Lauren Sommer

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Utilities Fight For Revenue Lost To Solar Power

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Solar energy had a banner year in 2014, but as more U.S. households make their own electricity, they're paying electric utilities less. Utility companies across the nation are fighting back.


How Too Many Trees Contribute To California's Drought

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

As the historic drought drags on, just about everyone wishes the state had gotten more water this year. That's largely up to snow and rainfall, but it also depends on trees in the state's mountains.


To Save A Species, Scientists Trick Jays With An Egg Bait-And-Switch

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Scientists hope to protect the endangered marbled murrelet with a new strategy: tainted decoy eggs that give the bird's predator a bit of tummy trouble.


One Year After Calif. Rim Fire, Debate Simmers Over Forest Recovery

Monday, August 18, 2014

This third-largest wildfire in California's history struck the area near Yosemite National Park. Since then, controversy has broken out over whether to log the trees and replant seedlings.


One Drought Solution Is A Riddle: How Do You Make Water Run Uphill?

Friday, June 13, 2014

California's severe drought is inspiring some creative thinking. In order to get water to Central Valley farms, Lauren Sommer of KQED reports that water districts are proposing to move water uphill by reversing the flow of the California Aqueduct.


A Bone Collector's Basement Of Animal Skulls Sees The Light

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Ray Bandar's skeletons aren't in his closet — they're in his basement. The naturalist has 7,000 animal skulls in his collection, and some are now on view at the California Academy of Sciences.


Farmers And Frackers Wrangle For Water In Shadow Of Calif. Drought

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

California's drought has developed an interesting relationship between farmers and oilers: California oil wells produce more water than oil, and Chevron filters that water and sells it to a local water district. Interest in the technology is growing in the Central Valley, but high costs and uneasy relations between oil and agriculture might get in the way.


Between Farmers And Frackers, Calif. Water Caught In Tussle

Monday, April 28, 2014

California's extreme drought has drawn battle lines over who gets water and who doesn't. As KQED's Lauren Sommer reports, fracking and farming are vying for freshwater in California's Central Valley.


Why Do Some Clouds Drop Rain, While Others Don't?

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

With little relief in sight for California's record drought, scientists are trying to learn why some clouds rain and other don't. As Lauren Sommer of KQED says, they're finding surprising answers.


Amid California Drought, Migrating Birds Enjoy Pop-Up Cuisine

Saturday, February 22, 2014

During the state's profound drought, farmers are keep their fields flooded to make temporary wetlands for migrating birds. They serve as pop-up pit stops to help birds put on fat for their journeys.


In The Midst Of The Polar Vortex, A Drought In California

Monday, January 27, 2014

In light of California Governor Jerry Brown's declaration of a drought emergency, Lauren Sommers, science and environmental reporter at KQED, discusses the political and environmental effects of the drought. 

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On The Trail Of A Mountain Lion, Hunters Hope To Help

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Mountain lions are slowly making a comeback, but they live at constant risk of getting hit by cars or shot. In Santa Cruz, Calif., one project tracks how the lions live — and it's already helping to protect the big cats nationwide.


Climate Change Leaves Hares Wearing The Wrong Colors

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Snowshoe hares rely on camouflage, turning white in the winter to match the snow, and then turning brown for the summer. But a changing climate could mean fewer days with snow on the ground, and more days when they're visible to prey.


Fixing Stove Hoods To Keep Pollution Out Of The Kitchen

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Range hoods are designed to capture the pollutants from your stove, but many models are not effective and it's hard for consumers to know how good a hood is. But researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab are developing a new standardized test that manufacturers can use to rate their range hoods.


Massive Solar Plant A Stepping Stone For Future Projects

Monday, July 29, 2013

The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California's Mojave Desert will power about 140,000 homes and be a boon to the state's renewable energy goals. But it was no slam dunk. Now, California is trying to bring conservationists and energy companies together to create a smoother path for future projects.


Navy Sonar Criticized For Harming Marine Mammals

Friday, April 26, 2013

The U.S. Navy is planning to expand training exercises off California and Hawaii, citing the need for military readiness. That's raising concerns about threatened whales and marine mammals, because sonar is known harm and, in some cases, kill them. The state of California is fighting the Navy's plan.


Tracking 'Killer Electrons' Help Predict Risks To Satellites

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Scientists say the sun is now in an active period, creating more space weather that could interfere with the satellites we depend on for TV, cellphones and weather forecasts. From member station KQED, Lauren Sommer reports that researchers are taking advantage of the weather to learn more about the Earth's magnetic field.


Telescope Targets Black Holes' Binges And Burps

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Black holes grow by eating space dust and gas — and the material swallowed up emits high-energy X-rays. Later this week, NASA's newest space telescope will start searching the universe for signs of these mealtimes in hopes of unlocking some of the secrets of black holes.