Beginning Saturday, railroads must notify states when large shipments of crude oil come through by train. The new rule is in response to safety concerns with crude-by-rail.
This weekend, history buffs relive trek made to the Sierra more than a century ago by black Army troops.
There's a drilling boom in California -- and it's not for oil or gas. With little help from the sky or the Sierra snowpack this year, farmers and ranchers are leaning heavily on pumping groundwater. Counties in the farm-rich Central Valley are issuing record numbers of permits for new wells. ...Read More
Though there are no wild wolves in California, state officials, expecting them to get here eventually, voted to protect them.
On Monday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released controversial new regulations aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. Environmentalists are applauding the move, but the coal industry and many business groups oppose it, saying the regulations would boost electricity prices. We'll examine the EPA proposal and discuss the ...Read More
New rules for existing power plants could mean more partners for California's carbon market.
When future geologists, whatever species they may be, look for our signs in the fossil record of the future, it may be this newly described amalgam of plastic and sediment.
Ten aircraft join battle to contain blaze that started Monday near major reservoir. ...Read More
Some 'senior rights' holders can get virtually all the water they want as the rest of state cuts back. ...Read More
In his 2007 book "The World Without Us," author and journalist Alan Weisman explored some harrowing questions about what Earth would look like without people. In his new book, "Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?", he focuses on the perils of overpopulation. The population of Earth ...Read More
The news in photos from around the Bay Area. ...Read More
The polluted beaches that made the 'Beach Bummers' list suffer from problems like poor circulation and outdated sewage systems.
There's more than meets the eye to the reported reassessment of the state's next big oil play.
Tuesday morning the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the pre-emptive move against hydraulic fracturing. A state bill that would ban fracking until there is more scientific study is in limbo.
To start, a beautiful time-lapse film by Simon Christen … “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.” Mark Twain may never have actually said it himself, but that doesn't make the observation any less accurate. As any naive tourist shivering miserably in a tank ...Read More
Seasonal firefighters started training months earlier than usual this year. It may seem like common sense that it's dry out there, but there is a science to knowing how dry, and to knowing when the threat of wildfire is at its worst.
California Environmental Protection Agency (full-size graphic below) Be it torrential rains or severe droughts, huge wildfires or rising sea-levels, every corner of the United States has been — and will continue to be — impacted by the effects of human-induced climate change. That's the scenario presented last week by a ...Read More
One of nine blazes in county races across hillsides near campus of Cal State-San Marcos. ...Read More