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From switching to renewable energy to battery storage, to taxing drinking water. Out of the hundreds of bills that the California Assembly debated in the final hours of the legislative session this month, many dealt with water, climate change, and the environment. KALW's energy and environment reporter Angela Johnston shares some of the key environmental legislation now sitting on Governor Brown’s desk, and the ones that didn’t make it there.

  On this edition of our One Planet series, we’ll discuss the push for electric cars.  More than 500,000 electric cars have been sold in the US, half of them in California. 

Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz of San Juan, Puerto Rico recently told CBS, "People are starting to die. I've put them in the ambulances when they're gasping for air." 

In 2015, a massive investigation by Inside Climate News and the LA Times detailed how Exxon conducted cutting-edge climate research decades ago and then, without revealing all that it had learned, worked at the forefront of climate denial.

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San Francisco is suing five of the world's largest oil and gas companies for the costs of sea walls and other infrastructure needed to protect against climate change.

  

Who's running the government under Donald Trump? That’s the question journalist John Nichols explores in his new book, Horsemen of the Trumpocalypse: A Field Guide to the Most Dangerous People in America

  

The extension of California’s cap-and-trade program has divided environmentalists. The five-year program requires companies to buy permits to release greenhouse gas emissions. 

  

In 2006, Al Gore’s award winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth started a national conversation about climate change. What’s been accomplished since then?

 

photo by Julie Caine

 

Climate change is an issue that can be hard for some to prioritize. It’s abstract. We can read the charts and the statistics—but is there a way to feel it? The Bay Area’s Climate Music Project at UC Berkeley wants to make the experience visceral.

On Thursday, the US military dropped a massive 22,000-pound bomb in eastern Afghanistan. How are the media covering the human cost of the “war on terror” in Afghanistan?

Angela Johnston

 

Almost nothing goes to waste at Bob Giacomini’s family dairy farm north of Point Reyes Station.

  

From declining sea ice in the Arctic to coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef, photographers give us a visual sense of the human toll on the environment.

Cristina Mittermeier

 

How are photographers documenting the impacts of climate change and environmental degradation?

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What is President Barack Obama’s environmental legacy?

Audrey Dilling

An unusual scene has been playing out at Ocean Beach over the past few weeks.

Can copying plants curb climate change?

Nov 17, 2016
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Imagine that cars that are no longer dependent on fossil fuels. Instead of gasoline, they’d run on a new fuel—called butanol—that’s made, with the help of bacteria, from three simple ingredients: sunlight, air and water.

On the October 24th edition of  Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Penn State climate scientist Michael Mann about his new book The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy.

Your Call: The 2016 Brower Youth Award Winners

Oct 12, 2016
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On the October 12 edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with three of this year’s Brower Youth Award winners.

Your Call: Climate change policies in the US

Oct 3, 2016

On the October 3rd edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about US climate policy. The US recently ratified the Paris climate agreement, aiming to keep temperatures "well below" 2 degrees Celsius, but those obligations will not be met unless new measures to cut greenhouse gases are passed.

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On the September 1st edition of Your Call, we’re talking about how climate change is affecting wildfires.

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Antarctica is officially the coldest, windiest, and driest continent on Earth. At almost one and a half times the size of the United States, 98% of it is covered with thick sheets of ice. 

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When I started asking people about their dream transit system for the Bay Area, a lot of people said they want transit to be more convenient. My friend Chris Quines – everyone calls him Burd – plays in punk bands.

 

Daily news roundup for Thursday, June 2, 2016

Jun 2, 2016
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Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

Mayor Ed Lee announces $9.6B budget focusing on safety, cleanliness and homeless // SF Examiner

"San Francisco is poised to expand homeless services, increase its police force and spruce up neighborhoods under the proposed city budget announced by Mayor Ed Lee on Tuesday.

Your Call: Looming global water shortage

Jun 1, 2016
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 On the June 1st edition of Your Call, we'll discuss the global water crisis. 

Daily News Roundup for Thursday, May 26, 2016

May 26, 2016
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Rising reality // San Francisco Chronicle

"Fifty years ago, Bay Area residents rallied around the call to save San Francisco Bay. Public action on an unprecedented scale reversed development tides that for more than a century had covered shallow waters with land for industrial parks and housing tracts, roadways and garbage dumps.

Daily news roundup for Wednesday, May 11, 2016

May 11, 2016

Here’s what’s happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

Mayor Lee put on public display over SF police reforms - San Francisco Examiner

“With beefed up security at City Hall and a room full of protesters, Mayor Ed Lee was taken to task Tuesday by members of the Board of Supervisors who sought answers for how San Francisco will address a beleaguered police department.

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, May 10, 2016

May 10, 2016
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Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

SFPD unaccountable, uses ‘stop and frisk,’ D.A.’s panel says // SF Gate

 

On the April 12th edition of Your Call, we’ll talk about how people around the world are fighting climate change. 

Your Call: Utah coal stirs up concerns in Oakland

Mar 29, 2016
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On the March 30th edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss plans to export coal from Utah to Oakland. 

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