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Stories by Erik Anderson

California PTA Calls Climate Change A Children's Issue

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Climate change is a legacy that California's 9 million children will have to face, according to the state's Parent Teacher Association.

Environmentalists Work To Keep San Diego Beaches Clean

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Crowded beaches during Memorial Day weekend could lead to a lot of trash in the sand on Tuesday, but a local group is working to keep that from happening.

San Diego Soitec Solar Plant Sold, Future Uncertain

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A French semi-conductor company has given up on its venture into solar energy. Soitec has agreed to sell its solar business, including a San Diego factory.

Environmentalists Push For Alternatives To Adding Lanes To Route 94

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Transportation planners want to ease traffic congestion on state Route 94, which brings commuters in and out of downtown San Diego.

California Compares Favorably To Other Countries In The Clean Technology Arena

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California performs well against the rest of the world in the latest Green Innovation Index from the non-partisan think tank Next-10.

San Diego Rents Among Highest In Country

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California placed four cities in the top 10 list for residential rental rates.

Rare San Diego Rhino Dealing With Medical Issue

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A rare rhinoceros is getting medical care at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

San Diego Biologists Find New Populations Of Rare Plant

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Biologists have found six new populations of a rare San Diego plant that was thought to be extinct just a few decades ago.

San Diego Protesters Urge Peters To Oppose Fast-Tracking Trade Deal

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An international trade deal has raised concern among local political activists. Protesters are asking Rep. Scott Peters to take a stand.

San Diego's Chollas Creek May Get An Environmental Boost From New State Rules

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California is implementing tough new regulations designed to get trash out of the state's waterways.

San Diego Quality Of Life Dashboard Offers Mixed Review

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A regional quality of life index was positive in most of the 15 areas measured, but got neutral marks in some areas and poor marks in others.

San Diego County's Economy Showing Signs Of Strength

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The region's surging job market is driving another significant bump in a local index that tracks the economy.

Water Use Declines In Nation, California

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Water use around the country is falling even though the economy is growing.

Survey: Majority Of Americans Think Solar Is Important

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The value of solar and other energy efficient products is rising as far as the public is concerned, according to a Clean Edge survey.

Advocates Want California To Have More Energy Efficient Standards For Computer Monitors

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Computer monitors are in the crosshairs of consumer advocates who are looking for rules that reign in energy consumption.

Tijuana Estuary May Be An Early Indicator For Climate Change

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Researchers hope one of San Diego's last remaining coastal wetlands helps them understand the potential impact of climate change.

Monarch Butterflies In Crisis On The West Coast

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Populations of Monarch butterflies are declining in the west, but officials are optimistic the iconic insect's population can be revived.

San Diego Whale Bones Airlifted By Coast Guard For Research

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The effort was a training exercise and a public service to help the San Diego Natural History Museum's research on whales.

San Diego County Reboots Efforts To Fight Climate Change

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The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to rescind a plan that was widely panned by environmentalists and ultimately rejected by the courts.

Poll: Support For Legalizing Marijuana Rising In California

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Support for legalizing marijuana in California appears to be growing gradually stronger, amid talk of renewed efforts to bring a proposal to the state ballot to legalize its use.

California Scientist Says Marijuana Farms Are Hurting Endangered Species

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Marijuana growing operations are creating problems for some endangered species because the farms are using a lot of water and that's led to dried up streams.

California Solar Industry Works To Boost Diversity

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California's solar industry is looking to make sure ethnic diversity is part of an industry that is growing rapidly.

Sea Lion Rescues Hit All Time High In Southern California

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Malnourished sea lions are being rescued in record numbers along the coast. Scientist do not yet know why the animals are struggling.

Carlsbad Desalination Plant Gets Close To Making Fresh Water

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The largest desalination plant in the western hemisphere remains on track to open this fall.

Scientists Use Drones To Track Whales Off California Coast

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Southern California's whale-watching industry is reporting a busier than usual season along the coast this year. Good weather gets some of the credit, but researchers are also trying to figure out why the cetaceans appear to be doing well.

San Diego Watersheds Get Poor Water Quality Marks

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The lingering California drought is impacting water quality in San Diego's watersheds.

San Diego's Balboa Park Taps Water From An Unusual Source — Air Conditioners

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An enduring drought has put pressure on officials running Balboa Park to do a better job of managing the water. Creative thinking may have uncovered a new source of water.

San Diego Zoo Gets Funding To Help Save Northern White Rhinos

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The zoo, which is home to one northern white rhino, was awarded $110,000 by the Seaver Institute to fund whole genome sequencing.

Ban On Plastic Bags In California To Go Before Voters

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A trade group has turned in enough signatures to qualify a referendum on California's plastic bag ban law, suspending implementation of the nation's first statewide ban until voters weigh in on the November 2016 ballot.

Craft Beer Brewing A Success Story In San Diego

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San Diego brewpubs and craft breweries are making their impact felt in the local economy. The industry made a $600 million economic impact last year.

Sea Lions Struggle Along The California Coast

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Malnourished sea lion pups are turning up at rescue centers all along the West Coast. Federal officials say the problem will likely get worse before it gets better.

More Than 2,000 Trees Planted Along River In Santee

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Employees from a San Diego biotech company hope to offset paper consumption by planting the trees.

Military Contractors Talk Budgets, Technology In San Diego

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West 2015 is the largest gathering of defense contractors on the West Coast, and the conference is focused on the nation's naval forces.

Rhinos Near Extinction As San Diego Researchers Look For Answers

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The San Diego Zoological Society is used to successful interventions when it comes to species flirting with extinction. The recovery of the California condor is just one example. But the society's conservationists are on the verge of losing a battle.

Golf Tournament At Torrey Pines Helps Drive Tourism Economy

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The nearly perfect weather at this past weekend's Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines is widely seen as a boost for the region's tourism economy.

West Coast Port Employers To Cut Shifts Amid Labor Dispute

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This is the latest escalation in a labor dispute with dockworkers that threatens to shut down ports vital to U.S. trade with Asia.

Labor Dispute Could Push Up California Gas Prices

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A strike by about 10 percent of the nation's oil refinery workers is being felt in California. One refinery in the Bay Area is being shut down and that could push up the cost of fuel.

Officials: Why Isn't There More Solar On San Diego Apartment Buildings, Condos?

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The San Diego-based Center for Sustainable Energy is getting just over $700,000 to explore why efforts to encourage solar on multi-unit complexes are falling short.

Provocative Public Art Graces San Diego Waterfront

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An international public art project lands on the San Diego waterfront. The tall bronze sculptures aim to provoke discussions about freedom of expression.

San Diego County May Soon Have Campaign Donation Limits

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Supervisor Ron Roberts is seeking approval for a $20,000 contribution limit for countywide elections.

California Drought Squeezes Water Agencies

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California's punishing multi-year drought could put a financial squeeze on some of the state's water agencies.

Solana Beach Uses $1M Donation To Help Preserve Open Space

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A seaside patch of land gets a new name and a more secure future thanks to a gift.

San Diego Attorney Blasts State Commission President For Deleting Emails

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Maria Severson said California Public Utilities Commission's new president, Michael Picker, is deleting emails related to San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

Plan In the Works To Build Ferris Wheel On San Diego's Bayfront

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The project, called “The San Diego Skywheel at Discovery Point”, would be on Tuna Harbor Park next to the Midway Museum.

Attendance Zooms At Annual San Diego Auto Show

Lines stretched along the sidewalk on the second day of the San Diego International Auto Show.

Cold Storm Brings Snow To Unusual Areas In San Diego County

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San Diegans in some low-elevation areas woke up to snow on Wednesday morning.

US Home Price Growth Slows For 11th Consecutive Month

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Home prices have outpaced lackluster wage growth, leaving many potential buyers unable to afford homes and causing both sales and price growth to stall this year.

Storm Could Bring Snow To Unusual Areas In San Diego County

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The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for valley, mountain and desert areas from 4 p.m. Tuesday to 4 p.m. Wednesday, saying the snow level may drop to as low as 1,500 feet in some areas overnight.

Helicopter Used To Remove 60 Palm Trees From Tierrasanta Canyon

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The removal of the palm trees from San Diego's Shepard Canyon was part of an effort to preserve the habitat.

California Plastic Bag Ban May Soon Qualify For Ballot

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California voters may get a chance to decide the future of the state's new ban on single use plastic bags. The deadline to gather initiative signatures is a week away.

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