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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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State Urges Officials Not To Postpone Planning For Sea-Level Rise

Aug. 18
By Alison St John

A California report urges local and state governments not to get distracted by COVID-19 from planning ahead for rising seas.

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SANDAG Bucks History Of Widening Freeways In New Transportation Plan

Aug. 14
By Andrew Bowen

The regional transportation planning agency wants to make big investments in trains and buses while also creating a new network of toll and HOV lanes on freeways.

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San Diego Wants Public Input On Update To 2015 Climate Action Plan

Aug. 13
By Andrew Bowen

Activists are urging the city to set a new goal of "carbon neutrality," or a net zero carbon footprint, by 2050 or sooner.

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Judge Allows North Park Bike Lane Project To Proceed Despite Lawsuit

Aug. 6
By Andrew Bowen

The ruling by a Superior Court judge means new bike lanes on a section of 30th Street in North Park could be in place as soon as September.

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New Data Shows Antarctica Ice Sheets Shrinking At Historical Rates

Aug. 11
By Erik Anderson

Scripps Institution of Oceanogrpahy reasearchers are among the team that helped create a new historical record of shrinking ice sheets near the south pole.

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San Diego Groups Coalesce Around Local Green New Deal

Aug. 10
By Erik Anderson

San Diego environment organizations, social justice groups and political officials are getting together around a Green New Deal to improve the local environment.

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Researchers Warn A Warming Ocean Threatens Giant Kelp Forests

Aug. 4
By Erik Anderson

Giant Kelp have survived off the Southern California coast for hundreds of years, but the iconic plant may be in trouble as the ocean warms.

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New MTS Chief Sharon Cooney: Safety 'Underlies Everything We Do'

Aug. 3
By Andrew Bowen

The Metropolitan Transit System got a new CEO, Sharon Cooney, after the sudden death of her predecessor in May. She spoke with KPBS about her priorities.

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Roundtable: San Diego Braces For A Rent Crisis

July 31
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

A patchwork of local eviction moratoriums could end in the weeks ahead and possibly lead to a rent crisis brought on by the COVID-19 economic collapse, major economic interests urge action on climate change, and a new podcast series takes a look at the experiences of Generation Z.

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The Promise Of Nuclear Fusion

July 28
By Marissa Cabrera, Mark Sauer

San Diego-based General Atomics is playing a role in a major international project that could pave the way for commercial nuclear fusion power plants and provide a virtually unlimited source of clean energy.

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Coronado-Based Nonprofit Wins National Climate Prize

July 28
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

Citizens' Climate Lobby, a Coronado-based nonprofit advocating for national policies to address climate change, has won the 2020 Keeling Curve Prize for its work to advance bipartisan climate change mitigation policies.

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Teleworking Can Reduce Car Travel — But Not As Much As You May Think

July 24
By Andrew Bowen

Those who work from home are taking more nonessential trips by car, and are generating more vehicle travel through the use of home delivery services, according to the San Diego Association of Governments.

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Plastic May Soon Be Part Of California Roads (And That's A Good Thing)

July 9
By Erik Anderson

California's roads may soon be made of plastic, an idea that was born and is being developed in San Diego.

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County Supervisors Decline To Appeal Ruling On Climate Plan

July 8
By City News Service

On June 12, the 4th District Court of Appeal in San Diego also found that reliance on carbon offsets was not legal, and shouldn't be used as a mechanism to allow general plan amendments to move forward.

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Activists File Petition To Protect Endangered Butterfly In San Diego County

June 29
By City News Service

The petition, filed with the California Fish and Game Commission, notes that the Quino checkerspot was once one of the most common butterflies in Southern California. But with the rapid spread of urban sprawl, the butterfly has lost more than 75% of its historic habitat and in 1997 was listed as endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act.