Lauren Sommer

Lauren Sommer appears in the following:

California May Have A Way To Block Trump's Offshore Drilling Push

Thursday, February 08, 2018

In the 1980s, California towns used local zoning rules to block offshore oil and gas drilling. State lawmakers are considering a similar strategy to push back against the Trump administration.


As California's Population Grows, People Are Moving Into More Fire-Prone Areas

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

As Santa Rosa begins rebuilding from the wildfires, the city will have to address the alarming trend of sprawl in to fire-prone areas. It's a little-discussed aspect of the state's housing crisis.


U.S. Cities Struggle To Meet Tighter Flood Standards

Monday, October 02, 2017

More than a decade ago, after Hurricane Katrina, the federal government tightened flood protection standards. But a lot of communities are still having a hard time meeting them.


California Lawmakers Debate 100 Percent Clean Energy Mandate

Thursday, September 14, 2017

To some, it's a chance for the state to cement its environmental leadership as the Trump administration rolls back Obama-era climate change programs.


California Prepares For An Eclipse Of Its Solar Power

Friday, August 18, 2017

On a sunny day, California gets up to 40 percent of its energy from solar power. Monday's total eclipse isn't just a scientific spectacle, it's a major concern for the state's power grid.


Where Levees Fail In California, Nature Can Step In To Nurture Rivers

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

After devastating floods, California is looking to spend billions on dams and levees. Some are calling for a new approach to flood control, one that mimics nature instead of trying to contain it.


California Officials Pledge Not To Roll Back Fuel Efficiency Standards

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

California officials have said they will not back off the fuel efficiency standards established under Obama, despite the Trump administration's plan to revisit those standards.


With Climate Change, California Is Likely To See More Extreme Flooding

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Dams and levees across California are straining to handle winter storms. The state's water system was designed a century ago, before climate change was an issue. Now, the system is being rethought.


California Eyes Climate Leadership Role, But Trump's EPA Holds A Key On Cars

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

California Gov. Jerry Brown is vowing to lead the nation on climate change, as the Trump administration pulls back. But Trump's EPA could get in California's way over tougher car rules.


Forest Service Tries A Different Approach On Whether To Let Fires Burn

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Scientists say more low-intensity wildfires are needed to clear out overgrown forests to help prevent bigger fires. Deciding where and when to let fires burn is tricky.


High Demand, Low Supply: Colorado River Water Crisis Hits Across The West

Friday, December 30, 2016

After years of drought and dropping water levels, the Colorado River is reaching a crisis point. Communities at each end of the river are looking at a variety of measures, from storage to sharing.


In The Battle To Save Frogs, Scientists Fight Fungus With Fungus

Saturday, September 10, 2016

A deadly fungus is devastating frog populations around the world. In California, scientists are racing to find a way to immunize one species, mountain yellow-legged frogs, against the fungus.


Planning For The Future Of A Park Where The Trees Have One Name

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.


California To Close State's Last Nuclear Power Plant

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.


Who's In Charge? Getting Western States To Agree On Sharing Renewable Energy

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.


Proposed Property Tax To Fight Climate Change Criticized As Unfair

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.


A Rare Look Inside The 'Gigafactory' Tesla Hopes Will Revolutionize Energy Use

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.


Solar And Wind Energy May Be Nice, But How Can We Store It?

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.


As Renewables Boom, Companies Explore Energy Storage Technology

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.


In California, Dealing With A Drought And Preparing For A Flood

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.