The debate over hydraulic fracturing in California is heating up as oil and gas regulators release draft rules for the controversial oil extraction technique.
Ancient ice is an important source of information about global climates of the past. Although the ice itself is a valuable record, the real prize is the air bubbles preserved in it, some that could be as much as 1.5 million years old.
By the end of the century, the Bay Area's landscape could look more like Southern California's, raising tough questions for land managers trying to preserve parks and open space.
A new report by Stanford University scientists finds that the earth is warming much faster than thought. What might be even more surprising is the speed of the change.
Regional planners have approved a new land use plan for the Bay Area. Plan Bay Area, as it’s known, is designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions 15 percent per capita over the next 20 years by focusing development in zones close to downtown areas and transit hubs.
The record-breaking Australian summer of 2012–13 could not have happened without the human disturbances—greenhouse gases, aerosols and ozone—that underlie global warming. Australia’s experience may provide a clue about the future for dry continental areas like our own American West.
Earlier this year, geologists in Yosemite Park came to the sad conclusion that one of California's iconic glaciers, the Lyell, had ground to a halt, having lost too much mass to sustain its downward movement. Knowing that California's approximately 130 glaciers will not be around forever, Tim Palmer spent a summer on a personal quest to climb and photograph as many of these frozen giants as he could manage.
More than 500 scientists from around world signed a joint statement drafted by California scientists in the hope of sending a unified message about the changing climate.