Environment

brush fire, grass fire, vegetation fire, contra costa county

Firefighters Battling Vegetation Fire In Walnut Creek

Firefighters are battling a three-acre vegetation fire Tuesday afternoon in Walnut Creek near the Lime Ridge Open Space, a Cal Fire spokesman said.

08/25/2015

Hayward marshland (CBS)

The Slow-Moving Disaster: Rising San Francisco Bay Levels

It’s a multi-billion dollar problem, it’s sure to happen, it’ll affect almost everyone in the Bay Area, and nobody is in charge of planning for it.

08/24/2015

Insect swarm (Photo by Fairfax Media via Getty Images)

Creepy Seed Bugs Swarm Eastern Sierra Communities, Invade Homes & Cars

The gas station’s ground was covered with the small winged bugs. Piles of carcasses, inches deep, sat swept to the sides.

08/24/2015

A potential hybrid car buyer test drives a Toyota Prius in San Francisco. (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)

California Rebates For Hybrid, Electric Cars Restricted After Plan Criticized As Taxpayer Handout To The Wealthy

State lawmakers and air quality officials are restricting rebates on hybrid and electric cars because they have been claimed by hundreds of Californians who make $500,000 or more.

08/24/2015

A young humpback whale carcass is washed ashore at Sunset Beach in Monterey, March 6, 2015. (CBS)

Investigation Into Deaths Of 30 Whales Along Alaska’s Shores Intensifies

A federal agency announced plans Thursday for a more intense investigation into what caused the deaths of 30 large whales in the western Gulf of Alaska since May.

08/23/2015

Floating Debris

Boaters Mapping Floating Garbage Patch In North Pacific Return To San Francisco

Volunteer crews on 30 boats have been measuring the size and mapping the location of tons of plastic waste floating between the West Coast and Hawaii.

08/23/2015

Russian River. (CBS)

Russian River Visitors Warned About Possibly Toxic Algae

Sonoma County officials began posting signs Friday at public beaches along the Russian River, warning swimmers of possibly toxic algae blooms.

08/21/2015

A customer at a salon has her nails done. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Bay Area Lawmaker Seeks To Remove Hazardous Chemicals From Nail Salons Statewide

The Healthy Nail Salon Task Force created by Assemblymember David Chiu will work through the fall on nail salon issues with a goal of pursuing legislation during the 2016 session that begins in January.

08/20/2015

(NOAA)

El Niño Helps Make July Earth’s Hottest Month On Record

Records go back to 1880, but nine of the 10 hottest months on record have happened since 2005.

08/20/2015

A tanker drops fire retardant on a grass fire near Tesla and Corral Hollow roads in unincorporated Alameda County east of Livermore, August 19, 2015. (CBS)

2,500-Acre ‘Tesla’ Fire Burns Near Livermore, 5 Percent Contained

A fast-moving grass fire burning east of Livermore has quickly grown to 2,500 acres Wednesday evening, according to Cal Fire, and firefighters have it 5 percent contained.

08/19/2015