Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday defended a plan that dramatically scales back the amount of habitat restoration for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta while two giant tunnels are built to deliver water to farms and millions of city dwellers to the south. Brown said the new approach would accelerate the pace ...Read More
Sure, California drought imagery may be reaching its saturation point in the media, but the images are just too darn striking to ignore. Case and point. In average precipitation years, the snowpack in California's Sierra Nevada range is usually deepest in March, at the tail-end of winter storms. High elevation peaks ...Read More
After their populations plunged in the mid-20th century, bluebirds have made a comeback with help from volunteers who make and monitor nest boxes.
A young paleontologist has figured out how to tell male and female stegosaurs apart from the rows of plates upon their backs.
Esthetics and water conservation clash as California cities find their own laws at odds with the governor's water reduction mandates.
At the Gulf State Park Pier in Orange Beach, Ala., Wetzel Wood casts his fishing line into the rough surf of the Gulf of Mexico. He pulls his bait, a cigar minnow, through the water just beyond where the waves break for the shore. "On a good day you'd catch king ...Read More
A mountain lion was holed up under a house in Los Angeles for a little while last week, making headlines across the country. But the puma, known as P-22, was already pretty famous. He's got his own Facebook fan page with more than 2,000 likes, plus a couple of ...Read More
A new study of fossils on an island in the Arctic Ocean show a major episode of extinction that qualifies as a new "great dying."
Agriculture consumes about 40 percent of the state's water, or 80 percent of water available for human use. Critics question the viability of growing water-intensive crops like almonds and rice, but others argue the state's water woes are too complex to pin on a single industry.
From KQED Education Do Now: On March 9, 2015, Apple announced the release of a new tool that enables researchers to build iPhone apps for collecting health data directly from iPhone users. Should we allow apps to collect private health data for research?
Investment in the cleantech industry has seen major growth in the San Francisco Bay Area over the last decade, jumping from less than half a billion in venture capital dollars to $3 billion, according to figures from the State of the Valley conference in February. Yet, a closer look at ...Read More
Advocates say the San Joaquin Valley Air District should focus on sources it can control, like farming machinery. (David McNew/Getty Images) By Alice Daniel California's Central Valley grapples with some of the dirtiest air in the nation. The culprits range from its vast agriculture industry to trucks on Highway 99. But one ...Read More
The drought hasn't held back the wildflowers this year. See what's blooming in naturalist Sharol Nelson-Embrys blog.
Jonathan Jarvis, director of the National Park Service, talks about the future of our national parks.
The green sea turtle typically lives in tropical waters, like the shores of Mexico or Hawaii. But recently, scientists have discovered a population swimming year round in a river just south of Los Angeles. It's the northernmost group of these turtles known to science. Visit the three-mile stretch of the San Gabriel ...Read More
Last year 4 million people visited SeaWorld's theme parks, where the top shows feature killer whales, also known as orcas. For years, activists have charged that keeping orcas in captivity is harmful to the animals and risky for the trainers who work with them.
Far beneath the icy crust of Saturn's small moon Enceladus, hydrothermal activity may be at work, activity similar to what is found in some life-friendly environments on Earth.
Matt Wandell is a biologist at the Steinhart Aquarium at the California Academy of Sciences. His work involves feeding the animals, cleaning the tanks and making sure everything in the aquarium stays healthy. Wandell also participates in research expeditions to survey coral reefs and collect organisms.