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2. Even in San Francisco, Heat Is Turning Deadly. That's Not Something Colleen Loughman Expected
In the summer of 2017, heat waves killed 14 Bay Area residents. Officials called this climate-driven crisis a public health emergency. KQED examines who is vulnerable and why.
3. Scientists Say Trump's Views on Climate Change Are Entirely Wrong
Despite what President Donald Trump says, scientists have long known that what's warming the planet isn't natural. It's us.
Astronomy4. Someone's Kid is Gonna Name the Next Mars Rover. Why Not Yours?
The Mars 2020 rover needs a better name, and NASA will soon be holding a contest to determine what that is. Students 18 or under qualify. All the Mars rovers to date have been named by pre-teens.
Health5. Jurors To San Francisco Judge: Don’t Throw Out Our Monsanto Verdict
Jurors who found that agribusiness giant Monsanto's Roundup weed killer contributed to a school groundskeeper's cancer are urging a San Francisco judge not to throw out the bulk of their $289 million award.
Water6. Why You Shouldn’t Get Your Hopes up About an El Niño This Winter
It’s become almost common currency that El Niño conditions in the Pacific Ocean mean wet winters in the West. But history shows that’s not necessarily so, partly because many other weather phenomena also play a role in precipitation.
Health7. Jewelry Laced With Toxic Metal Showing Up On Shelves of National Retailers
Analysis has revealed some jewelry sold with women’s dresses and shirts was nearly pure cadmium, which can cause cancer and reproductive harm after prolonged exposure.
Geology8. Pieces Finally Falling Into Place for Earthquake Warnings in California
Lack of funding and a wealth of red tape have been some of the obstacles -- but the path may be starting to clear.
Elections9. Fact-Checking California Governor's Debate on KQED: Climate and Energy
California's Gubernatorial candidates sound off on climate change policies, fracking, and California's new goal of obtaining all of its energy from clean sources by 2045. But did they get it right?
Health10. FDA Bans Seven Artificial Flavors Used in Candy, Beer
The FDA moved to ban the chemicals, used in a wide variety foods, following government toxicology reports showing they can cause cancer.
Water11. States Take On Urgent Negotiations To Avoid Colorado River Crisis
After years of sustained drought, water managers along the Colorado River system are renegotiating water cutbacks to seven Western states, hoping to avoid more drastic shortages in the future.
Environment12. Trump Administration Eyes West Coast As Transit Point for Coal Exports
The Trump administration is considering using West Coast military bases or other federal properties as transit points for shipments of coal and natural gas to Asia.
Environment13. Biosphere 2: A Once Troubled Social Experiment is Transformed
The once troubled Biosphere project has proved useful for science in its current iteration and is allowing scientists to study everything from ocean acidification on coral to food security.
DIY Health14. Easy DNA Identifications With Genealogy Databases Raise Privacy Concerns
A majority of Americans of European descent could be linked to third cousins, or closer relatives, using genealogy databases, a study finds. Soon it may be possible to identify nearly everyone by DNA.
15. Suisun Bay 'Ghost Fleet' a Shadow of its Former Self
Managers of Suisun Bay's legendary "mothball fleet" have winnowed it down to about a dozen ships, from the more than 70 that aroused controversy a few years ago.