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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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Shrinking Arctic Sea Ice May Have Fueled Last Summer's Massive Global Dust Storm

Dec. 3
By Erik Anderson

San Diego scientists have linked melting sea ice in the Arctic to the massive dust storm that began in Africa and eventually hit the United States.

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San Diego Getting Strong, Dry Winds From Santa Ana

Dec. 2
By Erik Anderson

San Diego’s National Weather Service is issuing a red flag warning for the region’s mountains because as dry, windy conditions are expected to persist this week.

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San Diego Coastal Marshes May Become Important Tools To Battle Climate Change

Dec. 1
By Erik Anderson

San Diego researchers and environmentalists are taking a close look at a pocket habitat that may become an important tool as the climate changes.

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GM Flips To California's Side In Pollution Fight With Trump

Nov. 23
Tom Krisher / Associated Press

General Motors says it will no longer support the Trump administration in legal efforts to end California’s right to set its own clean-air standards. CEO Mary Barra said in a letter Monday to environmental groups that GM will pull out of the lawsuit and it urges other automakers to do so.

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Roundtable: San Diego's Staggering COVID-19 Surge

Nov. 20
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

New efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in San Diego, Amazon's Jeff Bezos donates millions to help local climate change research, and a major development in Mission Valley gets final approval from the city.

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San Diego County Still Working On Climate Action Plan

Nov. 19
By Erik Anderson

San Diego County is still trying to develop a climate action plan that allows for housing growth, while protecting the environment, and meets state goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Robotic Floats Will Collect New Data On How Climate Change Is Affecting Our Oceans

Nov. 16
By Alison St John

Scripps Institution of Oceanography is part of a consortium that will deploy 500 new robotic floats, to collect data about what is going on under the surface of the ocean as the planet warms.

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San Diego Scientists Hope Plants Can Store A Lot More Carbon

Nov. 12
By Erik Anderson

Salk Institute researchers hope to make plants much more efficient at catching and storing carbon.

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City Council Approves 'Complete Communities' Housing Plan

Nov. 9
By Andrew Bowen

Mayor Kevin Faulconer won approval for two changes to city development regulations, aiming to encourage more affordable housing while also creating a new funding stream for bike and pedestrian infrastructure.

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With 'Complete Communities,' Faulconer Pushes One Final Affordable Housing Plan

Nov. 6
By Andrew Bowen

With only a month left in office, Mayor Kevin Faulconer is hoping to win City Council approval for a plan that aims to incentivize more housing in urban areas while also reducing car travel citywide.

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The Politics Of Climate Change Largely Set Aside In Pandemic Year

Nov. 2
By Erik Anderson

A warming climate was a key talking point for national political candidates last year, but then the pandemic happened.

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San Diego Scientists Poised To Deploy New Ocean Monitoring Devices

Oct. 30
By Erik Anderson

The worlds ocean are going to be more closely monitored thanks to a major National Science Foundation grant.

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For The West’s Drinking Water, Wildfire Concerns Linger Long After Smoke Clears

Oct. 28
Luke Runyon / KUNC

For many communities in the West, the water that flows out of kitchen faucets and bathroom showerheads starts high up in the mountains. This summer’s record-breaking wildfires have reduced some of those headwater forests to burnt trees and heaps of ash.

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San Diego Scientists Track The Region's Biggest Rainmakers

Oct. 28
By Erik Anderson

San Diego researchers are using weather balloons to track big storm systems that move through the region.

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In Yellowstone, America’s 'First Water Park,' Decades-Old Blaze Marked Start Of Megafire Era

Oct. 26
Robyn Vincent / KHOL

The wildfires ushered in a chapter of massive, frequent blazes as well as a new understanding of the ecological process.

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