National Park Services says loss of visitor spending hit some communities hard. But Pinnacles, the nation's newest national park, ducked the worst of the problems.
Latest series of storms is expected to douse entire region. But the drought? It's still with us. ...Read More
Package aims at helping those suffering worst impact of crisis, with emphasis on securing emergency water. ...Read More
The mass extinction that killed off the dinosaurs was known to have coincided with Earth getting hit by an asteroid. Next time, we may be the asteroid, according to Elizabeth Kolbert's new book "The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History." Kolbert writes that humans are not only "witnessing one of the ...Read More
A new trove of soft-body fossils promises to expand the range of time and life-forms available to science as we explore the Cambrian Explosion of a half-billion years ago.
State officials are trying to do damage control to help endangered salmon during the drought, but helping some fish could hurt others.
State Sen. Jerry Hill introduces bill that wouldo force billionaire to allow access to Martins Beach. ...Read More
Even with some recent rain, California’s drought grinds on, and health officials say 17 communities could run out of water within the next four months – or sooner. One of those, an hour north of Los Angeles, is the town of Lake of the Woods, perched above the Tejon Pass.
Police booked 28 protesters for blockading an entrance to the Federal Building Wednesday. ...Read More
A small flock of snowy plovers have moved to Crown Beach in Alameda this winter. Learn more about why they're threatened from Sharol Nelson-Embry of the East Bay Regional Park District.
The voluntary cut comes as East Bay district considers tapping the Sacramento River for the first time. ...Read More
Six out of every thousand people are estimated to be identical twins. This means that there are a lot of children being fathered by identical twins and that these twins are involved in a good number of crimes too. And until recently, none could be identified from just their DNA. This has all changed in a new study where scientists were able to reliably use DNA to tell two identical twins from each other.
But regulators also report that 12 million Californians live in areas where air violates federal rules. ...Read More
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.