Environment

A welcome message is displayed on the dashboard of a 2010 Toyota Prius.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Study Finds Growing Number Of Hybrid Drivers Trading In Fuel-Sipping Cars For SUVs

Lower gas prices could be leading to drivers of hybrid and electric vehicles to trade in their cars for conventional vehicles, including SUVs, according to an analysis from auto research website Edmunds.com.

04/22/2015

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Dead Bird Tests Positive For West Nile Virus In Menlo Park

According to the San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District, the bird is the first indication of the virus this year in the county.

04/22/2015

The C&H Sugar Factory in Crockett. (C&H)

Bay Area Landmark Gets Green Facelift For Earth Day

The iconic “C&H Pure Cane Sugar” sign was erected in 1956 and is a landmark known throughout the Bay Area.

04/22/2015

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Lost Sea Lion Pup Waddles Into Backseat Of Patrol Car Near Fort Bragg

Sheriff’s deputies rescued an unusually friendly sea lion pup found waddling along a dark Mendocino highway.

04/22/2015

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California Officials Proposing Higher Electricity Rates For Households That Consume Less

California households that use the least electricity would start paying more for it, under a proposal put before state utility regulators on Tuesday intended to bring the prices charged for electricity more in line with its actual costs.

04/22/2015

A lawn being watered in Pleasanton. (CBS)

Pleasanton Approves Steep Fines Against Water Wasters

On Tuesday night, the city council voted to reinstate heavy fines against people who don’t cut their water bills 25 percent below what they used in 2013.

04/22/2015

Artificial turf field at Highlands Park in San Carlos. (CBS)

San Carlos Residents Question Watering Of Artificial Turf Field

It sounded like a no brainer, San Carlos installed artificial turf to save water. Now, neighbors are asking why a turf field is still being watered.

04/21/2015

Sheila Semans of the NOYO Center for Marine Science provided this picture of a killer whale that died on a beach north of Fort Bragg. (Courtesy: Sheila Semans)

Killer Whale Beaches Itself, Dies North Of Fort Bragg

Researchers flocked to the Mendocino coast after a killer whale beached itself and died, giving scientists the chance to study the rare occurrence.

04/21/2015

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MARCH 5: The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is illuminated with artist Leo Villareal's Bay Lights sculpture on March 5, 2013 in San Francisco, California. Designed by artist Leo Villareal, the Bay Lights is the world's largest LED light sculpture, spanning 1.8 miles long and 500 feet high with 25,000 individual LED lights. The installation will be on display daily from dusk to 2 a.m. for the next two years (Photo by Stephen Lam/Getty Images)

Bay Lights To Brighten Sky Over San Francisco Bay In Time For Super Bowl Fifty

The Bay Lights that lit up the Bay Bridge went dark in March, but will once again dazzle spectators and football fans flooding into the city for Super Bowl Fifty next year.

04/21/2015

The Chevron refinery in Richmond, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Hazmat Crews Headed To Richmond Chevron Refinery After Reports Of Flaring

HazMat crews were in route to the Richmond Chevron refinery as a precaution Monday after reports of flaring at the facility.

04/21/2015