KQED's award-winning team of science reporters explores climate change, water, energy, toxics, biomedicine, digital health, astronomy and other topics that shape our lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a trusted news source, KQED Science tackles tough questions facing humanity in our time with thoughtful and engaging storytelling.
‘Worst. Editorial. Guidance. Ever.’ KQED Science Reporters Reflect on the Pandemic’s Early Days
Struggles, decisions and startling moments that shaped KQED's science coverage in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic.
Kelp, Sea Otters and Urchins. Who’s Eating Who in Monterey Bay
California's underwater kelp forests are suffering massive declines. But a new study shows that sea otters are helping to preserve kelp off the Central Coast.
California Has a Rule to Protect Workers Against Pandemics. Here’s How It’s (Not) Working
California has a rule aimed at preparing hundreds of thousands of workers from airborne disease. Why didn't it protect more people?
Only 2,000 Monarch Butterflies Remain in California. But They Still Don’t Have Protection
Federal wildlife officials say that monarch butterflies qualify to be protected as an endangered species but won't be receiving that protection for now.
Analysis: Trump Administration Incompetence Helped Save Environmental Regulations
Donald Trump had one of the most antienvironmental agendas in U.S. history, says Rolling Stone's Hannah Murphy. However, his administration 'was really quite bad' at carrying out its plans. KQED talks to Murphy about this and what Joe Biden can do to put the environment front and center.
What Is the True Cost of California Wildfires? No One Really Knows
'There are many things under the state's control that we can do to make this problem better,' said Michael Wara, who led the team assessing wildfire costs.
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