It's been a little over a month since California declared a whooping cough epidemic, and according to the most recent data from the state, three neighboring Bay Area counties have the highest rates of the disease statewide: ...Read More
Watering your lawn or washing your car may become a lot more expensive. State regulators have approved new fines aimed at water wasters, hoping the penalties will lead to a reduction in water use.
NPR is reporting today about a fascinating survey that found that women who work full time “reported significantly better physical and mental health than moms who part time.” ...Read More
Economists estimate that the drought will cost the state's farm economy about $2.2 billion this year, including the loss of more than 17,000 jobs.
The world's oceans are changing — chemically changing. As people put more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, the oceans absorb more of it, and that's making the water more acidic. The effects are subtle in most places, but scientists say that if this continues, it could be a disaster for marine ...Read More
For those of you who still get a thrill from rocket launches, here's one today from Elon Musk's SpaceX company, headquartered in Hawthorne, California. The Falcon rocket, packed with communication satellites, blasted off Monday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. On board were six advanced satellites for the New ...Read More
The world had been awash in news about how we can see the evidence in our DNA of ancient humans mating with Neanderthals and their close relatives, the Denisovans. Now in a new study out in the journal Nature, a group of researchers has found the strongest evidence to date that this mating mattered.
Activists are hoping local residents will do what state legislators haven’t done -- shut down the controversial oil production technique known as hydraulic fracturing.
Planetary scientist Alan Stern is counting down the days — just 365 of them now. He's spent the past 8 1/2 years waiting for the New Horizons spacecraft to make a close encounter with Pluto. Next year, on July 14, the spacecraft will reach its destination. "Not only did we choose ...Read More
For a few weeks this spring, the Colorado River flowed all the way to the sea for the first time in a half a century. And during that window of opportunity, writer Rowan Jacobsen took the paddleboarding trip of a lifetime. The river starts in the Rocky Mountains, and for more ...Read More
State lawmakers approved the delay in late June, and at the same time tightened up the environmental review process for fracking permits.
Mandatory boat inspections stop invasive species from endangering Lake Tahoe’s pristine ecosystem.
Benicia city officials are giving people more time to comment on a proposal to bring crude oil by rail to Valero’s refinery there.
Company says it has ‘grave concerns’ about new environmental proposals attached to project. Read more ...
A decade ago, NASA's Cassini spacecraft, the largest and most complex robotic probe yet built, arrived in the Saturn system to begin a marathon exploration of the gas giant, its famous and awe-inspiring rings and what has turned out to be a collection of some of the most eye-opening moons in the solar system.
California residents who overwater their lawns or hose down their cars without a shut-off nozzle may soon face a $500-per-day fine. The State Water Resources Control Board proposed new regulations on Wednesday to crack down on excess water use. The board is set to consider the proposal on July 15. ...Read More
A day after hearing from dozens of people about Chevron's $1 billion proposal to upgrade its refinery in Richmond, the city's Planning Commission is meeting again Thursday evening to hear more comments.
A stress system gone awry can quite literally make people sick. (Getty Images) By Richard Harris, NPR Ask somebody about stress, and you're likely to hear an outpouring about all the bad things that cause it — and the bad things that result. But if you ask a biologist, you'll ...Read More
Despite the fact we're in the thick of the worst drought since the 1970s, the state has been relying on Californians to cut back water use voluntarily. Now the Water Resources Control Board is proposing fines of up to $500 on people who water their lawn, sidewalks or cars too ...Read More