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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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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Top 10 signs of climate change in Northern California

September 05, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

A new state report compiles evidence that California's climate is rapidly changing.

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How the Monterey Shale came to be

September 02, 2013 by Sarah Phelan

There has been so much talk of a potential fracking boom in California. But how, exactly, did the Monterey shale formation become so valuable?

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It’s Fun to Share!

August 28, 2013 by Paul Epstein

City Carshare member Kelly Jensen arrives at San Bruno Mountain San Francisco resident Kelly Jensen is the Interlibrary Loan and ...

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Fracking the land of the kit fox, and its fellow desert natives

August 21, 2013 by Sarah Phelan

What's in store for the desert species who've come to rely on an undeveloped landscape now threatened by a California oil boom?

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Redwoods growing faster in a warmer climate

August 14, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

Surprisingly, climate change happens to be a good thing for coastal redwoods and sequoias.

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Fog and redwoods: Demystifying the mist

June 30, 2013 by Joan Hamilton

Fog means survival for many Bay Area plants and animals. What will happen to this life-giving airborne moisture in an era of global warming?

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Preservation Ranch: Big conservation, thanks to carbon credits

May 28, 2013 by Dan Rademacher

Preservation Ranch is the biggest conservation deal in Sonoma County history, and it's part of an even bigger deal. The key to the model? Carbon credits.

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Beyond Fossil Fuels

May 23, 2013 by Paul Epstein

UC Berkeley’s Dan Kammen Ever heard of California’s “Low Carbon Fuel Standard”? UC Berkeley prof Dan Kammen co-wrote it. What ...

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