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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Mapping the future of the coast

October 04, 2012 by David Loeb

Most of the people in the world–and most of their infrastructure–can be found in jurisdictions bordering the coast or coastal ...

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Climate Chronicles: A Sea Change for Seabirds on the Farallon Islands

October 04, 2012 by Glen Martin

You’ll likely smell them before you see them: A rich ammoniac scent engulfs our boat, and then they loom out ...

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“Global Frackdown” aims to educate, incite change

September 25, 2012 by Heather Mack

Bay Area residents gathered on Crissy Field for the "Global Frackdown," a protest rally against the growing use of shale drilling that's raised environmental concerns.

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Water desalination plants on the horizon

August 24, 2012 by Alison Hawkes

Water desalination may seem too costly and too riddled with complications to go anywhere fast. But that doesn’t mean water ...

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Lessons from the Mountain

July 01, 2012 by Glen Martin

The looming bulk of Mount Hamilton is a familiar sight to anyone driving Highway 101 through the Santa Clara Valley. At 4,196 feet, it's the tallest peak visible from the shores of San Francisco Bay. This is the most expansive wild landscape in the Bay Area: roughly 700,000 acres of public parks, university and conservancy reserves, and private ranches. Now it's also become a living laboratory for studying the affects of climate change.

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Kids Tracking Climate, in Real Time

July 01, 2012 by Kelly Hackett

Maybe you take the bus to work or abandon the gas pedal on Bike to Work Day, but how do you know whether you and your neighbors are making a difference in your community?

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HELiOS Project: Helping Schools Go Solar

June 27, 2012 by Daniel McGlynn

What better place than at school to get going on solar? The HELiOS project is making it happen for Bay Area schools.

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A “digital naturalist” studies climate change

June 27, 2012 by Glen Martin

Mike Hamilton, director of the Blue Oak Ranch Reserve on Mount Hamilton, describes himself as a "digital naturalist." He's wired the reserve's 3,260 acres with sensors, sent up drone helicopters, and even set up a "Robosquirrel" in an effort to find out how climate change is impacting the region's ecosystem.

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Conservation Action Award: Ellie Cohen

May 30, 2012 by Daniel McGlynn

Ellie Cohen became president and CEO of what is now PRBO Conservation Science in 1999. Under her leadership, the organization has grown from the local Point Reyes Bird Observatory, founded in 1965, to a hemisphere-scale operation, conducting bird-focused applied ecosystem studies on land and at sea. PRBO uses its wealth of data and partnerships to assess and reduce the impacts of changes in climate and land use on ecosystem health.

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The Grass Really Is Greener

April 24, 2012 by Jacoba Charles

A project in West Marin shows how ranchers, and a whole lot of compost, can help mitigate climate change.

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