Priyanka Runwal, The Daily Democrat

Priyanka Runwal

The Daily Democrat

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Past articles by Priyanka:

CO₂ emissions from Silicon Valley and Salinas linked to ocean acidification in Monterey Bay

Scientists from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) report that CO² emissions from Silicon Valley and Salinas Valley are blowing over to Monterey Bay, a region renowned for its ric… → Read More

Why are gray whales dying in the San Francisco Bay?

So far, seven migrating whales have been reported dead in the San Francisco Bay — some from colliding with ships, which is not unusual, others from starvation, which is rare. → Read More

Where did all these golf balls come from?

Recognizing the seriousness of the problem, the Pebble Beach Co. has made a five-year commitment to undertake a series of organized golf ball cleanups. → Read More

Where did all these golf balls come from? –

PEBBLE BEACH — At Pebble Beach Golf Links, even the most skilled golfers have hit balls into the ocean. “But not that many golf balls are hit directly into the water,” says Mark Stilwell, Peb… → Read More

Seaside Middle School students adopt scientific float –

Pepperoni pizza may be among America’s favorite foods. But for sixth-graders at Seaside Middle School, “Pepperoni and Pizza” is their most prized possession. It’s yellow, bobs in the ocean and will… → Read More

Monterey family off on scientific adventure –

Galápagos Islands — Open the luggage of this Monterey family of four and you’ll find the expected – clothes for the warm and wet weather, flip flops, sunscreen, kids’ toys and books. B… → Read More

Look what the storm washed up –

While recent storms have brought heavy rain and gusty winds to the coast, they’ve also transported tree branches, plastic debris, and all kinds of other trash to local beaches. Over the past few we… → Read More

Marina Airport looks to take off with drones –

MARINA — When the Army transferred ownership of the Marina Airport to the city of Marina in 1995, city officials envisioned using a third of the 845 acres for light industrial development and… → Read More

California’s ‘dry farmers’ grow crops without irrigation –

SAN JUAN BAUTISTA — Jim Leap fondly recalls the first Early Girl tomatoes he grew at UC Santa Cruz’s farm in 1990. Sweet and bursting with flavor, they were raised without a single drop of irrigate… → Read More

Where the Christmas trees go –

MARINA — The holiday season has come to an end. Christmas trees have been stripped of their lights and ornaments. And most, if not all, of those firs and pines have made their way from the li… → Read More

Monarch numbers way down –

PACIFIC GROVE — Imagine if the population of Los Angeles shrunk to that of Monterey. That’s just about as drastic a drop monarch butterfly numbers in California have made over the last year.… → Read More

‘Responsible’ tourism the mantra for local officials –

MONTEREY — Getting stuck in traffic in the Big Sur area along Highway 1, especially on the weekend, isn’t that uncommon. Drivers often assume it’s because there are too many people on the roa… → Read More

Officials to discuss ‘too much’ tourism at conference –

MONTEREY — Last month, tourists visiting the iconic Bixby Bridge were greeted by a row of Big Sur residents, holding white placards. One read “Honor the spirit of Big Sur as it honors me.” Re… → Read More