The drought is putting a spotlight on water use around California, including for hydraulic fracturing. How much water does fracking use and will it increase as companies tap into the Monterey Shale, estimated to be the largest oil resource in country?
More and more crude oil is being transported into California by rail lines, and questions about safety are prompting local governments and environmentalists to take action.
Scientists, students and volunteers are descending on the Golden Gate National Recreation Area this Friday and Saturday to record as many plant and animal species as possible in 24 hours. It's part of an event called a BioBlitz.
Drivers have long been tempted to steal a quick glimpse of the rugged Northern California coastline below Highway 1. With the opening of the new Devil’s Slide Trail, now visitors will be encouraged to stop and take it all in.
Getting sick in space is no picnic. So scientists are sending bugs to the International Space Station, hoping to better predict some of the physical challenges that may befall astronauts when NASA eventually sends the first human mission to Mars.
Chances are you read a headline about the Big Bang earlier this week. Perhaps you clicked to an article about it and started reading up. But you may still have some burning what-is-this-Big-Bang-news-anyway questions.
Some sea lions suffer from a form of epilepsy that bears a striking resemblance to epilepsy in humans. That insight could help scientists develop treatments and eventually find a cure for temporal lobe epilepsy, one of the most common forms that people get.
In one of the first tiny fractions of an instant after the Big Bang, the Universe expanded explosively, faster than the speed of light. That exponential expansion of, well, everything, is described by the theory of inflation, which may now be confirmed.
State Assemblyman Richard Bloom is determined to end the use of orcas for water shows in California, where the whales jump through hoops, for example, or carry trainers on their backs.
Earlier this year, managers at a hatchery near Vancouver, Canada said they lost three years' worth of scallops -- 10 million animals -- to acidic waters. Ocean acidification is worse off the West Coast than anywhere else in North America.
And some say that a fracking boom in California will raise the ante.
Six years after voters passed the California Green Chemistry Initiative, the state lays out its plan to get toxic products off shelves.
Plan relies on renewables -- and fossil fuels -- to fill gap created by shutdown of nuclear power plant.
A wave generated by Japan's monstrous Tohoku earthquake destroyed Crescent City's fishing harbor. Engineers say the new design should withstand a 50-year event.
Less consumption in places with water meters, which will be required in all homes and businesses by 2025.
Scientists are finding that dust storms in Asia and Africa influence how much snow falls in the Sierra Nevada. The research could help make weather forecasting more accurate and improve how California manages its water supply.
Starfish on the West Coast have been dying in startling numbers. Some observers have documented sea star bodies turning to mush, others described the creatures disintegrating. It's "sea star wasting disease," and scientists don't know what causes it.
National Park Services says loss of visitor spending hit some communities hard. But Pinnacles, the nation's newest national park, ducked the worst of the problems.