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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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Supervisors To Debate Fees For Development In Car-Centric Areas

May 17
By Andrew Bowen

Environmental groups say the proposal would help focus the region's growth in urban communities. But critics say it will make housing even less affordable for low and middle-income families.

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New Research Finds Climate Models Mostly Get It Right

May 17
By Erik Anderson

Climate modeling is mostly right when it predicts a changing climate, but forecasts may be too conservative.

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Water Crisis ‘Couldn’t Be Worse’ On Oregon-California Border

May 16
By Associated Press

A severe drought is creating a water crisis not seen in more than a century for farmers and federally protected fish along the Oregon-California border.

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Climate Advocates Push San Diego's Sempra Energy For Change

May 14
By Erik Anderson

Climate advocate rallied to urge San Diego-based Sempra Energy to change how it does business and to stop lobbying for fossil fuels.

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Scientists Decode The Physics Of Wave Surfing Pelicans

May 10
By Erik Anderson

UC San Diego researchers have figured out the math that explains how pelicans can fly for miles along the coast while barely flapping their wings.

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San Diego Researcher: Rainforests Thrive Because Of Diversity

May 7
By Erik Anderson

New research shows that rainforest habitats thrive because of the diversity of species, in fact, the habitat may need that diversity.

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Local Activists Say San Diego Isn't Moving Fast Enough On Climate Change

May 6
By Harrison Patiño , Maureen Cavanaugh

Local climate activists are questioning whether or not the region is doing the work necessary to achieve its climate action goals and play its part in stopping a climate disaster.

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SD County Supervisors OK Sustainability, Native Plant Policies

May 5
By City News Service

San Diego County supervisors Wednesday unanimously approved policies focused on environmental sustainability, and offered residents and businesses new tools to expand the natural habitat.

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Sea Otters — The Guardians Of Monterey Bay’s Kelp Forest

May 4
Erika Mahoney / KAZU

California’s underwater kelp forests are in trouble. A combination of climate change and hungry purple sea urchins have decimated these vital forests. But the Monterey Peninsula has a kelp forest guardian — sea otters.

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Southern Fire 90% Contained As California Braces For Another Active Wildfire Season

May 3
By Jacob Aere

Firefighters are continuing to battle a brush fire east of Julian that broke out over the weekend.

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The Promise Of Carbon Capture For Addressing Climate Change

April 22
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Some scientists are now saying the only way to achieve a limit to global temperature rise is to pair emission reduction efforts with a massive investment in carbon capture technology.

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Mayor Gloria Begins Pilot Program To Charge City Vehicles With Solar Power

April 22
By City News Service

Mayor Todd Gloria Thursday announced a pilot program that will use solar power to charge San Diego's municipal electric vehicle fleet as part of his climate action goal to cut the city's greenhouse gas emissions 50% by 2035.

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Gov. Newsom Declares Drought Emergency In 2 Counties

April 21
By Associated Press

Wednesday’s announcement affects Mendocino and Sonoma counties. It comes as California is expected to face another devastating wildfire season after a winter with little precipitation.

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Dems Push $25B To Electrify School Buses, A Biden Priority

April 21
Hope Yen / Associated Press

School buses make up 90% of the nation’s bus fleet and typically carry 25 million children each day. Emissions from diesel engines may contribute to respiratory illnesses in children and have been linked to poor academic performance.

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Extended Dry Period Suggests State Could Be In 'Mega Drought'

April 20
By Harrison Patiño , Jade Hindmon

As climate experts point to the possibility of a so-called "mega drought," California's urban and agricultural sectors must prepare for a new normal in extreme weather.

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