Lauren Sommer

Lauren Sommer appears in the following:

Like Night And Day: How Two States' Utilities Approach Solar

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.


California, An Environmental Leader, Eyes A Key Role In Climate Talks

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.


Why A Neurotoxin Is Closing Crab Season In California

Saturday, November 07, 2015

State officials have closed recreational and commercial fishing for Dungeness and rock crab on the California coast, due to a large algae bloom that's making the crab unsafe for consumption.


California Cities Face Hidden Downside Of Water Conservation: Lost Revenue

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 ...


In California's Protected Waters, Counting Fish Without Getting Wet

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.


Drought-Stricken California Farmers Look To Tap Urban Wastewater

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.


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 mov...


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 i...


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 alr...


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 ...


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 Lawren...