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Climate Change Desk

The urgency of addressing human causes of climate change has long been apparent. To amplify this issue that's paramount to us all, KPBS has launched a Climate Change Desk to step up our coverage of this existential threat including reported stories and interviews with experts and newsmakers.

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District Attorney Warns Valley Fire Victims Of Scammers

Sept. 18
By Jacob Aere

San Diego County's District Attorney is warning residents affected by the Valley Fire to watch out for scams and solicitations by unlicensed contractors.

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Unhealthy Air Quality From Wildfires Putting Vulnerable Communities At Risk

Sept. 15
By Tania Thorne

As fires continue burning in California, San Diego County has advised vulnerable populations to stay indoors due to poor air quality caused by particles from the smoke.

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Newsom Gently Confronts Trump On Climate Change

Sept. 14
Adam Beam / Associated Press

California Gov. Gavin Newsom was respectful with President Donald Trump about climate change during his visit to the state. Trump traveled to California on Monday for a briefing about the massive wildfires that have burned throughout the state this year.

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters as h...

Trump Spurns Science On Climate: 'Don't Think Science Knows'

Sept. 14
Will Weissert, Aamer Madhani, Jonathan Lemire and Ellen Knickmeyer / Associated Press

With the smell of California wildfires in the air, President Donald Trump on Monday ignored the scientific consensus that climate change is playing a central role in West Coast infernos. He reiterated his unfounded claim that poor forest management is to blame.

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The University Of California Is Taking The Lead On Phasing Out Single-Use Plastics

Sept. 8
By Alison St John

Legislation to reduce single-use plastics failed to pass the California Legislature this year, but the University of California has committed to phasing out single use plastics on its 10 campuses in the next ten years.

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San Diego Water Managers Seek Better Rain Forecast Information

Sept. 1
By Erik Anderson

Scripps Institution of Oceanography researchers look at helping water managers get better rain forecast information.

Scripps Pier, where the ocean temperature has b...

Ocean Water Has Record Temperature Off San Diego Coast

Aug. 26
By Erik Anderson

Ocean temperature off San Diego's Scripps Pier is the highest it's been in more than 100 years of testing.

The ocean washes over rocks that are designed t...

State Urges Officials Not To Postpone Planning For Sea-Level Rise

Aug. 18
By Alison St John

A California report urges local and state governments not to get distracted by COVID-19 from planning ahead for rising seas.

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SANDAG Bucks History Of Widening Freeways In New Transportation Plan

Aug. 14
By Andrew Bowen

The regional transportation planning agency wants to make big investments in trains and buses while also creating a new network of toll and HOV lanes on freeways.

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San Diego Wants Public Input On Update To 2015 Climate Action Plan

Aug. 13
By Andrew Bowen

Activists are urging the city to set a new goal of "carbon neutrality," or a net zero carbon footprint, by 2050 or sooner.

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Judge Allows North Park Bike Lane Project To Proceed Despite Lawsuit

Aug. 6
By Andrew Bowen

The ruling by a Superior Court judge means new bike lanes on a section of 30th Street in North Park could be in place as soon as September.

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New Data Shows Antarctica Ice Sheets Shrinking At Historical Rates

Aug. 11
By Erik Anderson

Scripps Institution of Oceanogrpahy reasearchers are among the team that helped create a new historical record of shrinking ice sheets near the south pole.

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San Diego Groups Coalesce Around Local Green New Deal

Aug. 10
By Erik Anderson

San Diego environment organizations, social justice groups and political officials are getting together around a Green New Deal to improve the local environment.

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Researchers Warn A Warming Ocean Threatens Giant Kelp Forests

Aug. 4
By Erik Anderson

Giant Kelp have survived off the Southern California coast for hundreds of years, but the iconic plant may be in trouble as the ocean warms.

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New MTS Chief Sharon Cooney: Safety 'Underlies Everything We Do'

Aug. 3
By Andrew Bowen

The Metropolitan Transit System got a new CEO, Sharon Cooney, after the sudden death of her predecessor in May. She spoke with KPBS about her priorities.

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