(Getty Images) Update September 2, 6:05 p.m.: A judge ruled Tuesday that Berkeley officials must change the soda tax measure language because it is currently misleading. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo said the city's statement that the tax would only be imposed on “high-calorie, sugary drinks” is “a form of ...Read More
The era of unlimited groundwater pumping in California could be ending. A package of bills would require local agencies to restore over-pumped aquifers.
Last weekend's 6.0-magnitude earthquake, centered at the southern edge of Napa, was the strongest to strike the Bay Area since the Loma Prieta quake of 1989. Scientists are in the area studying what happened, and learning a fair bit that upends what they thought was going on in the region. ...Read More
Shorebird populations worldwide are declining, and endangered birds like the spoonbill sandpiper are facing extinction in the next five years. Learn about shorebirds who migrate to San Francisco Bay during winter months and how you can join the first annual "World Shorebirds Day" celebration.
BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico disrupted business all along the coastline. Through the end of July, the oil giant paid more than $13 billion to compensate people, businesses and communities affected. The company is disputing some of those claims in court battles that could drag ...Read More
Among the helpful advice and resources that government agencies are sharing after the South Napa earthquake, the most effective product may be the newly released comic book "Without Warning."
I've visited St. Louis' Bellefontaine cemetery before, but never at night. It's really dark. The looming trees are black against the sky, where a half-moon is just barely visible behind some clouds. I can see eerie lights and strange, shadowy figures moving among the gravestones. As I move in for a closer ...Read More
On top of the drought, the South Napa Quake damaged dozens of water pipes and last month a ruptured pipe ruptured on the UCLA campus leaked about 20 million gallons of water. So how strong is California's water infrastructure?
The Plains have experienced prolonged, and in some places severe, drought during the last several years. But could drought ever make Nebraska's Sandhills resemble the Sahara? Yes—and it has, several times before. Today Nebraska's Sandhills are lush grasslands, but in the last century they've been rolling bare dunes. (Photo by Ariana ...Read More
Water pounds down the spillway from Lewiston Dam on the Trinity River. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is increasing flows to aid migrating salmon. (Dan Brekke/KQED)A federal judge has rejected a bid by two of the biggest irrigation districts in the San Joaquin Valley to stop emergency water releases intended ...Read More
A century ago, miners working in California's Death Valley reported seeing boulders on the desert floor with long trails behind them — as if the stones had been pushed across the sand. But, despite 60 years of trying, no one ever saw what moved them. Now scientists think they have the answer.
A U.S. Forest Service decision will allow loggers to remove dead trees from 52 square miles of forests blackened last year in a massive central California wildfire, a move contested by environmentalists.
The northern arm of the Rocky Mountains is sometimes called "the crown of the continent," and its jewels are glaciers and snowfields that irrigate large parts of North America during spring thaw. But the region is getting warmer, even faster than the rest of the world. Scientists now say warming is ...Read More
Sleep apps can help track sleep, but experts say to stay away from too much tech before bed. On Forum, sleep scientists debunked myths, like what the effects are of sugar, alcohol, hormones and health on your sleep.
The Bay Area loses about 23 billion gallons of water a year because of old, leaky water pipes. That's enough to supply more than 70,000 families for a year. It's an enormous waste in a time of drought, and the aging infrastructure is vulnerable to natural disaster. After this week's ...Read More
Kitchens are a dangerous place to be in an earthquake. Note that the refrigerator moved. (Mina Kim/KQED) I don't like earthquakes, yet I live in quake country. It's a paradox. To mitigate my worry, I err on the side of preparedness. But this post is not to lecture you about creating an ...Read More
Phil Ross has grown furniture from fungus and thinks his sustainable mushroom-based material can be used to replace a variety of manufactured materials, including plastics and engineered wood. (Katie McKracken/Workshop Residence) Why build a home if you can grow one? San Francisco-based artist Phil Ross has spent the last 20 years ...Read More
By Lisa Pickoff-White and Dan Brekke It's no surprise, really: Water levels in California's reservoirs continue to drop as the thirsty state waits for the first sign of fall rains. Still, it's startling to see the evidence of how far the reservoirs have fallen. Last week, Getty Images photographer ...Read More