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Insight With Beth Ruyak

News Network: NASA Scientists Using Lasers To Measure California Snowpack

March 13, 2018 | Chris Remington

Capital Public Radio's environment reporter Ezra Romero discusses how NASA scientists are changing the way California measures snowpack to help manage water resources.

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How NASA, Lasers And New Technology Help Measure California’s Snowpack With Exceptional Accuracy

March 8, 2018 | Ezra David Romero

Using this new approach to calculate the snow’s water content also means improved forecasts for farms and cities, and even positive benefits for renewable-energy production. The program soon could go statewide — if it gets funded.

USFWS / Joshua Winchell


California Would Require Electricity To Be 100 Percent Renewable By 2045 If This Bill Passes

March 6, 2018 | Ezra David Romero

Senate Bill 100 starts by boosting the state’s renewable electricity requirement to 60 percent by 2030.

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Storm Leaves California With Half Of Usual Snow For Year

March 5, 2018

(AP) — Monday's snow survey found a "much rosier" picture than before last week's heavy winter storm, but still less than half the usual snow for this point in the season.

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Food and Sustainability

California Pesticide Spray Ban Could Hamper Effort To Curb Citrus Pest

March 1, 2018 | Julia Mitric

A judge ordered the California Department of Food and Agriculture to stop spraying dozens of pesticides. Some environmental groups count this as a win but a UC Riverside researcher warns the move will hurt efforts to fight a damaging citrus disease.

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State Government

California Decries Federal Climate Change Reversal, Cap-And-Trade Yields Big Return

February 28, 2018 | Ben Bradford

The state cap-and-trade program had a third straight sellout, while California environmental regulators officially pushed back against the planned repeal of President Obama’s most sweeping climate change rule.

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From Almonds To Rice, Climate Change Could Slash California Crop Yields By 2050

February 27, 2018 | Ezra David Romero

Tapan Pathak, a UC Cooperative Extension specialist based in Merced, and his research team analyzed more than 90 studies on climate change and discovered that warming temperatures may alter where crops grow across California.

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Insight With Beth Ruyak

UC Merced Professor Mark Aldenderfer On How Climate Change Affects High-Altitude Societies

February 22, 2018 | Cody Drabble

UC Merced Professor Mark Aldenderfer shares his latest research on climate change and its impacts on high-altitude societies in the Himalayas.

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