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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.

A research team on the frozen land of Antarctic...

Scripps Researcher Drills For Planet's Oldest Ice In Antarctica

Nov. 26, 2019
By City News Service

The research trip is part of a cordial international race to find the ice, which will give geologists and climate scientists new insight into Earth's climate history.

Food in the landfill.

How To Reduce Food Waste This Thanksgiving

Nov. 25, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

Individuals throw out an average of 20 pounds of food per month, making food the single largest item disposed of in landfills in the United States.

San Diego State University Master's student Gab...

Oysters To Serve As Biological Sensors In San Diego Estuaries

Nov. 25, 2019
By Erik Anderson

San Diego researchers hope oysters give them a unique peek into the health of local estuaries.

The El Carrizo Reservoir in Tijuana is only at ...

After Wet Winter, Why Is Tijuana Running Low On Water?

Nov. 22, 2019
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Earlier this month Tijuana officials announced it would conduct wide-ranging water shutoffs for the next two months, in an attempt to replenish a vital reservoir that is perilously low.

The San Diego Police Department seal is seen on...

Roundtable: Alarming Rate Of Law Enforcement Officers With Criminal Records

Nov. 15, 2019
By Aly Sadik, Mark Sauer

A collaborative inquiry finds hundreds of California law enforcement officers with criminal backgrounds. The nation's highest court could decide the future for nearly a million undocumented immigrants. Wildfires destroy more than structures, a look at the impact on survivors' mental health.

Waves as seen from the Ocean Beach pier, July 2...

California Gets Good Marks Planning For Sea-Level Rise

Nov. 15, 2019
By Erik Anderson

California gets the nation’s best marks for protecting the coast in the latest Heal the Bay state-of-the-beach survey.

The Encina Power Station in Carlsbad on Jan 24,...

California Coastkeeper Alliance Releases Climate Change Plan For Coastal Areas

Nov. 13, 2019
By City News Service

The California Coastkeeper Alliance released its Ocean Climate Resiliency Action Plan Wednesday, a roadmap to mitigate the effects of climate change and sea level rise on coastal areas like northern San Diego County.

A tree with carved up bark stands near the San ...

Climate Activists Cast Shade On San Diego's Ambitious Tree Planting Efforts

Nov. 13, 2019
By Erik Anderson

An ambitious effort to boost the number and size of trees in the city of San Diego faces a difficult timetable.

The Trump administration has formally notified ...

San Diego Climate Researcher Joins Thousands Of Scientists In Declaring A 'Climate Emergency'

Nov. 7, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Mark Sauer

More than 11,000 climate scientists signed a declaration this week warning of a "climate emergency" and urging the need for new ways to measure the effects of a warming planet.

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

State Officials Praise SANDAG's Housing Plan

Nov. 7, 2019
By Andrew Bowen

State housing officials have given high marks to the San Diego Association of Governments for the planning agency's proposal to require more housing in communities with a lot of jobs and access to mass transit.

A boat navigates at night next to large iceberg...

San Diego Catholic Leaders Get Grim Picture On Climate Change From Scripps Scientist

Nov. 4, 2019
By Erik Anderson

San Diego Catholics got a dark view of the planet’s future from one the world’s top climate change scientists.

Volunteers clear ash from a burnt-out home in t...

Roundtable: Wildfires Burn Across California And Northern Baja

Nov. 1, 2019
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

A week of strong Santa Ana winds lead to destructive fires across the state and into Baja California and precautionary power outages in San Diego County. Plus, several car companies join President Trump's push to strip California of its right to set fuel mileage standards. And, the social media rebrand for the San Diego State University College Republicans.

Board members of the newly formed San Diego Reg...

San Diego Regional Energy Agency Holds Inaugural Board Meeting

Oct. 31, 2019
By Andrew Bowen

Elected officials from San Diego, La Mesa, Encinitas, Chula Vista and Imperial Beach held the inaugural meeting of a new government agency that aims to provide cheaper and greener electricity.

Attendees march in the People's Climate March i...

San Diego Nonprofit Helps Grandparents Join The Fight Against Climate Change

Oct. 30, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Mark Sauer

Stay Cool for Grandkids aims to inform and engage grandparents and seniors with the goal of them becoming advocates on climate change issues.

Community activists discuss the region's climat...

Making Equity A Central Part Of 'San Diego Green New Deal'

Oct. 28, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Jade Hindmon

An event hosted by Climate Action Campaign, a San Diego nonprofit focused on stopping the climate crisis through policy action, will feature panel discussion on making equity a central part of its push for a "San Diego Green New Deal."