Lauren Sommer appears in the following:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.