found to a controversial plan by Caltrans to remove three crosses on state Route 79 near Julian.

'Evil' Weevils Threaten California Palm Trees

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There's another pest causing concern for California agriculture officials. This time, exotic weevils.

Big Jump In San Diego County Fires Caused By Target Shooting

Cal Fire San Diego says there has been an increase in fires caused by target or recreational shooting across San Diego County.

New 'Green' Student Center For San Diego State

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If you drive by San Diego State University today, you'll notice a major landmark missing -- Aztec Center.

New San Diego Lifeguard Station Gets State Approval

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A state agency has approved plans for a new lifeguard tower and station at a popular San Diego beach.

Brown Pelicans Rehabbing At SeaWorld

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Eight young brown pelicans found in Arizona are being nursed back to health at SeaWorld San Diego.

San Diego Bay Sediment A 'Toxic Soup'

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There's a lot of harmful material at the bottom of San Diego Bay threatening marine life.

Look North Of San Diego For High Surf

Surf's up in the counties north of San Diego through Saturday night thanks to Hurricane Eugene.

Paint On Boat Hulls Fouling Shelter Island Waters

One of the causes of pollution in San Diego Bay is copper hull paint.

San Diego Company's Bluefin-Tuna Breeding A First

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A San Diego-based seafood company says it has spawned bluefin tuna naturally at their fish farm in Croatia.

Climate Change Health Risks In California Expected To Worsen

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California and other Western states are expected to see increased rates of extreme heat and drought due to climate change.

San Diego River Park Foundation Heading To White House

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The San Diego River Park Foundation has been selected as the 2011 Take Pride in America National Award winner for outstanding partner.

Groups Hail High Court Ruling On Challenge To Bag Ban

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The California Supreme Court rejected a challenge to a ban on single-use plastic bags in Manhattan Beach.

Fish Farming Gets Boost Locally From Federal Government

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The San Diego region figures to get a boost in jobs and seafood production from the federal government.

Officials Close Cedar Creek Falls

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To protect public safety the Cleveland National Forest is closing the San Diego River Gorge Trail and Cedar Creek Falls.

Calif. Power Supplies Adequate To Meet Summer Demand

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Forecasters say a warmer than normal summer is expected in Southern California. But utility officials say there should be enough electricity to handle demand.

New Study Finds Fish Eating Plastic In Pacific Ocean

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UC San Diego researchers found plastic in nearly 10 percent of fish species they collected in the North Pacific Ocean.

Report Shows Pollution Increased At Calif. Beaches In 2010

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A report released Wednesday shows California had persistent problems with pollution at its beaches last year.

San Diego Marine Protected Areas Considered

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A recent report says marine protected areas play a key role in preserving ocean fish species.

Key Vote Tuesday In Calif. On Shark Finning Bill

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Legislation to ban the sale, possession or trade of shark fins in California is up for a vote Tuesday in a state senate committee.

Judge Considers Challenge To Sunrise Powerlink Tuesday

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A federal judge Tuesday in San Diego will consider a challenge to the Sunrise Powerlink project.

Sanchez Gets Top Ranking On Coastal Commission

Several environmental groups have ranked the California Coastal Commissioners based on their votes to protect the coast in 2010.

Fire Season In U.S. Already One For The Record Books

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The National Interagency Fire Center predicts a normal wild-land fire season for Southern California from July through September.

Avocado Thieves Hit San Diego County Growers

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San Diego County avocado growers have a problem with pests. No, not insects, but thieves.