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KQED's award-winning team of science reporters explores climate change, water, energy, toxics, biomedicine, digital health, astronomy and other topics that shape our lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a trusted news source, KQED Science tackles tough questions facing humanity in our time with thoughtful and engaging storytelling.
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KQED's award-winning team of science reporters explores climate change, water, energy, toxics, biomedicine, digital health, astronomy and other topics that shape our lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a trusted news source, KQED Science tackles tough questions facing humanity in our time with thoughtful and engaging storytelling.

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California Has Farmers Growing Weeds. Why? To Capture Carbon

4/22/2019
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California farmers are receiving millions of dollars to pull carbon out of the atmosphere, making the state home to some of the first official 'carbon farmers' in the country.

Duration:00:04:36

‘Do I Really Want to Know?’ The Quandary of Genetic Testing When You’re Pregnant

2/11/2019
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Why screening for hundreds of genetic diseases can lead to more questions than answers.

Duration:00:05:17

Shasta Dam Project Sets Up Another Trump-California Showdown

1/28/2019
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The Trump administration is laying the groundwork to enlarge California’s biggest reservoir. But the project runs afoul of both state law and the Winnemem Wintu tribe, which says the expansion would end up submerging its sacred sites.

Duration:00:06:57

So, It’s New Year’s Eve … Can You Prevent That Hangover?

12/31/2018
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All about that oh-so-special feeling you get after a night of heavy drinking, from the author of "Proof: The Science of Booze."

Duration:00:04:58

Spring Forward, Fall Back, or Neither: Why Changing Our Clocks Might Fade Into History

10/22/2018
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On November 6, Californians will weigh in on whether they want to continue changing their clocks twice a year. Proposition 7 on the statewide ballot would lay the groundwork for year-round Daylight Saving Time in the state. Lots of people hate switching between Standard and Daylight time, especially in March when we "spring forward" and lose an hour of sleep. Studies show this chronological hiccup is linked to increased rates of heart attacks, strokes and traffic accidents. This is due to...

Duration:00:07:34

Investigation Finds Home Can Be the Most Dangerous Place in a Heat Wave

10/22/2018
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It doesn't have to be that way. Every heat death is preventable. It's just going to take time, money, and a strong standard for warning people of danger.

Duration:00:07:27

Even in San Francisco, Heat Is Turning Deadly. That’s Not Something Colleen Loughman Expected

10/15/2018
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In the summer of 2017, heat waves killed 14 Bay Area residents. Officials called this climate-driven crisis a public health emergency. KQED examines who is vulnerable and why.

Duration:00:07:14

Should Californians Be Rebuilding Homes in a Fire Zone?

10/8/2018
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One year after devastating fires, the North Bay is grappling with how and where to rebuild.

Duration:00:07:17

Outlook Grim But Not Hopeless as Climate Summit Convenes in San Francisco

9/10/2018
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But scientists still insist that it's not too late to save ourselves from the most menacing impacts of global warming. What can another "summit" contribute?

Duration:00:07:32

A Glimpse Into the Future of Northern California Plant Life

8/17/2018
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A new, long-term art and science project at the University of California Santa Cruz tests possible scenarios for what gardens might look like 50 years from now as regional temperatures continue to rise.

Duration:00:07:19

Breathing Fire: California’s Central Valley Bears the Brunt of Harmful Wildfire Smoke

8/15/2018
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Worsening wildfires linked to climate change and forest management policies are causing unprecedented smoke pollution across the West and beyond, creating public health risks and undermining decades of air quality gains.

Duration:00:04:36

Wildfires Reignite Old Trauma for Survivors of Last October’s Blazes

8/4/2018
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In fire-torn parts of the West, some people now safe are struggling mightily when they again smell smoke or see an orange haze in the sky. That's normal, say therapists. And you can quench the fears.

Duration:00:05:30

Smoke-Chasers Help Predict Wildfire Behavior

8/1/2018
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Every big fire has a meteorologist whose job is to help figure out what the fire might do next. So it helps if that meteorologist has a smoke-chaser.

Duration:00:05:02

The Great Era of California Dam Building May Be Over. Here’s What’s Next

7/23/2018
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Storing water doesn't necessarily mean pouring a lot of concrete anymore -- and that's affecting which projects get funded.

Duration:00:07:38

Why California’s Best Strategy Against Wildfire Is Hardly Ever Used

7/16/2018
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Experts say it’s possible to avoid catastrophic harm to human and forest health by setting planned burns before human error, lightning or arson choose when fires start. But it's easier said than done.

Duration:00:07:32

Something Else Adding Fuel to California’s Fire Season: Warmer Nights

7/9/2018
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It's a little-known oddity about the changing climate: overnight low temperatures are rising faster than daytime highs. That's not good news for the fire season.

Duration:00:07:20

Oakland Zoo Makes Room for Big Predators. But Is it Enough?

7/2/2018
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The zoo says its new California Trail is designed to re-acquaint visitors with native species, including some long gone.

Duration:00:05:14

Let’s Talk Thor’s Hammer and Wakanda … Sciencewise

6/11/2018
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In Hollywood, it’s not all about getting the science right; it’s really about how science can inspire the twists and turns in a great story. We talk with the man who helps ignite that inspiration.

Duration:00:05:08

Proposition 68: Money for Parks, Beaches and Water Projects

5/24/2018
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California voters have not passed a statewide ballot measure to provide funding for parks, beaches, wildlife and forests since 2006. This measure provides 4.1 billion dollars for parks, beaches and water projects, with a focus on parks in low-income neighborhoods.

Duration:00:03:35

Proposition 72: Rainwater Capture Tax Break Passes Handily

5/21/2018
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Homeowners who install rainwater catchment systems would not have to pay property taxes on the home improvement, if voters pass Prop. 72 on June 5th.

Duration:00:03:25