Environmental measures seem to be struggling in Sacramento, despite Democrats holding sizable majorities in both houses.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
by Lance Williams, The Bay Citizen Gov. Jerry Brown backed away from a fight with environmentalists yesterday, abandoning a plan to exempt the $68 billion California bullet train project from environmental laws. Brown had hoped to fast-track construction of the controversial project by sidestepping key provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act. But the idea […]
The latest electric vehicle to hit the road can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 4.4 seconds with barely a sound. But will it overtake the competition? Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, says his company has already set the trend, forcing other automakers to launch their own electric vehicles for fear […]