Lauren Sommer appears in the following:
Monday, April 18, 2016
Tesla is building what it says is the world's largest battery factory. The scale is expected to drive down the cost of electric cars and batteries that homeowners can use to store surplus solar power.
Tuesday, April 05, 2016
Renewable energy is taking off across the nation, but storing the energy is still a problem that is challenging companies to innovate, with solutions ranging from molten salt to ice.
Monday, April 04, 2016
Batteries can store energy for later, but companies are looking for cheaper alternatives. Three reporters examine technologies that employ air, salt and ice.
Friday, March 18, 2016
Why are some California reservoirs releasing water even though the state is going through an extreme drought? Turns out it's to prevent an even bigger disaster. But the strategy may change soon.
Friday, January 01, 2016
As homeowners embrace solar, utilities are making less money, and that's shaking up their business model. Companies in California and Georgia are handling the growth in dramatically different ways.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
World leaders are set to meet in Paris, trying to agree on how to combat climate change. Also attending will be California Gov. Jerry Brown, who is spearheading his own international climate movement.
Saturday, November 07, 2015
State officials have closed both recreational and commercial fishing for Dungeness and rock crab on the California coast north of Santa Barbara to the Oregon border, due to a large algae bloom that's making the crab unsafe for consumption.
The bloom, created by an organism called Pseudo-nitzschia, produces a neurotoxin ...
Monday, September 28, 2015
Californians have really stepped up water conservation due to the drought. Some cities are selling almost half as much water as they normally do. But there's a big downside for water ...
Tuesday, September 08, 2015
Using divers to monitor whether life is returning to the 100 or so marine protected areas is pricey. Now, advances in DNA sequencing mean scientists just need a seawater sample to do a marine census.
Monday, July 20, 2015
"Crazy wouldn't adequately describe what we're going through," a water official says of parched conditions in the state's Central Valley. Buying treated sewage water could restore some sanity.
Saturday, January 03, 2015
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 mov...
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 i...
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
Millions of birds migrate through California this time of year, but the waterways and wetlands they rely on for food and rest are largely dry due to the ongoing drought. So farmers are keeping their fields flooded to make temporary wetlands, providing a place for migrating birds to rest and ...