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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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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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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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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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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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Keeping Clapper Rails High and Dry

February 16, 2012 by Juliet Grable

New artificial islands at Oakland’s Arrowhead Marsh provide some welcome refuge for endangered clapper rails. But can they be expanded into enough other habitats to keep the birds safe from rising sea levels?

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Taking the Measure of Climate Change At Corte Madera Marsh

January 12, 2012 by Ariel Rubissow Okamoto

To launch our new series on climate change in the Bay Area, we follow a group of researchers as they scan the bottom, poke the mud, and gauge the tides at Marin's Corte Madera Marsh, in the first comprehensive, interdisciplinary effort to understand how the Bay Area's tidal wetlands will respond to rising sea levels.

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