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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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

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

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The Phenology Project

April 01, 2013 by Jacoba Charles

The California Phenology Project’s citizen scientists are studying changes in plant life cycles to better understand local climate change impacts.

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How can math help solve the climate puzzle?

February 28, 2013 by Alison Hawkes

Mathematicians are jumping in to help sort out the underlying equations that make up the Earth’s complex, and rapidly changing climate system.

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Rallying on climate change this Sunday

February 15, 2013 by Constance Taylor

While Bay Area conservation leaders have been getting arrested in Washington, DC, demanding action on climate change, a local “Forward on Climate Change” rally is planned for Sunday, February 17.

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Making the Most of Mud

February 01, 2013 by Ariel Rubissow Okamoto

San Francisco Bay has been clearing up, but that’s not necessarily a good thing for marshes in an age of sea level rise. Those marshes need mud so they can keep up with rising tides.

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‘Bouillabaisse of life’ in San Francisco Bay

January 07, 2013 by Alison Hawkes

Paddle the San Francisco Bay with Paul McHugh, a journalist and columnist who’s been covering the environment for more than 30 years. VIDEO.

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