Tens of thousands of people are expected to descend on Half Moon Bay to watch the big wave surf contest, but the beach and cliffs are off-limits to spectators. If you want to watch the competition, your options are on TV, online or at a festival near the beach.
There are more than a thousand species of sharks and rays in the world, and nearly a quarter of them are threatened with extinction. That means these ancient types of fish are among the most endangered animals in the world.
Gov. Jerry Brown says California is in an "unprecedented, very serious situation," and calls for voluntary 20 percent statewide reduction in water consumption.
Importing an Arctic iceberg for freshwater? Painting brown lawns green? California has had some creative ideas for droughts in the past.
A UCSF researcher explains how public pressure on makeup manufacturers seems to work, and why it's "common sense" to keep plastic dishware out of the microwave.
Researchers are launching a new project to monitor California's kelp forests for radiation from the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan. Scientists will fan out along the California coast to collect kelp and find out if it has absorbed any radiation from the 2011 meltdown.
Utilities find that nothing drives water savings quite like giving you a peek at your neighbors' habits.
Environmental groups are generally lauding Governor Jerry Brown's new budget, which includes an outline for spending revenue from the state's carbon auctions.
A San Jose judge has increased by $50 million the amount that paint makers will have to pay into a fund to remove lead paint from homes across the state, making the total $1.15 billion.
Male California tarantulas are now roaming through the Bay Area looking for love. Find out more about where you can see them, what they're doing and what dangers they face from naturalist Sharol Nelson-Embry.
Scientists who study the rugged continent are on edge as funding for research remains in jeopardy.
Manufacturers who want to sell their products in California now have to start finding safer alternatives to the hazardous chemicals used in baby bottles, laundry detergents, and other everyday products. New rules took effect on October 1 that regulate chemicals under the state’s Green Chemistry Initiative, a 2008 law. Forum host Michael Krasny talks with guests about the environmental health and legal issues at stake in the new regulations.
National Park Service facilities from Alcatraz to Pinnacles National Park will be closed to visitors, and many employees at federally supported research facilities, including NASA Ames in Mountain View and the national laboratories at UC Berkeley and Livermore, face furloughs.
The rise of a small, fuming island after a large distant quake may not be such an exotic event. Look for one when the next Big One strikes California.
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.
Scientists have struggled for a long time to explain why 85-90 percent of people are right-handed. They’ve known genetics plays an important role in people occasionally ending up left-handed, but they also know it is not the whole story.