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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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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Wetlands preserve way of life in South Bay town

December 19, 2012 by Claire Schoen

On the southern end of the San Francisco Bay, the Mexican-American community in the tiny hamlet of Alviso is realizing that wetlands may be needed to keep the sea at bay. VIDEO

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Foster City’s developer faces sea level rise

December 12, 2012 by Claire Schoen

Meet the Fosters, the family who build Foster City out of former wetlands on the San Francisco Bay. They and their neighbors now face the difficult scenario of sea level rise. VIDEO.

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Where retreat is not an answer

December 05, 2012 by Claire Schoen

Some farmers stake their livelihood on faith that the levees holding back rising seas will hold strong. VIDEO.

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Levees or wetlands? Planning for sea level rise

November 19, 2012 by Claire Schoen

The Bay Area has important choices to make about how it will adapt to the reality of sea level rise. VIDEO.

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Rising seas reclaiming San Francisco’s waterfront

November 12, 2012 by Claire Schoen

Climate disruption is causing higher tides and storm surges. The result: more and more flooding for cities like San Francisco.

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Documenting the rising tide

November 12, 2012 by Paul Epstein

Since the 1970s, Claire Schoen has been producing environmental documentaries in a variety of formats, from photography to film to ...

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In age of superstorms, Bay Area prepares for every inch of water

November 08, 2012 by Alison Hawkes

With the Northeast still reeling from the affects of superstorm Sandy, there's been quite a bit of chatter out here on the Pacific about our own vulnerabilities to large tropical storms in the age of climate change.

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