Not long ago, nuclear power was unthinkable among environmentalists, particularly in California, where a moratorium on new power plants has put a lid on the industry for thirty years. But that sentiment may be changing. You may listen to the "Reconsidering Nuclear Power" Radio report online. Amy Standen is a Reporter for QUEST and Radio [...]
Post on May 24, 2007 by Amy Standen
Not long ago, nuclear power was unthinkable among environmentalists, particularly in California, where a moratorium on new power plants has put a lid on the industry for thirty years. But that sentiment may be changing.
QUEST radio takes a look at the largest wetlands restoration in the West– the South Bay Salt Ponds Restoration Project. It will take decades and cost up to $1 billion to roll back the clock to the Bay's pre-industrial conditions.
About four years ago California paid 100 million dollars to Cargill for 16,500 acres of land it owned fringing the SF Bay. For nearly a century, much of the Bay’s southern shoreline had been diked off from the tides and fenced off from the public. Where fertile wetlands once supported diverse wildlife, private companies created [...]
Post on May 17, 2007 by Andrea Kissack
Most people think of their house as a sanctuary from toxic air. And yet, according to a 2005 State study, Californians spend $45 billion a year on the health effects of indoor air pollution. California lawmakers have failed to pass legislation that would tighten controls on residential air quality, though laws targeting specific pollutants — [...]
Post on May 11, 2007 by Amy Standen
Photo Credit: Glenn Nevill PhotographyOne of the season's most suspenseful wildlife dramas is now taking place via web cam. Peregrine falcons were almost extinct two generations ago. Now much more prolific, two pairs of Peregrine falcons are carrying out their mating season under the gaze of thousands of observers, both online, thanks to cameras placed [...]
Post on May 03, 2007 by Amy Standen
For 20 years, U.S. factories that put toxic chemicals into the air and water had to report them to the federal government and the public. The Bush Administration recently lowered those requirements by rewriting E.P.A rules. QUEST radio reports.
For the past two decades, U.S. factories that put toxic chemicals into the air and water had to report them, in detail, to the federal government and the public. The Bush Administration recently lowered those requirements by rewriting Environmental Protection Agency rules. That means, in California alone, as much as 6-hundred thousand pounds of toxic [...]
Post on Apr 26, 2007 by David Gorn
QUEST radio takes a look at the history of the environmental justice movement, and where it's going.
Thirty-seven years after the first Earth Day, studies are still finding that people of color and low-income families have higher rates of exposure to hazardous waste sites and industrial polluters than the general population. A debate continues over why that is and just what to do about it. QUEST radio takes a look at the [...]
Post on Apr 19, 2007 by Amy Standen
It's a typical evening at a popular SF cafe – cappuccinos, beer, conversation… and a lecture on mathematical theorems? Bay Area "science cafés" have exploded in popularity, putting scientists and everyday folks face-to-face for casual science lectures and Q&A.
The Bay Area has long been known for its intellectual and cultural scene. Beat poets, musicians and visual artists have all visited the city's bars and coffee houses. Now, Scientists are stepping out of the lab and into cafes where enthusiastic crowds sip on a beer or cappuccino and listen to lectures on black holes, [...]
Post on Apr 12, 2007 by Andrea Kissack
A sure sign of spring in San Mateo County was once the emergence of the Bay Checkerspot Butterfly until one Spring it wasn't there. Now after a six-year absence, it has returned– with assistance– to Edgewood Park and Natural Preserve.
The Checkerspot Butterfly was once a vibrant part of spring in San Mateo County, but today's it's hard to spot a single one. Exhaust fumes from Highway 280 have contributed to the decline of this tiny butterfly, making it a victim of what is called "drive-by extinction." QUEST follows a biologist in Edgewood Park and [...]
Post on Apr 05, 2007 by Andrea Kissack
The coast between Pacifica and Montara is unsurpassed in scenic beauty. Carved out of the steep cliff sides, Route 1 hugs the coastline for much of the distance between these two towns. In one part, the road crosses the aptly named Devil's Slide region, a steep, unstable geological formation. This section of road has a [...]
Post on Mar 30, 2007 by Amy Standen
Global warming and seasonal storms are putting California's low-lying areas at risk. A new network of high-tech weather sensors is making the streams, tributaries and dams of the American River the country's most closely-monitored water system.
It’s been a fairly dry winter so far in California. One group who could really use some rain is a team of scientists trying to unlock the secrets of how storms work. What they find out has critical implications for people living in flood-prone areas like Sacramento, where information is the best defense. A new [...]
Post on Mar 22, 2007 by Amy Standen