Environment

Scientists from the Marine Mammal Center and the Academy of Sciences will perform a necropsy on a sperm whale that washed ashore a Pacifica beach on April 14 2015. (Edgar Teran)

Dead 50-Foot Endangered Sperm Whale Washes Ashore At Pacifica Beach

Biologists headed to the San Mateo County coast Wednesday morning to try and determine what killed an endangered sperm whale.

04/15/2015

A small pool of water is surrounded by dried and cracked earth that was the bottom of the Almaden Reservoir. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

East Bay Water Utility Votes To Impose 20-Percent Mandatory Reduction In Use As ‘Stage 4 Critical Drought’ Declared

The East Bay Municipal Utility District board of directors voted Tuesday to declare a stage four critical drought and impose a districtwide 20 percent mandatory reduction in water use.

04/14/2015

Crews remove walnut trees from farmer Paul Wenger's orchard due to the drought. (CBS)

Some California Farmers Destroy Orchards To Save Other Crops In Drought

Last summer, Paul Wenger thought his grove was strong enough to handle another drought. Instead, a reduction in water allocations this year has him forced to take down the old trees in order to give his new trees a chance at surviving the drought.

04/14/2015

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Radiant Meteor Shower With Chance For 100 Shooting Stars Per Hour Happening Now

An April meteor shower known for uncommon surges of up 100 shooting stars per hour is on tap for the next few days.

04/14/2015

Inside Fukushima's destroyed reactor (Tokyo Electric Power Photo)

New, Haunting Video Inside Ground Zero Of Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown Shows Colossal Radiation

The first video and photos taken inside ground zero of the Fukushima nuclear powerplant that melted down in the 2011 magnitude 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami show a devastating radioactive mess.

04/14/2015

John Muir

Volunteers Needed To Transcribe John Muir’s Hand-Written Journals

The University of the Pacific is joining with the public to help decipher some of naturalist John Muir’s journals.

04/13/2015

A fishing boat makes its way through the harbor near pier 45  in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

West Coast Sardine Fishing Season Called Off In Effort To Stave Off Industry Collapse

Fisheries managers have decided to call off the West Coast sardine fishing season that starts in July because of rapidly dwindling numbers, hoping to save an iconic industry from the kind of collapse that hit in the 1940s and lasted 50 years.

04/13/2015

Sprinklers water the lawns of a new housing development July 28, 2005 in Hesperia, California. California's demand for water will jump by 40 percent over the next 25 years according to a study released this week by the Public Policy Institute of California. Half of all the water used by inland homeowners, where growth is booming, goes to irrigating yards, compared to one third or less in the cooler coastal regions. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Free Lawn Removal, Rebates For Homeowners Who Want A More Drought-Friendly Landscape

California’s drought is driving more and more homeowners to give up their lush, green, water-guzzling lawns. Now, landscape companies are offering to rip them out for free, and water districts across the state are giving rebates as incentive.

04/13/2015

In a file photo, smoke drifts away from the Shell Oil refinery in Martinez. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Small East Bay Fault Could Shut Down Refineries, Disrupt Fuel Industry In A Major Quake

The Concord Fault is causing concern among Bay Area planners who worry that its 11-mile fracture zone is capable of producing a catastrophic earthquake that would impact regional and statewide fuel distribution.

04/13/2015

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3 Men Die After Diving Into Choppy Water For Abalone Off Mendocino Coast

Authorities say three men died after entering the choppy water off Northern California to dive for abalone.

04/12/2015