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Activists Protesting Keystone XL Pipeline Arrested in San Francisco

February 6, 2014 | 10:15 am

Activists Protesting Keystone XL Pipeline Arrested in San Francisco

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Police booked 28 demonstrators for blockading an entrance to the Federal Building Wednesday.

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Rep. George Miller Has Harsh Words for Intelligence Committees

January 24, 2014 | 7:00 am

Rep. George Miller Has Harsh Words for Intelligence Committees

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Retiring lawmaker says panels fail to provide oversight and that his successor ‘better be skeptical.’

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Why Are Democratic Lawmakers Failing to Pass Environmental Bills?

September 16, 2013 | 6:26 pm

Why Are Democratic Lawmakers Failing to Pass Environmental Bills?

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Environmental measures seem to be struggling in Sacramento, despite Democrats holding sizable majorities in both houses.

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4 California Colleges Ranked Among Nation’s Greenest Schools

August 14, 2013 | 9:15 am

4 California Colleges Ranked Among Nation’s Greenest Schools

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Trayless dining halls, LEED-certified buildings and alternative energy sources are increasingly getting attention  at college campuses across the country. Students aren’t just looking for schools with good sports teams anymore. Now environmental consciousness is part of the equation. A new ranking from Sierra magazine lists some of the greenest of them all, and you might […]

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Key State Report to Show How Water Tunnels Will Impact Endangered Fish

March 26, 2013 | 3:53 pm

Key State Report to Show How Water Tunnels Will Impact Endangered Fish

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This month, new details have emerged about Gov. Jerry Brown’s $23 billion plan to build new plumbing in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. It could be the state’s largest water project in a generation, consisting of two massive, 40-foot-wide tunnels and thousands of acres of habitat restoration. On Wednesday, state water officials will release new studies […]

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Tunnel Vision: Who Really Determines California’s Water Flow

March 19, 2013 | 5:07 pm

Tunnel Vision: Who Really Determines California’s Water Flow

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Governor Jerry Brown’s plan for two massive tunnels in the Delta is getting a lot of attention, but a different state agency is making the tough water decisions.

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California Ocean Reserves Show Promising Results for Marine Life

February 28, 2013 | 11:27 am

California Ocean Reserves Show Promising Results for Marine Life

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A groundbreaking network of marine reserves off the California coast are showing promising results, according to scientists meeting in Monterey this week. The results come five years after the state set up the first group of “marine protected areas”—zones where fishing is either limited or banned all together. Several fish species seem to be rebounding […]

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Do High-Tech Traffic Tools Work? Caltrans Hopes They’ll Ease I-80 Traffic Mess

October 22, 2012 | 2:03 pm

Do High-Tech Traffic Tools Work? Caltrans Hopes They’ll Ease I-80 Traffic Mess

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Bay Area drivers have some notoriously bad daily commutes, but if you’re looking for the stretch of freeway with top bragging rights, look no further than the Interstate 80 corridor through Richmond and Berkeley. Caltrans ranks it as the worst traffic in the Bay Area. Now, Caltrans and regional transportation groups are kicking off an […]

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Tree Deaths Spike as Sudden Oak Death Spreads Across California

October 12, 2012 | 9:32 am

Tree Deaths Spike as Sudden Oak Death Spreads Across California

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The U.S. Forest Service says hundreds of thousands of oak trees have died over the last year due to the plant disease known as Sudden Oak Death. Scientists still don’t have a reliable way to control the epidemic. The spike in tree deaths, more than 300,000 in California this past year, is due to the […]

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Climate Change: Can Marine Life Adapt to More Acidic Seas?

September 26, 2012 | 4:30 pm

Climate Change: Can Marine Life Adapt to More Acidic Seas?

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Marine scientists from around the world are gathering in Monterey this week to discuss what is sometimes a little-noticed climate change problem: ocean acidification. The oceans have become about 30 percent more acidic since the start of the Industrial Revolution – the result of soaking up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Today, oceans absorb about […]

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