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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.

Storm clouds over Ocean Beach, November 19, 2019.

California Could See Storm Damages Costing A Billion Dollars Each Year

Dec. 6
By Erik Anderson

California can expect to sustain significant economic damage from storm systems known as atmospheric rivers.

Al Gore addresses the audience about climate ch...

Former VP Al Gore Warns Salk Audience Of Rapidly Warming Climate

Dec. 4
By Erik Anderson

The former vice president warns a San Diego audience that climate change is already happening.

Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, ...

UN Chief Warns Of 'Point Of No Return' On Climate Change

Dec. 2
By Associated Press

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Sunday that the world’s efforts to stop climate change have been "utterly inadequate" so far and there is a danger global warming could pass the "point of no return."

A research team on the frozen land of Antarctic...

Scripps Researcher Drills For Planet's Oldest Ice In Antarctica

Nov. 26
By City News Service

The research trip is part of a cordial international race to find the ice, which will give geologists and climate scientists new insight into Earth's climate history.

Food in the landfill.

How To Reduce Food Waste This Thanksgiving

Nov. 25
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Individuals throw out an average of 20 pounds of food per month, making food the single largest item disposed of in landfills in the United States.

San Diego State University Master's student Gab...

Oysters To Serve As Biological Sensors In San Diego Estuaries

Nov. 25
By Erik Anderson

San Diego researchers hope oysters give them a unique peek into the health of local estuaries.

The El Carrizo Reservoir in Tijuana is only at ...

After Wet Winter, Why Is Tijuana Running Low On Water?

Nov. 22
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Earlier this month Tijuana officials announced it would conduct wide-ranging water shutoffs for the next two months, in an attempt to replenish a vital reservoir that is perilously low.

The San Diego Police Department seal is seen on...

Roundtable: Alarming Rate Of Law Enforcement Officers With Criminal Records

Nov. 15
By Aly Sadik, Mark Sauer

A collaborative inquiry finds hundreds of California law enforcement officers with criminal backgrounds. The nation's highest court could decide the future for nearly a million undocumented immigrants. Wildfires destroy more than structures, a look at the impact on survivors' mental health.

Waves as seen from the Ocean Beach pier, July 2...

California Gets Good Marks Planning For Sea-Level Rise

Nov. 15
By Erik Anderson

California gets the nation’s best marks for protecting the coast in the latest Heal the Bay state-of-the-beach survey.

The Encina Power Station in Carlsbad on Jan 24,...

California Coastkeeper Alliance Releases Climate Change Plan For Coastal Areas

Nov. 13
By City News Service

The California Coastkeeper Alliance released its Ocean Climate Resiliency Action Plan Wednesday, a roadmap to mitigate the effects of climate change and sea level rise on coastal areas like northern San Diego County.

A tree with carved up bark stands near the San ...

Climate Activists Cast Shade On San Diego's Ambitious Tree Planting Efforts

Nov. 13
By Erik Anderson

An ambitious effort to boost the number and size of trees in the city of San Diego faces a difficult timetable.

The Trump administration has formally notified ...

San Diego Climate Researcher Joins Thousands Of Scientists In Declaring A 'Climate Emergency'

Nov. 7
By Brooke Ruth, Mark Sauer

More than 11,000 climate scientists signed a declaration this week warning of a "climate emergency" and urging the need for new ways to measure the effects of a warming planet.

The wood framing of a new apartment building go...

State Officials Praise SANDAG's Housing Plan

Nov. 7
By Andrew Bowen

State housing officials have given high marks to the San Diego Association of Governments for the planning agency's proposal to require more housing in communities with a lot of jobs and access to mass transit.

A boat navigates at night next to large iceberg...

San Diego Catholic Leaders Get Grim Picture On Climate Change From Scripps Scientist

Nov. 4
By Erik Anderson

San Diego Catholics got a dark view of the planet’s future from one the world’s top climate change scientists.

Volunteers clear ash from a burnt-out home in t...

Roundtable: Wildfires Burn Across California And Northern Baja

Nov. 1
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

A week of strong Santa Ana winds lead to destructive fires across the state and into Baja California and precautionary power outages in San Diego County. Plus, several car companies join President Trump's push to strip California of its right to set fuel mileage standards. And, the social media rebrand for the San Diego State University College Republicans.

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