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?
Activists are hoping local residents will do what state legislators haven’t done -- shut down the controversial oil production technique known as hydraulic fracturing.
A wave of high tides is expected to hit much of the East Coast this week. These special tides – king tides — occur a few times a year when the Moon's orbit brings it close to the Earth. But scientists say that lately, even normal tides throughout the year ...Read More
You can now visit 14 California State Parks from the comfort of your own web browser, using Google Street View.
Excess phosphorus in lakes can cause destructive algae blooms big enough to be seen from satellites. NOAA image. We depend on big farms for our food. For crops, that means a lot of fertilizer; for animals, that means a lot of waste. For the lakes near these farms, that means a ...Read More
After nearly a decade of negotiations, scientific studies, congressional intervention and protracted legal skirmishing, the National Park Service and Drakes Bay Oyster Co. announced Monday they've reached agreement on terms for the firm's final exit from Point Reyes National Seashore.
A federal judge in Fresno has ruled that the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation did not violate the law when it made special reservoir releases last year to help salmon in Northern California's Klamath River survive the drought rather than save the water for farms. But U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O'Neill ...Read More
Fenit Nirappil Associated Press Shoppers in San Franicsco's Chinatown with plastic bags. (David Paul Morris/Getty Images) SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores, driven to action by a buildup of litter and damage to aquatic ...Read More
By Isaac Silk People protest for greater action against climate change during the People's Climate March on Sept. 21, 2014 in New York City. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images) Hundreds of thousands of climate change protesters, including a large delegation of Californians, descended on New York this past weekend ahead of the United Nations ...Read More
Mount Shasta as it appeared on a hazy day in late August 2014. (Dan Brekke/KQED) MOUNT SHASTA, Siskiyou County — U.S. Forest Service crews on Mount Shasta were dealing Monday with mud flowing from a melting glacier that covered two roads and a bridge in muck, logs and rocks and forced ...Read More
San Francisco-based Glowing Plants hopes to engineer trees that can light city streets. For now, the team is working with smaller plants. (Lindsey Hoshaw/KQED) In the basement of a startup lab in San Francisco, scientist Kyle Taylor stands in a dark, windowless room. “I kind of like to have a big ...Read More
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The Carbon Map was created by Duncan Clark and Robin Houston from the design firm KILN as an entry to the World Bank's Apps for Climate competition. Recently updated and featured on The Guardian, the map resizes the world's geography to reflect the nations most responsible ...Read More
A new federal report affirms what scientists have been saying for years: California's "bank account" of snow-melt water may be overdrawn within decades.
Streets in New York City and other towns are being taken over by marchers Sunday in what organizers hope will be the largest climate change protest in history.
Water is always a hot political topic in California, and this drought-plagued year is no exception. Proposition 1 on the November ballot would authorize $7.5 billion for what supporters say are critical water quality and infrastructure projects. We'll discuss what's in the bond and hear from opponents who claim that ...Read More
California water districts are eyeing a potential new source of water: trees. After a century of fire suppression, Sierra Nevada forests are more dense than ever before. And those pine trees are taking up a lot of water that might otherwise run off into California rivers.
Plastics provide convenience but litter our oceans and waterways. Find out about efforts to clean up our coast and inland waterways at this year's annual Coastal Cleanup and how the "bag ban" may help keep trash out of our environment.
All is not well with the nation's birds. The most comprehensive study ever of birds in America is out today, and it says many populations are in steep decline, even as others are doing well. The report, called "The State of the Birds," comes from the federal government, universities and ...Read More