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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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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West Coast doesn’t have hurricanes, it has the Pineapple Express

November 01, 2012 by Alison Hawkes

A geologist reminds us that a "Pineapple Express" could do just as much damage here as Hurricane Sandy did back East.

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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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