global warming http://kvpr.org en How Will Global Warming Impact the San Joaquin Valley? http://kvpr.org/post/how-will-global-warming-impact-san-joaquin-valley <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rising global temperatures aren’t just an international concern, they’re also an important local issue, especially when it comes to public health. How will climate change affect everything from rates of asthma and valley fever to wildfires and natural disasters?</span></p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 17:39:29 +0000 Joe Moore 19956 at http://kvpr.org How Will Global Warming Impact the San Joaquin Valley? Study Finds New Evidence of Climate Change in California http://kvpr.org/post/study-finds-new-evidence-climate-change-california <p>More wildfires.&nbsp; Warmer lakes.&nbsp; And higher temperatures.&nbsp; A new study from the California Environmental Protection Agency cites those and other signs that climate change is having a growing impact across the state.&nbsp; Ben Adler has more from Sacramento.</p><p>CalEPA has been tracking environmental indicators since the year 2000 in hopes of measuring the effects of climate change.&nbsp; Here are some of the findings in the new study, based on 36 different indicators:</p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 23:42:59 +0000 Ben Adler 19738 at http://kvpr.org Study Finds New Evidence of Climate Change in California PPIC Poll: Nearly Two-Thirds of Californians Favor Action Now on Climate Change http://kvpr.org/post/ppic-poll-nearly-two-thirds-californians-favor-action-now-climate-change <p class="p1">Californians are now more likely to urge swift state action to slow global warming than they were during the recession.&nbsp; Ben Adler has more from Sacramento on that and other findings from the Public Policy Institute of California’s new poll on environmental issues.</p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 05:26:00 +0000 Ben Adler 19279 at http://kvpr.org PPIC Poll: Nearly Two-Thirds of Californians Favor Action Now on Climate Change Commentary: Are We Fiddling While the Planet Warms? http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-are-we-fiddling-while-planet-warms <p>Can we solve the climate crisis?&nbsp; Are we wise enough?&nbsp; In this segment of Valley Public Radio's commentary series The Moral Is, Fresno State philosophy professor Dr. Andrew Fiala asks whether, like Nero, we are fiddling while Rome burns.</p><p>-------</p><p>President Obama recently announced a new initiative on climate change.&nbsp; But will we be able to address climate change in time to prevent the worst that is predicted?&nbsp; I doubt it.&nbsp; Decades of dithering about global warming do not inspire hope.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 23:14:57 +0000 Andrew Fiala 18058 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: Are We Fiddling While the Planet Warms? Experiment to "Farm" Carbon Underway in Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta http://kvpr.org/post/experiment-farm-carbon-underway-sacramento-san-joaquin-delta <div><p>Agriculture in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta has flourished thanks to rich organic soils. But after more than a hundred years of farming, those soils are eroding, and the interiors of many Delta islands are sinking. California may have a solution that would not only help farmers, but could combat climate change. Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento.</p> Thu, 04 Jul 2013 00:20:11 +0000 Amy Quinton 17768 at http://kvpr.org Experiment to "Farm" Carbon Underway in Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Study: Development of Alternative Fuels Surpassing Expectations http://kvpr.org/post/study-development-alternative-fuels-surpassing-expectations <div><p>California’s low carbon fuel standard may be driving the development of alternative fuels more quickly than expected. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, a new report shows significant progress in fuels that can replace or blend with gasoline and diesel.</p></div><p>The report is produced by a coalition of utilities and alternative fuel makers. It looks at different ways companies can comply with the regulation that requires a 10 percent reduction in the carbon intensity of transportation fuels by 2020. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 19:22:56 +0000 Joe Moore 16726 at http://kvpr.org Study: Development of Alternative Fuels Surpassing Expectations Environmentalists Lobby To Change Brown's Proposal For Cap and Trade Funds http://kvpr.org/post/environmentalists-lobby-change-browns-proposal-cap-and-trade-funds <p>Environmental groups have begun a lobbying campaign to stop California Governor Jerry Brown’s budget proposal to divert money from the cap-and-trade program.</p><p>Environmentalists say money from the sale of carbon pollution permits is supposed to go to programs that help further reduce emissions. Brown wants to borrow $500 million for the general fund.</p><p>Vien Truong with the Greenlining Institute says environmental advocates are angry. She says that money could be used for clean air programs in low-income communities.</p> Tue, 21 May 2013 23:35:16 +0000 Amy Quinton 15510 at http://kvpr.org Environmentalists Lobby To Change Brown's Proposal For Cap and Trade Funds California Launches 'Pay-to-Pollute' Carbon Market http://kvpr.org/post/california-launches-pay-pollute-carbon-market <p></p><p>California is launching a big part of its fight against climate change on Wednesday. The state is holding its first auction in the "cap and trade" program where industrial businesses will have to buy allowances to emit greenhouse gases.&nbsp;&nbsp; The goal is to reduce the state's emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. From Sacramento, Kathleen Masterson reports on how the complex market is designed to reduce pollution.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 21:08:00 +0000 Kathleen Masterson 6814 at http://kvpr.org California Launches 'Pay-to-Pollute' Carbon Market Changing climate may expand valley fever’s impact http://kvpr.org/post/changing-climate-may-expand-valley-fever-s-impact <p>Valley fever feeds on heat.</p><p>And as the average temperature ticks up with each passing decade, experts are concerned that the fungus’ footprint and impact are expanding, as evidenced by a rise in cases in areas far outside the hot spots of the Central Valley of California.</p><p>In the soil, the cocci fungus lives on dead organic matter. Less rainfall and higher temperatures reduce overall vegetation, diminishing soil competition for the hardy fungus, scientists say. Cocci spores survive—even thrive—when the environment is drier and hotter since other competitors die off.</p> Sun, 09 Sep 2012 13:00:01 +0000 Kellie Schmitt and Rebecca Plevin, Reporting On Health Collaborative 3625 at http://kvpr.org Changing climate may expand valley fever’s impact California Tests Cap and Trade System http://kvpr.org/post/california-tests-cap-and-trade-system <p>California officials are ramping up for the greenhouse gas emissions cap-and-trade market this November, where companies will be required to pay for their pollution. The state held a trial auction to test the new system for selling carbon credits on Thursday. </P> <p>The main goal of the test run is to make sure the software works smoothly and prevents attempts to game the bidding system, according to, Stanley Young who is with the California Air Resources Board. Fri, 31 Aug 2012 18:29:26 +0000 Kathleen Masterson 3254 at http://kvpr.org On Valley Edition: Prop 37; Heat Wave & Global Warming; California Reads http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-prop-37-heat-wave-global-warming-california-reads <p>This week on Valley Edition we talk about the controversy over the labeling of genetically modified foods, which will be on the November ballot as Proposition 37. We hear arguments on both sides of the issue. We also talk about the current heat wave and what is has to do with global warming, and learn more about a series of events from the Fresno County Library connected to the book Farewell to Manzanar.</p> Tue, 14 Aug 2012 16:55:35 +0000 Juanita Stevenson 2243 at http://kvpr.org