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.

Q&A: San Francisco Public Press Reporter Kevin Stark on Sea Level Rise and Bay Area Preparations

July 30, 2015 by Eric Simons

Reporter Kevin Stark, one of the co-authors on a major new sea level rise project from the San Francisco Public Press, talks about the challenges of thinking about and reporting on sea level rise in the Bay Area.

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When It Rains, It Pours: Historic Drought and Atmospheric Rivers

July 27, 2015 by Les Rowntree

Current climate change research suggests California’s weather could become even more variable than in the past, a “new normal” of drier dry periods punctuated by wetter winter storms.

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First Person: Watching the Weather with Daniel Swain

July 20, 2015 by Eric Simons

Climate scientist Daniel Swain runs the California Weather Blog, a must-read for weather nerds. He's most famous, though, for something he did almost as an afterthought: He’s the one who gave the name “Ridiculously Resilient Ridge” to the pattern that’s being blamed for our three years of drought.

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Flood Control 2.0

May 12, 2015 by Ariel Rubissow Okamoto

Scientists look to the zone where creeks meet the Bay to guide our response to extreme storms and sea level rise.

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A Pretty Pink Nudibranch Moves North, and It’s a ‘Canary in the Tidepool’ for Climate Change

May 10, 2015 by Kaitlyn Kraybill-Voth

At low tide on the North Coast right now, the tidepools teem with Hopkins' rose nudibranchs. “This is not normal business as usual," says scientist Terry Gosliner.

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San Francisco Bay: The Ocean’s Watershed

April 06, 2015 by Chelsea Leu

When it comes to the water in the San Francisco Bay, the ocean doesn’t get nearly the credit it deserves. A UC Davis researcher and self-described "ocean evangelist" is trying to change that.

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Range of Possibilities

March 31, 2015 by Kelly Cash

If ranchers are such great conservation partners, why has ranching often been viewed as bad for the environment?

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Nowhere to Go But Up

January 26, 2015 by Ariel Rubissow Okamoto

We’ve built our cities right up the edge of the Bay, and it’s a big Bay so there’s lots of low-lying waterfront. Now sea level rise is forcing hard decisions and creative thinking about that waterfront.

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Why’s It So Hot If There’s No El Niño?

January 23, 2015 by Eric Simons

It's hot. And the next El Niño will likely blow away even 2014’s temperature record, locally, statewide, and globally.

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Not Doomed (Yet): A Q&A With Extinction Experts Anthony Barnosky and Elizabeth Hadly

November 24, 2014 by Eric Simons

Two biologists discuss Earth's alarming extinction rate.

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