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Climate change is making California coast cooler, rainer

By Alison Hawkes

Yearly rainfall has increased 6 percent in San Francisco over the last 30 years, a trend that matches climate change predictions. Inland, however, is heating up.
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What we have in common with the 49ers: Rain in June

By Alison Hawkes

Sigh. Another rainy day ... and it's almost July?! The Bay Area is experiencing a record-breaking rainy June, the likes of which was last seen in 1849 during the Gold Rush.
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Bye bye hybrids from car-pool lanes

By Alison Hawkes

On Friday hybrid vehicles owners will lose a special right to drive in car-pool lanes. With so many hybrids on the roads, they are a victim of their own success
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Bay Area aims to be nation’s EV capital

By Joseph Doolen
Bay Area aims to be nation’s EV capital

The Bay Area is charging up. Along with L.A. and New York, San Francisco is one of the largest U.S. markets for plug-in electric vehicles (EVs). The pledge by the mayors of San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose in 2008 to make the metropolis the nation’s EV capital is now bearing fruit. With political...
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Bay Area litter heavily “branded”

By Alison Hawkes

McDonald's, Burger King, 7-Eleven, and Starbucks top the list of much of the litter discarded along Bay Area roads.
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Order to clear greenery around levees headed to court

By Alison Hawkes

After Hurricane Katrina, the feds ordered vegetation be cleared surrounding levees. But in a lawsuit, environmental groups say precious habitat will be lost.
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A bedazzled Bay Area night sky in pictures

By Victoria Schlesinger

Nature photographers should check out this photo essay of Bay Area shooter Steven Christenson’s nighttime photos taken in Fremont. He discusses technique and is co-founder of the Bay Area Night Photography group. Pretty amazing. QUEST on KQED Public Media.
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Scientists may have found method for earthquake prediction

By Victoria Schlesinger

By observing chemical changes in the upper atmosphere, scientists say they may be able to predict large earthquakes days before they occur. Researchers have detected a rise in various gas concentrations in 24 different earthquakes of a magnitude greater than 7. But other scientists argue the source of the increased concentration is highly debatable...
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Developer and business groups fight Bay Area climate adaptation plan

By Victoria Schlesinger

A group of the Bay Area’s largest developers and business groups appear to be mounting a campaign of opposition to a plan that helps the region adapt to rising sea levels. The Bay Plan’s drafters recently incorporated language into the draft from a state-wide climate adaptation strategy that would discourage development in areas prone...
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Only one in ten use Bay Area public transportation

By Victoria Schlesinger

Despite good marks in a Brooking’s Institute report on public transportation, the Bay Area transit system is only used by 1 in 10 people. While people say they like the idea of public transportation, the lack of reliability and convenience as well as cost and cleanliness are keeping them in their cars. [Read more...
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Builders cheer demise of California environmental law

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