Lauren Sommer appears in the following:
Tuesday, August 02, 2016
In California's Joshua Tree National Park, scientists say the quirky trees are in trouble. The National Park Service is looking for ways to save them for future visitors to experience.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
California's last nuclear power plant will close by 2025 under a proposal announced Tuesday. Safety concerns are the main reason, but the Diablo Canyon plant produces enough power for 1.7 million homes. There's now a plan to replace the energy with renewables.
Monday, June 06, 2016
California has so much solar energy that some days, there's too much. One solution is to join forces across state borders. But in the West, that's sparking some not-so-neighborly opposition.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Voters in the San Francisco Bay Area will vote in June on a proposed property tax which would be used to restore wetlands to protect against rising sea levels. The tax is not based on property value.
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.