Climate Change

Rising seas, droughts, invasive species, and fires are some of the impacts Northern California can expect as the world warms. Climate change is dramatically altering the San Francisco Bay Area’s ecosystems and raising profound questions among conservationists about how to help species best adapt to new conditions.

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Fish Forecast: Swimming Upstream Against Climate Change

January 14, 2014 by Jacoba Charles

The survey research that Peter Moyle started decades ago now has a dual purpose: It offers evidence for the free fall of native fish populations, but it also may ultimately contribute to one of the best opportunities to soften this decline.

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Q&A: The Long Bike Ride from Palo Alto to Tierra del Fuego

January 08, 2014 by Eric Simons

Over two years, David Kroodsma rode his bike 21,000 miles from Palo Alto to Tierra del Fuego and then from New York back home, to study and talk about climate change. A Q&A with the San Francisco-based climate journalist, scientist and educator, who's recently authored a book about his experiences.

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The Rise of Cyanobacteria at Pinto Lake

January 02, 2014 by Patricia Waldron

This past fall a cyanobacteria known as, Microcystis aeruginosa, spiked toxin levels above the state's safe recreational exposure limit at Watsonville’s Pinto Lake. Scientists and the community have begun tackling the problem and hope that conclusions drawn at Pinto Lake will help remedy cyanbacterial blooms elsewhere.

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Capturing King Tides Through Citizen Science

December 13, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

Since 2010 the California King Tides Initiative has been documenting king tide events through photography—presenting a very real picture of rising sea levels. This year, the project has expanded to include a citizen science program, that will help researchers ground climate models.

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In Dry Times, California Turns to Cloud Seeding

November 14, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

With the persistent drought that has gripped California for the past year, state water managers are increasingly turning to cloud seeding to extract as much water as they can.

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Behind the Fracking Boom: Unearthing the Secrets of the Monterey Shale

October 14, 2013 by Sarah Phelan

But the pressure to exploit these resources isn’t going away anytime soon either, nor is the debate over the wisdom of doing so. As we weigh the pros and cons, a missing piece of the conversation is the land itself: What is the Monterey Formation? What is it made of and how did it get here? And what kind of habitats, plants, and animals live atop it?

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Ocean Acidification: Making Sense of Crabs and Skeptics

October 09, 2013 by Joe Eaton

Like other aspects of climate science, ocean acidification (OA) science has created much debate, particularly when it comes to its impact on hard shelled sea creatures such as crabs.

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Ocean Acid Trip: The Hidden Harm of Climate Change

October 07, 2013 by Joe Eaton

Seawater has historically been alkaline, but is increasingly becoming less so. What does this mean for the ocean ecosystem in general? And along the California coast in particular? We’re just beginning to figure that out.

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Conservation in Action: Sea Level Rise Photos Worth a Thousand Words

October 07, 2013 by Daniel McGlynn

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then imagine the power of thousands of pictures of actual rising sea levels — even if, for now, the high water only lasts for a few hours or days at a time.

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Redwoods normally buck fires, except when Sudden Oak Death is around

September 24, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

Researchers find that redwood forests suffering from Sudden Oak Death burn with greater intensity.

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