Environment

A North Pacific rattlesnake (Croatalus oreganus oreganus) (Mike Spencer/Sonoma County Reptile Rescue)

Watch Your Step! Rattlesnakes Out Early On Bay Area Trails

Rattlesnakes are out a month earlier than usual in the Bay Area, so watch your step out on hiking trails.

03/30/2015

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Climate Change May Impact Oceans For Thousands Of Years, UC Davis Study Finds

The effects of climate change on the world’s seas could be felt thousands of years from now, not just in the immediate future, according to research from the University of California, Davis.

03/30/2015

A WWF activist dressed as a panda bear stands next to an illuminated globe in front of the Brandenburger Gate in Berlin during the the global climate change awareness campaign "Earth Hour." (JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Bay Area Lights Go Out As World Observes Earth Hour

Bay Area bridges, high-rises and landmarks go dark at 8:30 p.m. Saturday evening to mark Earth Hour.

03/28/2015

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE CREATES DRAFT YOSEMITE VALLEY PLAN

Glacier Point Road Opens For Season In Yosemite National Park

Rangers say they’re opening Glacier Point Road, which takes drivers to a lookout perched at 3,214 feet above the valley floor.

03/28/2015

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Crews Clean Up Chemical Plume Release At Dow Pittsburg Plant

More than 20 workers worked to clean up an unintended chemical release at Dow Chemical’s waterfront processing facility in Pittsburg Friday afternoon.

03/27/2015

Plastic grocery bags are piled into a grocery cart. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Plastic Bag Ban Goes Into Effect For Unincorporated Monterey County

Shoppers in unincorporated Monterey County will have to start bringing their own bags to businesses starting this Friday, when a plastic bag ban goes into effect.

03/26/2015

toilet, flush, water

Gold From Poop? USGS Scientists Look At Recovering Valuable Metals From Feces, Sewage

What goes down the drain might be more valuable than people think. Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey are looking at the possibility of recovering gold, along with rare elements from feces and sewage.

03/25/2015

Plastic straws picked up from the beaches in Bolinas over the span of a week in January 2015. (Photo Credit: Heather Itzla)

San Anselmo High School Students Urge Restaurants To Stop Using Plastic Straws

The “Straws Upon Request” campaign aims to replace plastic straws with compostable paper straws in an effort to help the environment.

03/25/2015

fireplace, fire, hearth

Bay Area Air Quality Regulators Propose Fireplace Phase-Out, Ban On Wood-Burning Devices In New Homes

Bay Area air quality regulators are looking to phase out the traditional fireplace and forcing homeowners to swap out their wood-burning devices before selling or renting.

03/23/2015

A beach-accessible wheelchair available at some Bay Area beaches. (Source: California Coastal Commission)

Beach-Capable Wheelchairs Available At Bay Area Beaches

If you need a wheelchair, the California Coastal Commission doesn’t want it to keep you from enjoying California’s amazing beaches, and they have the equipment to make it happen.

03/23/2015