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Stories by Ed Joyce

SDSU Adds School's Largest Solar Array

SDSU Adds School's Largest Solar Array

Oct. 11
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

San Diego State University has added a new solar array on top of a campus parking structure. The Solar PV system is the largest on campus.

Calif. Bans Sale And Possession Of Shark Fins

Calif. Bans Sale And Possession Of Shark Fins

Oct. 7
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

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

New Proposal For San Onofre Toll Road

Oct. 6
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

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

San Diego Agency Wants You To Rideshare

Oct. 5
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

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

Oct. 4
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio, Nicholas McVicker

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

Oct. 3
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

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

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

Sept. 29
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

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

Calif. Beach Water Quality 'Steady' In 2011

Sept. 27
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

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

Bass Populations Collapsing Off Our Coast, Scripps Says

Bass Populations Collapsing Off Our Coast, Scripps Says

Sept. 26
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

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

Feds Say West Coast Loggerhead Sea Turtles Endangered

Sept. 16
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

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

Groups File Suit Over California Gnatcatcher

Groups File Suit Over California Gnatcatcher

Sept. 15
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

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

Sept. 14
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

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 ...

Pump Station Failures During Blackout Raise Questions About Backup Power

Sept. 13
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

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

Power Consultant Offers Explanation For San Diego Blackout

Sept. 9
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

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

Scientists Creating 'Atlas' Of Atmosphere

Scientists Creating 'Atlas' Of Atmosphere

Sept. 7
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

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

Edison: San Onofre Nuke Plant Ready For Quakes, Tsunami

Sept. 6
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

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

Sept. 2
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

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

High Surf Pounds San Diego Beaches

Sept. 1
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio and City News Service

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

La Jolla Beach Closed After Shark Sighting

Aug. 31
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

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

Two State Beach Parks In San Diego Get Needed Funds

Aug. 31
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

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

Aug. 30
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

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

Brush Fire Burning Near Pala

Aug. 29
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio, Susan Murphy

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

Mission Beach Closed Again After Another Shark Sighting

Aug. 26
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio and City News Service

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

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

Aug. 25
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

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

Calif. Shark Finning Bill Creates Cultural Divide

Aug. 22
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

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

Aug. 19
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

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

Aug. 18
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

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

Aug. 17
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

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

'Evil' Weevils Threaten California Palm Trees

Aug. 16
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

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

Aug. 15
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

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

New 'Green' Student Center For San Diego State

Aug. 11
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

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

New San Diego Lifeguard Station Gets State Approval

Aug. 10
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

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

Brown Pelicans Rehabbing At SeaWorld

Brown Pelicans Rehabbing At SeaWorld

Aug. 9
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

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

San Diego Bay Sediment A 'Toxic Soup'

San Diego Bay Sediment A 'Toxic Soup'

Aug. 8
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

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

Paint On Boat Hulls Fouling Shelter Island Waters

Aug. 5
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

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

Look North Of San Diego For High Surf

Aug. 5
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

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

San Diego Company's Bluefin-Tuna Breeding A First

San Diego Company's Bluefin-Tuna Breeding A First

Aug. 4
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

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

Climate Change Health Risks In California Expected To Worsen

Aug. 3
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

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

San Diego River Park Foundation Heading To White House

July 15
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

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

Groups Hail High Court Ruling On Challenge To Bag Ban

July 14
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

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

Fish Farming Gets Boost Locally From Federal Government

July 11
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

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

Officials Close Cedar Creek Falls

Officials Close Cedar Creek Falls

July 8
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

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

Calif. Power Supplies Adequate To Meet Summer Demand

July 4
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

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

New Study Finds Fish Eating Plastic In Pacific Ocean

June 30
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

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

Report Shows Pollution Increased At Calif. Beaches In 2010

June 29
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

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

San Diego Marine Protected Areas Considered

San Diego Marine Protected Areas Considered

June 28
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

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

Key Vote Tuesday In Calif. On Shark Finning Bill

June 27
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

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

Judge Considers Challenge To Sunrise Powerlink Tuesday

June 20
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

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

Sanchez Gets Top Ranking On Coastal Commission

Sanchez Gets Top Ranking On Coastal Commission

June 16
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

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

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

June 14
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

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