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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.

Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, ...

Business Report: Climate Change And Corporate America

Jan. 24
By Bennett Lacy

Global business leaders focus on climate change at the World Economic Forum; a major partnership with San Diego and the U.S. Navy on a new transit hub moves forward; and the high demand for Super Bowl tickets.

A settling pond, which collects water and allow...

Trump Removes Protections For Waterways, Aiding Developers

Jan. 23
By Associated Press

The Trump administration lifted federal protections Thursday for some of the nation's millions of miles of streams, arroyos and wetlands, completing one of its most far-reaching environmental rollbacks.

U.S. Geological Survey ecologist Todd Esque hol...

Climate Change, And Our Response To It, Is Making Life Hard For Desert Tortoises

Jan. 16
Luke Runyon/KUER

Few species are equipped to handle a hot and dry climate better than the desert tortoise. But with climate change making their home hotter and drier, and energy projects meant to limit carbon emissions springing up in the desert, the tortoises are being hit with a one-two punch.

The Dave Johnson coal-fired power plant is silh...

Study Shows Coal Plant Shutdowns Save Lives and Crops

Jan. 8
By Shalina Chatlani

A study by UC San Diego showed that over the course of a decade coal plant shutdowns saved an estimated 26,000 lives and 570 million bushels of crops.

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

State Lawmakers To Again Consider Controversial Housing Bill

Jan. 7
By Andrew Bowen

Backers of Senate Bill 50 say it will tackle the state's dual crises of housing scarcity and climate change. Opponents claim it will push low-income residents out of their neighborhoods.

Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, ...

Roundtable: Top Stories Of 2019

Dec. 27, 2019
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

We look back at some of the biggest stories from the past year with our panel of San Diego journalists.

Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, ...

The Good News In The Fight Against Climate Change

Dec. 24, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Mark Sauer

On KPBS Christmas Eve Midday Edition, we revisit interviews with people who are taking action on climate change in 2019.

The sun shining through palm trees in San Diego...

San Diego Reaches 2020 Climate Goals Two Years Early

Dec. 23, 2019
By Andrew Bowen

The city's annual Climate Action Plan report shows the city is ahead of schedule in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. But while the overall picture appears good, some areas have seen little to no progress.

Tease photo for 'Our Wild Calling' Examines The Benef...

'Our Wild Calling' Examines The Benefits Of Connecting With Animals

Dec. 17, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Mark Sauer

San Diego author, Richard Louv, will be speaking about his new book “Our Wild Calling: How Connecting With Animals Can Transform Our Lives — And Save Theirs” Tuesday at Balboa Park.

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

Report: Sea Level Could Rise At Least 7 Feet Along California's Coastline By 2100

Dec. 16, 2019
By Alison St John, John Carroll

A new report from the California Legislative Analyst's Office predicts sea level rise will cost many millions of dollars to mitigate. It places much of that responsibility on local governments.

A Blue Line MTS Trolley train in Barrio Logan, ...

MTS Leaders Discuss Possibilities For Transit Ballot Measure

Dec. 12, 2019
By Andrew Bowen

Metropolitan Transit System officials Thursday debated what public transit improvements should be in a potential tax measure for 2020 ballot. A key question is whether to fund a new trolley line or focus on improving the existing bus and trolley network.

Trash piled up at the Miramar Landfill, June 24...

City: Despite Zero Waste Goal, Miramar Landfill Needs To Be Expanded

Dec. 10, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Jade Hindmon

A plan to allow the city of San Diego's only landfill to pile waste 25 feet higher got a key approval last week.

Storm clouds over Ocean Beach, November 19, 2019.

California Could See Storm Damages Costing A Billion Dollars Each Year

Dec. 6, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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."

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