Environment

Kids belonging to a fishing summer camp show off their catches on July 30, 2015. (CBS)

Bay Area Fishermen Report Huge Catches Ahead Of Forecasted El Nino

Despite the drought, Bay Area fishermen said they’re enjoying some of their best hauls in years. An approaching El Nino is likely sending fish surging toward our shores.

07/30/2015

Wragg fire (CBS SF)

National Guard Sending Helicopter Fleet To Aid Firefighters Battling 14 Northern California Wildfires

The California National Guard is sending in a fleet of helicopters to back up firefighters battling flames raging across the northern half of the state.

07/30/2015

Houseboats are moored on a shrinking arm of the Oroville Lake reservoir which is now at 25 percent capacity as a severe drought continues to affect California on May 24, 2015. Local media is reporting that California officials are now looking to Australia for advice on how to deal with long term drought as the state enters its fourth year of severe drought. (Photo: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

Poll Finds Most Californians Say Climate Change Linked To Drought

Nearly two-thirds of Californians believe global warming is having an impact on the state’s persistent drought, sharing Gov. Jerry Brown’s environmental concerns as he presses for tougher climate change standards, according to a new statewide poll released Wednesday.

07/29/2015

An oil slick that appeared off the Southern California coast. (CBS)

2-Mile-Wide Oil Slick Mysteriously Appears Off Southern California Coast

The Coast Guard says a 2-mile-wide oil slick that mysteriously materialized off the Southern California coast is expected to dissipate on its own in the days ahead.

07/29/2015

LAKE MEAD NRA, NV - MAY 13: A tractor tire sits in the waters of Lake Mead near Boulder Beach on May 13, 2015 in Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Nevada. As severe drought grips parts of the Western United States, Lake Mead, which was once the largest reservoir in the nation, has seen its surface elevation drop below 1,080 feet above sea level, its lowest level since the construction of the Hoover Dam in the 1930s. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Epic Drought Reveals Lake Mead’s Hidden Historic Sites

Like reservoirs throughout the drought-stricken West, Nevada’s Lake Mead is far below capacity, down more than 60 percent. But even as the drought deepens, tourists are flowing in.

07/29/2015

Drakes Bay, Point Reyes National Seashore (National Park Service)

Rip Currents Caused By Swell Prompts Warning For Beachgoers

The National Weather Service is warning beachgoers of hazardous conditions such as rip currents along south facing beaches in Marin and Santa Cruz counties.

07/29/2015

A employee holds a 129,000 USD crocodile Hermes Birkin Bag for the press to see during a private opening for the new Hermes store on Wall Street in New York. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

British Actress Wants Name Removed From Pricey Hermes Birkin Bags Due To Crocodile Cruelty

British singer/actor Jane Birkin told Hermes to take her name off the handbag after learning about the alleged cruel practices used to harvest the crocodile skins some of the bags are made of.

07/29/2015

Solar Panels

Let Your Career Shine With A Job In The Solar Panel Industry

The future is bright for people looking for work in the solar panel industry. Jill Schlesinger has more.

07/29/2015

Prickly pear fruit, picked from cacti. (ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/Getty Images)

Importers Fined For Selling Produce Tainted With Illegal Pesticides

The tainted produce sold includes lychee, longan, burdock root, ginger, taro root, fragrant pear, cactus leaves, cactus pears, purslane and squashf from Thailand, Taiwan, China and Mexico.

07/29/2015

Grass Fire

Bay Point Vegetation Fire Burns 37 Acres Before Firefighters Contain It

A fire burned 37 acres in windy conditions in Bay Point before being contained Monday afternoon, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District officials said.

07/27/2015