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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.

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. 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.

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.

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