A recent study from the San Francisco Estuary Institute shows that the Bay Area's status as a flame retardant (PBDE) "hot spot" has dramatically improved since the 2002 phaseout of the toxic chemicals.
In November, a United Nations climate panel offered a stark warning to world leaders: time is running out to avoid potentially catastrophic climate change. We'll talk with the chair of that panel, Rajendra Pachauri, about his proposed solutions to the looming crisis. We'll also get his take on the likelihood ...Read More
The U.S. Supreme Court has left in place limits on water exports from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to protect the Delta smelt.
Only 84 years after its discovery in 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh, it is the eve of our first-ever close-up look at everyone’s favorite dwarf planet, Pluto. NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will make a fly-by on July 14th, after a high-speed, nine-year voyage.
As an eager crowd of conservationists gathers to watch an excavator scoop out the final portion of the old levee at the historic Cullinan Ranch, located at the north end of San Pablo Bay, it seems even Mother Nature can't wait.
Stanford researchers believe they’ve found a drug for cardiac stents that can more effectively prevent complications, because the drug targets the actual cause of stent disease.
It’s well-known that daylight length is an important migratory trigger, but a new study from UC Berkeley finds birds use infrasound, or tones lower than the normal range of human hearing, to flee bad weather.
What does it mean to be blue? The wings of a Morpho butterfly are some of the most brilliant structures in nature, and yet they contain no blue pigment -- they harness the physics of light at the nanoscale.
The just-released seismic resiliency plan for Los Angeles goes beyond just saving lives; it hopes to ensure that the nation's second-largest city will still work after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake.
Thanks to a meteorite collected in 1879, we have finally given a name to the most abundant mineral in Earth. Here's why it took so long to christen this stuff.
UCSF molecular biologist and former astronaut Millie Hughes-Fulford is sending an experiment into space that could one day help travelers going to Mars and aging people here on Earth. She seeks to understand how a lack of gravity impacts our immune system.
A city-run alternative to PG&E could rake in millions for San Francisco but faces opposition from the business sector.
But given the state of long-range forecasting, climatologists admit that the glimmer could be a mirage.
The power plant near San Luis Obispo pulls in 2.5 billion gallons of seawater every day, and then lets it out, 20 degrees warmer, back into the ocean. The system is known to cause marine damage, harming billions of fish larvae.