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
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've solved the ...Read More
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
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
Later this week, the U.S. Forest Service will release plans to allow logging companies to harvest some of the dead trees. Some environmental groups say it would destroy important wildlife habitat.
More and more Americans are sleeping less and less. That's according to data from the Centers for Disease Control that show a growing number of people sleep less than six hours a night. And research shows people who sleep less are at greater risk for heart disease, obesity and diabetes. ...Read More
The Oregon Fire, sparked by a boat trailer that broke away from a truck on Highway 299 just outside Weaverville. (Chris Woodward via Twitter)Cal Fire crews are hurrying to throw containment lines around a fire burning on the outskirts of the town of Weaverville, in Trinity County northwest ...Read More
Source: USGS A 6.0 magnitude earthquake that rattled Napa and surrounding communities early Sunday morning was the largest to hit the Bay Area since the devastating 6.9 Loma Prieta quake in 1989. The South Napa Earthquake, as it's being called, struck at 3:20 a.m., causing significant damage and injuries ...Read More
Nicholas George looks under a buckled highway just outside of Napa, California. (Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images) Kids skateboard over buckled roads in a residential neighborhood of Napa, California. (Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images) <img src="http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/files/2014/08/454093346-640x435.jpg" ...Read More
Ten seconds before the South Napa Earthquake struck, UC Berkeley’s ShakeAlert predicted the quake.
The South Napa Earthquake is a sobering reminder that the Bay Area could be hit by a devastating earthquake at any time. Are you prepared? Prepare your earthquake kit now, so you will have it ready when it's needed. (Earthworm/Flickr) 1) Create an Earthquake Kit Unlike hurricanes and other severe storms, earthquakes ...Read More