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Budding Hemp Farmers Struggle To Find Success In The 'Green Rush'

November 16, 2019

CBD products are found everywhere from gas stations to drug stores. A record number of farmers are growing hemp for CBD this year, but making money has proved challenging. NPR.

Metal polluted air puts Los Angeles residents at risk

October 25, 2019

In southeast Los Angeles, metal processing facilities emit toxic steam next to homes, schools and parks. And low-income residents are paying the price. UC Santa Cruz Science Notes.

Gas Station Converts To Electric Charging Station And Speeds Ahead Of Curve

October 26, 2019

As the electric car industry ramps up, one gas station in Takoma Park, Md., has already changed lanes. The owner hopes to motivate other stations to make the shift. NPR.

California Bill on PFAS Chemicals Advances, But in Watered Down Form

June 21, 2019

The bill, now signed into law, expands the drinking water notification requirement to all of the 14 to 18 PFAS chemicals. An earlier version of the bill would have forced around 7,300 public water systems in the state to test for all chemicals in the class. It would have also given the water board authority to regulate the chemicals in drinking water as a class, rather than chemical by chemical. KQED.

SFPUC Growing Plants in Hospital-Like Nursery to Protect Water Quality

June 14, 2019

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is trying something different at its new native plant nursery in Sunol. To avoid infecting plants, the botanists here take precautions more akin to a laboratory than a commercial nursery. KQED.

One Increasingly Popular Way to Control Floods: Let the Water Come

March 19, 2019

California is looking to floodplains as a way to avoid flood damage and store water. Advocates say floodplains refill aquifers, reduce risk from flood damage, re-create wildlife habitat and filter pollutants. But others aren't so convinced. KQEDMarch 19, 2019.​

EPA, California Consider Regulation of Chemicals Found in Ski Gloves and Frying Pans Showing Up in US Waterways

February 09, 2019

Last spring the EPA promised a plan to deal with PFAS contaminants, but after almost a year, it’s still unclear how the U.S. and California will deal with these "forever chemicals." Scripted and voiced accompanying radio piece. KQED.

Can sustainably caught swordfish make waves on the Central Coast?

December 30, 2018

With new clean-fishing gear technology on the horizon, some think swordfish in California could appear on dinner plates once more. Published in the EastBay Times, The Mercury News, The Monterey Herald and The Santa Cruz Sentinel.

Gardens with too many nonnative plants threaten populations of insect-eating birds, study finds

December 26, 2018

Researchers teamed up with community scientists to explore how nonnative plants in yards and gardens affect the breeding success of chickadees, a common insect-eating bird in the U.S. Mongabay.

As Moss Landing reinvents itself, fishing fades into the background

December 22, 2018

As Moss Landing gains international status for marine research, its iconic fishing industry wanes. The Mercury News, the EastBay Times, The Monterey Herald, and The Santa Cruz Sentinel.

Healing Power of Clay? Not as Off-the-Wall as You Might Think

December 12, 2018

An ancient folk remedy, blue-green iron-rich clay, kills antibiotic-resistant bacteria using a one-two punch, a new study shows. Eos.

Farmers frustrated after tainted romaine tied to Central Coast

November 28, 2018

An e-coli breakout that likely stemmed from central CA romaine.The Mercury News.

Elkhorn Slough Foundation makes progress on Sand Hill Farm

November 26, 2018

To heal the once-heavily-farmed landscape of Sand Hill, the foundation is planting natives, smoothing steep slopes, and implementing catch basins. The Monterey Herald.

Gaining a deeper understanding of dyslexia

November 17, 2018

What if schools created curriculum so precise lessons were personalized to each student’s brain? That’s one long-term goal of a new partnership forged between the UC San Francisco Dyslexia Center and Chartwell School in Seaside, CA. The Monterey Herald.

Preparing for the next earthquake

October 18, 2018

New technology developed by the U.S. Geological Survey and partners could warn the public seconds to tens of seconds before an earthquake hits, giving enough time to drop, cover, and hold on. The Monterey Herald.

Sea-level rise could cut off wastewater service to millions in U.S.

June 21, 2018

Scientists report in a recent study that with just 30 centimeters of sea-level rise, roughly 4 million people in the U.S. could lose access to municipal wastewater services — services that allow three-quarters of America to run the tap and flush the toilet. 

Driftwood reveals ancient Arctic currents and sea-ice levels

December 28, 2017

Researchers looked at over 900 pieces of ancient driftwood to learn how sea ice in the arctic was moved, and melted by ocean currents in the last 12,000 years.

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