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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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Big Oil Will Answer Some Uncomfortable Questions In California Court

May 28
By Erik Anderson

Imperial Beach's attempt to make Big Oil pay for damage from climate change will be heard in state court.

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Big Oil Loses Appeal, Climate Suits Go To California Courts

May 26
By Associated Press

The lawsuits claim the companies created a public nuisance and should pay for sea walls and other infrastructure to protect against the effects of climate change — construction that could cost tens of billions of dollars.

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San Diego Is Shrinking Carbon Footprint During Coronavirus Shutdown

May 19
By Erik Anderson

Teleworking is a revelation for climate advocates coming up with ways to shrink San Diego's carbon footprint.

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City Wants To Hear From San Diegans To Help Update Its Climate Action Plan

May 13
By Brooke Ruth, Mark Sauer

One of the goals of the city's Climate Action Plan is to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2035.

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San Diego's Hot Weather Conditions Raise Risk Of Wildfires

May 4
By Erik Anderson

The threat of wildfire is rising with the temperature as an unseasonable warm spell rolls into the San Diego region.

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Where Is San Diego Creating 'Slow Streets' During Coronavirus Pandemic?

April 30
By Andrew Bowen

The pilot program will limit some streets to local traffic and emergency vehicles only, allowing pedestrians to practice better social distancing during the pandemic by using the street when necessary.

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Biologists Bring Red-Legged Frog Back To San Diego, Days Before Virus Could Have Derailed Plans

April 27
By Shalina Chatlani

At the last minute, San Diego researchers and biologists were able to bring the California red-legged frog from Mexico back to Southern California, where it had been gone for almost two decades.

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Pop Culture And Climate Change

April 23
By Beth Accomando

Max Brooks' "World War Z" book and Steven Soderbergh's film "Contagion" accurately predicted many aspects of today's current pandemic and even suggested ways to better prepare for such global catastrophes. But since they were works of fiction most people dismissed them as mere entertainment. Here's how pop culture has been considering the notion of climate change for more than a century.

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San Diego Climate Activists Celebrated Earth Day Online

April 23
By Erik Anderson

San Diego is celebrated the 50th anniversary of Earth Day mostly from the comfort of home.

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San Diego Has An April Without An Earth Day In Balboa Park

April 23
By Erik Anderson

San Diego Earth Fair organizers hope the coronavirus pandemic eases enough for them to hold a make-up event in the fall.

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More Biking And Walking, Fewer Cars: How Coronavirus Is Changing San Diego Streets

April 23
By Andrew Bowen

Advocates are taking the opportunity to ask city officials to make changes that will make social distancing easier on once busy roadways.

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The Urgent Question On Earth Day Remains How To Avoid The Consequences Of Climate Change

April 22
By Alison St John, Megan Burke

David Victor, a professor of international relations at the UC San Diego, believes technological innovation can help overcome the hurdle of the costs required for governments to take action.

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As Earth Day Turns 50, Organizers Recall Successes That Followed The First

April 22
By Claire Trageser

Organizers said many of the goals laid out at the first Earth Day 1970 were achieved in 10 years. They say recent decades have featured lots of studies but little action.

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Study: Warming Makes US West Megadrought Worst In Modern Age

April 16
Seth Borenstein / Associated Press

A new study finds that much of the western United States is baking in what scientists call an emerging megadrought. Thursday's study in the journal Science blames almost half the problem on man-made global warming, which scientists say is only getting worse.

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Were You At The First Earth Day In San Diego In 1970?

April 14
By KPBS News

On the 50-year anniversary of Earth Day, KPBS is looking to talk to people who were at the original celebrations.

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