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The Global Climate Action Summit will be hosted here in San Francisco. World leaders will evaluate how far we’ve come since the Paris Agreement. The three-day event is co-chaired Governor Jerry Brown.

The eyes of the environmental world are on San Francisco, this week, where global leaders are gathering to talk about climate change. It’s a few years after the Paris Climate Agreement, and a year since President Donald Trump said the U.S. would pull out of the accord.

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  This week, California Governor Jerry Brown is co-chairing the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, which is bringing together business executives and politicians to discuss solutions to climate change. Many grassroots activists say the summit is too focused on market based approaches that do not prioritize people on the front lines, especially people of color and indigenous communities.

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On September 8, people in cities around the world are taking to the streets to call on local leaders to commit to transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy. The actions in San Francisco will coincide with the Global Climate Action Summit. We'll discuss coverage. We'll also talk about the Environmental Protection Agency under Andrew Wheeler, the man who replaced Scott Pruitt.  

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Bears in places like Yosemite are hot on human food — because we introduced it to them in the first place. We’ve been inventing solutions to keep them out of our food ever since.

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Purple sea urchins are spiny underwater invertebrates that look like pincushions. They’re native to the ocean along the California coast and share their home with sought-after delicacies like red urchin and abalone. Now, after a few years of rapid growth, some people are calling purple sea urchins a scourge.

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One of the main reasons for the decline of the salmon population in the Russian River is the simple fact that humans live along it, work along it, growing marijuana, growing grapes, building houses . . . the list goes on. So, conservationists believe part of the solution is working with the people who live right along the water to create a better environment for the fish.

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Every summer fish biologists across the state suction snorkel masks onto their faces. With scuba diving flashlights in hand, they crawl, swim, and slither up the tributaries of rivers literally counting the number and species of salmon they see to measure the health of the population. This method to monitor the salmon and steelhead populations is effective and low tech and it hasn’t changed much over the years. But the salmon population in California has changed.

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California is facing another showdown with the Trump administration. This time over offshore drilling. As part of a state-wide, multi-station project based here at KALW, we asked you to share your thoughts.

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The Shipyard is supposed to be San Francisco’s biggest redevelopment project since the 1906 earthquake. It’s slated to have affordable housing, office and retail space, and parks. But this year, the shipyard development has been infamously dubbed “The biggest case of eco fraud in US history.”

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A few months ago the Oakland Zoo rescued three orphaned mountain lions cubs from the wild. They are part of a new exhibit called the California Trail that opens tomorrow. It’s a huge expansion that features our state’s native wildlife.

The environmental costs of prisons

Jun 4, 2018
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The cruel and inhumane conditions that many prison inmates live in have been well documented. On this edition of Your Call, we'll discuss environmental factors that can make prison even more difficult, and in some cases, deadly.

Angela Johnston

Some Napa winemakers and environmentalists feel the Valley has reached its limit. They say too many vineyards are hurting the environment — but their solution is producing a divisive battle at the ballot box.

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On this edition of Your Call, scientist and environmental activist Marcus Eriksen discusses his book Junk Raft, his voyages exploring the impact of plastic on our oceans, and his vision of a world free of plastic.

Lisa Morehouse

“Hard work, low pay, miserable conditions, and more!”

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The redevelopment of the Hunters Point Shipyard is slated to be San Francisco’s biggest redevelopment project since the 1906 earthquake.

 

The Shipyard is a former naval base and nuclear-weapons testing lab — and the cleanup of radioactive materials used there has been ongoing for decades.

 

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The North Bay wildfires tore through neighborhoods and hills last fall. More than 100,000 acres of wilderness in Napa and Sonoma counties were destroyed, including thousands of oak trees.

 

This month we’ve experienced record-breaking weather across the state.

 

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What's in a tiger sighting? 

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It has been a momentous week for the groundbreaking climate change lawsuit, Juliana v. United States. It was brought two years ago by 21 children and young adults against the US government for its actions that cause global warming.

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What if the root of all the world’s problems is the imbalance of masculinity and femininity in our leadership? 

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From switching to renewable energy to battery storage, to taxing drinking water. Out of the hundreds of bills that the California Assembly debated in the final hours of the legislative session this month, many dealt with water, climate change, and the environment. KALW's energy and environment reporter Angela Johnston shares some of the key environmental legislation now sitting on Governor Brown’s desk, and the ones that didn’t make it there.

Mapping West Oakland pollution, block by block

Aug 14, 2017
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West Oakland has had an air pollution problem for years, and it’s taken a toll on residents. Emergency room visits for asthma are highly concentrated in West Oakland and Emeryville, but they drop off dramatically when you get to other parts of Oakland.

  

In 2006, Al Gore’s award winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth started a national conversation about climate change. What’s been accomplished since then?

 

Your Call: How does a melting Antarctica affect our planet?

Jun 11, 2017
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We’ll have a conversation about the seventh continent. The New York Times reports that miles of Antarctic ice are collapsing into the sea due to rising global temperatures.  

  

We’ll have a conversation about the health of the ocean’s corals and why it matters.  

Your Call: Trump vs. the Paris climate accord

Jun 2, 2017

 


On the next Your Call, it’s our media roundtable. This week we’ll discuss the Trump Administration and the Paris climate agreement.

 

What environmental protections have Congressional Republicans and the Trump administration reversed so far?

Cristina Mittermeier

 

How are photographers documenting the impacts of climate change and environmental degradation?

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What is President Barack Obama’s environmental legacy?

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