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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.

Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., left, and Sen. Ted Cru...

Roundtable: The Climate Crisis Gets Political

Feb. 19
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

A deep freeze in Texas and elsewhere becomes the latest political fight over how to deal with climate change, San Diego's push to step up enforcement of COVID-19 violations doesn't materialize and local college students weigh in on the debate over whether to forgive student loan debt.

Wind turbines dot the landscape along Interstat...

Public Power Agency Preparing Launch With Clean Energy Emphasis

Feb. 18
By Andrew Bowen

The new government entity, called San Diego Community Power, will launch March 1 with half of its electricity coming from renewable sources.

A seawall is constructed along the beach in Del...

San Diego Aims for Resilience To Face Climate Crisis

Feb. 16
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

Heat, flooding, drought, wildfires. San Diego, facing the four horsemen of the climate apocalypse, has realized its own climate action plan won't provide enough armor. So, the city is looking for resilience, by finding ways to mitigate the most dire effects of climate change in our future.

Storm clouds are pictured over downtown San Die...

Conservation Groups Announce Intent To Sue EPA Over Air Pollution In San Diego

Feb. 11
By City News Service

Two conservation groups Thursday filed a formal notice of their intent to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its alleged failure to ensure San Diego County and other regions across the country rein in harmful air pollution.

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Scripps Researcher Finds Ozone-Eating Chemical Level Falling

Feb. 10
By Erik Anderson

Ozone-eating chemicals surged unexpectedly in 2013, but levels are falling again after scientists identify rogue manufacturers.

Gray skies hang over San Diego Bay as a storm m...

SDG&E, UC San Diego Partner To Study Extreme Weather

Feb. 4
By Erik Anderson

UC San Diego researchers are sharing resources to better understand how climate-driven extreme weather will impact the Southern California region.

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San Diego Kicks Off Public Outreach On Pending Utility Deals

Jan. 29
By Andrew Bowen

City officials are trying to gather input on what should be required of the city's electric and gas utility.

Border Angels Executive Director Dulce Garcia s...

Roundtable: A New Approach At The Border

Jan. 29
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

President Joe Biden takes steps to undo some of former President Trump's controversial immigration policies, California's public schools experience a significant drop in enrollment during COVID-19 and a San Diego Congressman joins a bipartisan effort to deal with climate change.

The San Diego skyline is pictured in this undat...

San Diego County Sets Plan For Zero Carbon Emissions By 2035

Jan. 28
By City News Service

Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer said a zero-carbon policy will reduce the burden on working families and provide well-paying jobs, and thanked the hundreds of residents who support the plan and signed a petition in favor of it.

In this file photo taken June 1, 2011, a cow wa...

Students Ask San Diego School Board's Help In Halting New Oil Drilling Permits

Jan. 26
By Erik Anderson

San Diego high school students hope their school board joins them in the fight against fossil fuels.

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Southern California Rainfall Likely To Be Below Average For Year

Jan. 22
By City News Service

The Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego has placed the odds of reaching an average amount of precipitation in Southern California this year at just 20%.

The Colorado River Basin continues to be sapped...

Upper Colorado River Drought Plan Triggered For First Time

Jan. 22
Luke Runyon / KUNC

The 24-month study released in January by the Bureau of Reclamation, which projects two years of operations at the river’s biggest reservoirs, showed Lake Powell possibly dipping below an elevation of 3,525 feet above sea level in 2022.

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New President Gives Environmentalists Hope For Planet's Future

Jan. 21
By Erik Anderson

Environmentalists are hopeful the Biden administration will reverse the destructive climate policies under the Trump administration.

President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday in Wilming...

San Diego Climate Leaders Weigh In On Biden's Climate Plan

Jan. 18
By Brooke Ruth, Mark Sauer

Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president this week. A new administration means a new approach to the existential threat of climate change, a threat the president-elect calls, “the greatest challenge facing our nation and the world."

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Santa Ana Winds, High Temperatures Stoke Wildfire Fears

Jan. 15
By Erik Anderson

Wildfire fears come in the midst of a planetary hot spell — 2020 was one of the hottest years on record.

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