Importing an Arctic iceberg for freshwater? Painting brown lawns green? California has had some creative ideas for droughts in the past.
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.
Officials say there's no link between nuclear disaster and radiation on a Half Moon Bay beach. ...Read More
Oil and gas companies that are fracking off the Southern California coast must report chemicals discharged into the ocean under a new rule released by federal environmental regulators.
Rare winter wildfires flare up in N. California. Drought conditions prompt action in Sacramento area. ...Read More
Let's take a moment to tally a few of 2013's highlights of astronomy and space exploration. In brief, it was a very good year on a number of fronts.
Three youth-focused clothing chains, including San Francisco-based retailer Charlotte Russe, sell products with illegal levels of lead, according to an Oakland-based nonprofit group.
Imagine a world where your experiences can be passed on to the next generation. Scientists don’t yet know if this happens in people, but they have now confirmed in a new study that this sort of thing does happen in mice.
The obscure rare-earth metals turn out to be unexpectedly essential to life in hot volcanic mud--and probably elsewhere.
The FDA challenge may hurt the personal genetics industry in the short run. No traits, no health risks -- no fun. But the company is still allowed to show ancestry results. 23andMe's map of my distant relations offered a glimpse of the movement of people across the world. The more people who joined and shared their genomes, the more comprehensive a picture we could form of a global family tree. A day might come when I would know precisely how related I was to, for example -- you.
The US Chemical Safety Board released its report on the 2012 Chevron fire today, calling for massive overhaul and reform. ...Read More
Comet ISON is gone, Comet Lovejoy remains and a sun-grazing asteroid, 3200 Phaeton, is showing comet-like behavior. An interesting December to say the least.
After the Cold War, Russia converted surplus uranium to nuclear fuel for power plants — in the U.S. ...Read More
These charismatic critters draw a lot of attention and are thriving in local creeks, lakes and estuaries.The River Otter Ecology Project is working on the first-ever population assessment of these animals throughout the Bay Area.
The Chelyabinsk meteor was a 65-foot hunk of space rock that entered the Earth's atmosphere at about 12 miles per second before exploding with a force equal to 600,000 tons of TNT, enough to level buildings and send 1,200 people to local hospitals.
A NASA scientist sums it up: “If we ever get star travel, we’ll probably see a lot of traffic jams.”
On KQED's "Forum," the governor said fracking is only one small part of climate change. ...Read More