Ferns and new shoots from oak trees are already appearing in the ashes of the Rim Fire in Yosemite National Park. But fire ecologists say the long-term recovery of the forest could be hampered if California’s dry weather continues
The Rim Fire is calling attention to a big problem: California’s forests are overloaded with fuel after a century of putting out fires. There’s a new push to use that fuel to make renewable energy, but it's sparked a heated debate.
Last week, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation to create California's first set of regulations on hydraulic fracturing. The controversial extraction technique, commonly known as fracking, involves a high-pressure injection of water, sand and chemicals into deep shale formations in order to create fractures that release reserves of oil or natural ...Read More
by Nancy DeVille, Richmond Confidential Jackie Thompson opened her door last month and discovered that someone had decided to turn her block into a landfill. Old television sets, paint cans, stained mattresses and moldy furniture littered the street. A mattress … Continue reading
Researchers wanted to know: Now that they've been banned, how soon would a controversial class of flame retardants called PBDEs start disappearing from women's bodies? The answer: Sooner than they thought.
A lake near Santa Cruz has the highest levels of toxic algae in the state, and some of the highest in the country, according to a new study. The report highlights Pinto Lake, which is in a park just outside of Watsonville.
The American Conservatory Theater plans to break ground Oct. 2 on the restoration of San Francisco's Strand Theatre. The $30 million project will represent a dramatic moment for arts companies that have been trying to remake Mid-Market – one of the city's funkiest neighborhoods – into a theater and ...Read More
WASHINGTON (AP) — Linking global warming to public health, disease and extreme weather, the Obama administration pressed ahead Friday with tough requirements to limit carbon pollution from new power plants, despite protests from industry and Republicans that it would dim coal's future. Photo: Craig Miller/KQEDThe ...Read More
Birds of prey across North America are heading south for the winter and will be at their highest concentration for viewing in the next couple of weeks. More raptors fly by Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands than anywhere else along our country's Pacific coastline.
Scientists are starting to assess the long-term impacts of the wildfire that has ravaged forests in and around Yosemite National Park for more than a month. A layer of ash covers the forest floor. (Mike McMillan/U.S. Forest Service) The Rim Fire-- sparked by a hunter's ...Read More
Along with cigarette butts, water bottles and candy wrappers, volunteers at the statewide beach cleanup this Saturday may find debris from the Japanese tsunami.
Morgan Fire, burning east of Mount Diablo, as seen from Lafayette the first night of the fire. About 3,100 acres burned southeast of the town of Clayton. (Susan Welty)Mount Diablo State Park has reopened to visitors today after firefighters contained a blaze that charred ...Read More
Immigration. Prison overcrowding. Hydraulic fracturing. The minimum wage. Those were just some of the major issues California lawmakers tackled during a frantic week of legislating in Sacramento. As legislators passed bills in marathon sessions this week, Gov. Jerry Brown played some whiffle ball. (Governor's Press ...Read More
Join a research team from University of California, Santa Cruz as they track, tranquilize and collar a wild puma. The special GPS collars collect data on the puma’s location and behavior, and they reveal how the big cats survive in their shrinking habitat in the Bay Area.
File photo. Energy Horizontal Gas Drilling Rig exploring the Marcellus Shale outside the town of Waynesburg, PA on April 13, 2012. Groundwater contamination and air pollution are among the environmental impacts some groups worry will come from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Fracking is a process that ...Read More
Morgan Fire, burning east of Mount Diablo, as seen from Lafayette late Sunday night. At least 800 acres have burned southeast of the town of Clayton. (Susan Welty) Bay City News Service On Sunday night and Monday, the Morgan fire on Mount Diablo looked ...Read More
A team of federal scientists is surveying areas burned by the Rim Fire to identify where the worst erosion danger is. An environmental group says restoration could cost tens of millions of dollars.
Mount Diablo burns in image taken Sunday evening, the first night of the Morgan fire. (Photo courtesy of Karl Frankowski, @karlfrankowski) CalFire is reporting that crews have made significant progress overnight in containing the wildfire burning on and around Mount Diablo. Officials downsized ...Read More