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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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San Diego Climate Advocates Push For Green New Deal

Aug. 19
By Erik Anderson

Climate advocate rally in City Heights to support passage of President Joe Biden's budget plan which would fund major new government spending on climate friendly initiatives.

Following the Dixie Fire, flames burn in a tree...

Fires Harming California's Efforts To Curb Climate Change

Aug. 18
Brian Melley and Terence Chea / Associated Press

California's top fire official says blazes raging across Northern California are wiping out forests that are central to plans to reduce carbon emissions and are testing projects designed to protect communities.

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You've Heard Of The Peace Corps, AmeriCorps; How About Climate Action Corps?

Aug. 17
By Emilyn Mohebbi, Maureen Cavanaugh

New first-in-the-nation program in California focuses on bringing climate change solutions to some of the state’s most vulnerable communities.

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Wind Forecasts Brings New Worries To California Fire Lines

Aug. 16
By Associated Press

Firefighters battling flames in Northern California forests are girding for new bouts of windy weather, and a utility has warned thousands of customers it might cut their electricity to prevent new fires from igniting if gusts damage power lines.

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Forest Service Maxed Out As Wildfires Break Across US West

Aug. 13
Eugene Garcia and Daisy Nguyen / Associated Press

The U.S. Forest Service said Friday it’s operating in crisis mode, fully deploying firefighters and maxing out its support system as wildfires continue to break out across the U.S. West.

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Roundtable: Confronting The Climate Emergency

Aug. 13
By Bennett Lacy

We devote this week's episode to the new IPCC report on global climate change and examine the political and business challenges of addressing climate change and its causes here in San Diego.

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Oceanside Moves Ahead On Sand Capture Plan

Aug. 11
By Erik Anderson

Oceanside city officials will continue to explore a plan to bring more sand to the city's shrinking beaches. But it is not clear if the project will ever get approved.

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Nearly 900 Buildings Destroyed By Massive California Fire

Aug. 10
By Associated Press

California’s largest single wildfire in recorded history is running through forestlands as fire crews try to protect rural communities from flames that have destroyed hundreds of homes.

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Air Quality Regulations Could Bring Major Changes To Sport Fishing Industry

Aug. 9
By Tania Thorne

An effort to improve California's air quality could have unintended consequences for sport fishing. Boat owners say the proposal could cost them their businesses.

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UN Issues Code Red On Climate

Aug. 9
By Erik Anderson

The United Nations report on the climate paints some possible stark outcomes is no changes are made in the amount of carbon released into the air.

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New Book Analyzes 'High Conflict' Of Divisive Political Issues

Aug. 9
By Harrison Patiño , Jade Hindmon

A new book by journalist and author Amanda Ripley takes aim at how discourse surrounding controversial topics can become toxic.

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California Hydroelectric Plant Shut Down As Water Level Drops

Aug. 6
By Associated Press

Drought-stricken California has shut down one of its largest hydroelectric plants because there’s not enough water to power it.

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Drought Prompts California To Limit Some Water Diversions

Aug. 3
Adam Beam / Associated Press

California regulators say some farmers will have to stop taking water out of major rivers and streams because of a severe drought.

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Even In An Epically Dry Year Water Flows Into Parched Colorado River Delta

Aug. 3
Luke Runyon / KUNC

Scientists and conservation groups are trying a new and more targeted strategy to bring water back to the final 100 miles of the Colorado River this year. It’s an attempt to reconnect portions of the river left dry from decades of overuse, and it’s happening in one of the driest years the basin has ever seen.

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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.