Every winter, California newts leave the safety of their forest burrows and travel as far as three miles to mate in the pond where they were born. Their mating ritual is a raucous affair that involves bulked-up males, writhing females and a little cannibalism.
Well at least some in the Bay Area are getting more housing. Two marine sanctuaries off the coast of Northern California will more than double in size, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has ruled.
Florida might not like to talk about climate change, but here in drought-stricken California, the topic's not so taboo. Mired in year four of the worst drought on record, Californians are witnessing the climate literally change before their eyes. As the state nears the end of one of ...Read More
Uneven rainfall across the state has helped replenish Northern California reservoirs, while those to the south remain in mostly abysmal shape. Meantime, the latest snow report is in, and it's not good.
Marine scientists from up and down the West Coast say it's a one-two punch to the Pacific food web.
Railroads and oil companies stage a show-and-tell in Sacramento to highlight safety measures they've put in place. Environmentalists and community activists remain skeptical.
Under pressure from a federal deadline and amid news reports that state regulators allowed oil companies to inject wastewater into aquifers clean enough to drink from, officials outlined plans for new safeguards.
Lake Oroville, Then and Now July 2011 (Paul Hames/CA DWR) August 2014 (Justin Sullivan/Getty) Despite some stormy December days and predictions in Northern California for a wet weekend ahead, the state is bracing ...Read More
State scientists, federal agencies, and a lab in Britain are all trying to identify a mystery gunk that killed hundreds of sea birds in San Francisco Bay. It's been three weeks, and still no word on what the gunk is. KQED investigates why it's taking so long.
Regulators say the stricter new standard could save lives and reduce hospitalizations. Critics say it would be costly and would kill jobs.
Three years after California state parks were discovered to have mismanaged millions of dollars, a task force issued recommendations for how to manage and fund the state park system.
Mystery goo in the San Francisco Bay has affected hundreds of sea birds along the East Bay shoreline. Sharol Nelson-Embry of the East Bay Regional Park District recounts their efforts to rescue these birds from this unidentified substance.
'Frozen reservoir,' source of a third of California's water, is far below historical average.
An unidentified substance has killed or injured hundreds of birds so far.
The annually-averaged temperature was 1.24 degrees Fahrenheit over the 20th century average, and easily broke the records set in 2005 and 2010.
A recent study from the San Francisco Estuary Institute shows that the Bay Area's status as a flame retardant (PBDE) "hot spot" has dramatically improved since the 2002 phaseout of the toxic chemicals.