Environment

Lake Temescal, a small reservoir in the Berkeley Hills, in northeastern Oakland, California. (Creative Commons)

Toxic Algae Bloom Closes Popular East Bay Lake To Swimmers, Dogs

Oakland’s Lake Temescal will be closed to swimmers through the Fourth of July weekend because of toxic algae blooms.

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A turtle's eye view of the Great Barrier Reef (WWF-Australia)

GoPro-Wearing Turtle Takes You On A Magical Ride Through Great Barrier Reef

A new conservation project lets anyone take a leisurely swim along Australia’s Great Barrier Reef through the eyes of a sea turtle.

07/01/2015

People walk with groceries in plastic bags in Chinatown in San Francisco. (David Paul Morris/Getty Images)

Industry Referendum Delays California’s Plastic Bag Ban Until November

Tuesday was supposed to be the last day for plastic grocery bags in California, but an industry-financed referendum has delayed the ban until after next November’s election.

06/30/2015

Google Street View of Yosemite's El Capitan (Google)

Google Street View Goes Vertical With Yosmite’s El Capitan

Google Maps is treading on new ground by taking its horizontal view mapping system 3,000 feet up the world’s most famous rock wall: Yosemite’s El Capitan.

06/25/2015

A crew cleans oil from the beach at Refugio State Beach on May 20, 2015 north of Goleta, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

ExxonMobil Stops Drilling Off Santa Barbara After May Oil Spill Crippled Pipeline

A spokesman says ExxonMobil has temporarily ceased oil production on three platforms off the coast of Santa Barbara because an oil spill last month crippled the pipeline it used to transport crude to refineries.

06/23/2015

Pope Francis speaks during his general audience at St Peter's square on May 13, 2015 at the Vatican. (VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)

Saint Mary’s College President: Pope Francis Connects Poverty, Ecology In Climate Change Manifesto

Dr. James Donohue, president of St. Mary’s College in Moraga, takes a closer look at Pope Francis’ encyclical where he calls for action on climate change and the environment.

06/22/2015

KPIX 5's Roberta Gonzales took this photo of the Far East Express lift at Squaw Valley on February 25, 2014. (CBS)

Environmental Group Sierra Watch Joins Fight Over Squaw Valley Ski Resort Expansion

Operators of the Village at Squaw Valley are seeking approval to build a year-found indoor recreation center and 850 hotel-condominium units with 1,493 bedrooms on over 80 acres of the resort’s parking lot.

06/22/2015

Pope Francis speaks during his general audience at St Peter's square on May 13, 2015 at the Vatican. (VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)

Pope Francis’ Encyclical On The Environment Gets Early Praise From Bay Area Catholics

Pope Francis on Thursday issued a strong warning on climate change in his latest document, urging the world to deal with the problem now. The document, called an encyclical, has received early praise among Catholics in the Bay Area.

06/18/2015

Green Wedding (Photo Credit: Thinkstock)

How To Make Your Wedding More Eco-Friendly

June is peak time for weddings. Invitations, flowers and food are among the things that drive up the cost. But they also can increase a celebration’s toll on the environment, and for many couples, that’s a big concern.

06/18/2015

Pope Francis waves at the faithful on St. Peter's square on April 15, 2014 after his weekly general audience at the Vatican. (Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/Getty Images)

Global Warming Turning Earth Into ‘Immense Pile Of Filth,’ Pope Says In Radical Manifesto

Francis framed climate change as an urgent moral issue to address in his eagerly anticipated encyclical, blaming global warming on an unfair, fossil fuel-based industrial model that harms the poor most.

06/18/2015

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