The amount of fish that Americans eat is a crucial variable in determining water-pollution limits, limits that may be based on outdated data in some states. ...Read More
The debate over hydraulic fracturing in California is heating up as oil and gas regulators release draft rules for the controversial oil extraction technique.
There's been a great deal of anticipation surrounding Comet ISON—and a great deal of debate about whether it will become a Comet of the Century, or fizzle out like so many other comets of the century have in the past. ISON is now visible in binoculars, which may bode well for a good sky show in the coming weeks.
Fossil DNA suggests ancient European wolf populations are the direct ancestors of most modern dogs. ...Read More
Drought and declining snowpack mean streams are becoming less habitable for Montana's revered trout. ...Read More
A new cap on the number of crab traps could help Bay Area fishermen--and maybe keep fresh crab in your local market a bit longer.
Scientists and researchers are turning to new and innovative online funding methods to pay for their projects. And the public is buying in. ...Read More
After a debate that pitted renewable energy against a threatened tortoise, the Ivanpah solar farm in the Mojave Desert is on the verge of opening.
As vineyards proliferate around this farm town halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, residential wells are starting to go dry. Some are calling the plight of Paso Robles a good example of what's wrong with California's unregulated groundwater supply.
New, more realistic flood maps could boost flood insurance rates. Will politics trump science? ...Read More
Lack of data analysis leaves state in the dark as to success of plastic bag law. ...Read More
California Governor Jerry Brown promises, "this will spread," as three states and one province agree on climate goals -- but no mechanism to enforce them.
Cuts are delaying plans for equipment upgrades and preventing new research from getting underway. ...Read More
A newly published study from the University of Washington demonstrates how we can forecast landslides that will follow a major earthquake in the Bay Area.
The eight states that account for about a quarter of the U.S. car market band together to get more electric cars and other "ZEVs" on the road.
In Washington state, a river once known for its abundant salmon run is getting a second chance. The Elwha River dams, which decimated salmon populations and profoundly altered the ecosystem, are coming down and hopes are high that salmon will return. ...Read More
These insidious waves often seem to come out of nowhere and claim lives -- even on calm, sunny days. But how?
Drivers hit thousands of animals every year on California freeways, often killing the wildlife, and sometimes killing or injuring the human, too. Several western states have built fencing and other infrastructure to help wildlife cross freeways safely, and critics say California could be doing a lot more of the same.