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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.

How Extreme Heat Caught San Francisco By Surprise Over Labor Day Weekend

September 19, 2017 by Eric Simons

Forecasters thought it would be hot in San Francisco over Labor Day -- meaning, you know, in the high 80s. Instead it was 106. What happened?

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Meet the Scientist Who Has Discovered More Than 1,000 Species of Sea Slug

July 31, 2017 by Eric Simons

Terry Gosliner, a curator at the California Academy of Sciences, looks through nudibranchs to see the world.

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Bay Area Scientists Push Back Against Federal Freeze on Meetings

May 12, 2017 by Alison Hawkes

The Department of Interior is forbidding committee meetings, but one prominent California-based partnership of NGOs and resource managers is going to keep talking to one another anyway.

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At a Snail’s Place: How the Range of a Common Sea Snail Explains the Underlying Logic of the Universe

April 19, 2017 by Eric Simons

The surprising, spiraling story of why sea snails live where they live.

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The 2015-2016 El Niño Erased Hundreds of Feet of California’s Beaches

April 03, 2017 by Alexander Fox

A report from the US Geological Survey shows how the powerful 2016-2016 El Niño reshaped the California coast.

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An Atlantic Bird Makes a New Home in California — Maybe Because of Melting Arctic Ice

March 28, 2017 by Alison Hawkes

Meet Morris the gannet, who's not supposed to be here but seems to have made a home of it.

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A Story About Once and Future California, Written in the Rings of Redwoods

February 08, 2017 by Lucy Kang

Why would a scientist count a quarter of a million redwood tree rings?

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Stanford Paleoecologist Elizabeth Hadly Takes on the Future

November 28, 2016 by Mary Ellen Hannibal

Stanford University paleoecologist Elizabeth Hadly, an advisor to Governor Jerry Brown and the new faculty director of the Jasper Ridge Ecological Reserve, looks into the deep past to unlock the future.

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A Sea Snail’s Ability to Flee From Predators Is Impaired By More Acidic Water, New Paper Suggests

July 01, 2016 by Eric Simons

Sea snails flee from predators. A new research paper suggests that ocean acidification impairs that ability.

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How Tree ‘Heart Attacks’ Threaten the West’s Dry Forests

July 01, 2016 by Grant Peters

What causes a drought-stressed tree to die?

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