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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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Local Group Of Leaders Launch 'Accelerate To Zero Emissions' Coalition

July 29
By City News Service

A group of local leaders representing public, private and nonprofit organizations announced the launch of Accelerate to Zero Emissions — a regional collaborative dedicated to curbing air pollution and climate change through clean transportation.

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Surge In Cyclist Deaths Prompts Calls For Faster Safety Upgrades

July 26
By Andrew Bowen

Five cyclists have died on San Diego County streets over the past month. Activists say local leaders must speed up the construction of protected bike lanes.

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Warming Rivers In US West Killing Fish, Imperiling Industry

July 26
Daisy Nguyen / Associated Press

Baby salmon are dying by the thousands in one California river and an entire run of endangered salmon could be wiped out in another. Fishermen who make their living off adult salmon, once they enter the Pacific Ocean, are sounding the alarm as blistering heat waves and extended drought in the U.S. West raise water temperatures and imperil fish from Idaho to California.

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Cyclists, Business Owners Review New 30th Street Bike Lanes In North Park

July 23
By Andrew Bowen

The protected bike lanes have caused deep divisions among North Park residents and business owners. Cyclists, meanwhile, love them.

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New Scripps Institution Of Oceanography Research Vessel Runs On Hydrogen

July 23
By Erik Anderson

The Scripps Institution of Oceanography is getting a new research ship, and it will be much better for the environment.

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Annual Bighorn Sheep Count In Anza-Borrego Canceled, Ending 50-Year Tradition

July 19
By Claire Trageser

The heatwaves that have rippled across the Western United States this summer are causing problems for wildlife researchers. In the desert outside San Diego, an annual bighorn sheep count was cancelled after a volunteer died of heatstroke.

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San Diego County Agencies Ready To Fight Wildfires

July 16
By Melissa Mae

San Diego County fire officials say they're ready to respond to wildfires, and encourage residents to have an evacuation plan.

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Supervisors Preview County Plan Focusing On Carbon Reduction, Jobs

July 14
By City News Service

According to the county, the Regional Decarbonization Framework "is intended to provide science-based pathways for reducing carbon that are tailored to the key sectors of San Diego's economy."

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Numbers Explain How And Why West Bakes, Burns And Dries Out

July 14
Seth Borenstein / AP Science Writer

The US West is getting hit with a triple whammy of record heat, megadrought and wildfires — and just a handful of numbers explains the how and why of this wild and deadly weather. A potential all-time record or two may have been set in Death Valley.

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UCSD Study Finds Some Urban Neighborhoods Are Hotter Than Others

July 13
By Erik Anderson

A San Diego study finds predominantly minority neighborhoods are typically hotter than predominantly white neighborhoods. Density and vegetation may be the reasons why.

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Audit Faults San Diego For Poor Implementation Of Climate Action Plan

July 12
By Andrew Bowen

San Diego’s auditor found city departments are far behind the goals set in the 2015 Climate Action Plan, and that the city has no estimate for how much it will cost to fully implement the plan.

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San Diego To Install Green Energy 'Microgrids' At Eight Buildings

July 7
By Andrew Bowen

The city buildings, which include rec centers, police and fire stations, will soon be powered by an on-site system of solar panels and giant batteries that can keep the lights on during blackouts.

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California Grid Managers Worry About Summer Power Supply

July 7
By Erik Anderson

California power managers worry heat, drought and wildfires might make it hard for them to keep electricity flowing to all of the state's power customers this summer.

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Report Underscores Need For Climate Resilience In San Diego Region

July 7
By Harrison Patiño , Jade Hindmon

A recent report by the American Planning Association and Scripps Institution of Oceanography emphasizes the need for better coordination from the region's institutions in preparing for worsening climate change.

Nora Vargas in this undated campaign photo.

Supervisor Vargas Talks About Environmental Justice At The County

July 7
By Erik Anderson

San Diego County Supervisors voted to create an office of environmental and climate justice by fall. District 1 supervisor Nora Vargas pushed to make that happen.

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