Environment

Malnourished murres at International Bird Rescue in Fairfield. (CBS)

Fairfield Bird Rescue Treats Growing Number Of Sick Seabirds, Warmer Oceans May Be To Blame

It’s dinnertime at International Bird Rescue in Fairfield. The feather-friendly facility is packed with murres, birds who live their whole lives in the ocean and are rarely seen by humans.

09/02/2015

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Study: Up To 90% Of Seabirds Have Plastic In Their Guts

Nine out of 10 seabirds have plastic in their guts, a new study estimates. In 1960, the estimate was only 5% of individual seabirds. Now, researchers predict by the year 2050, the number will be 99 percent.

09/01/2015

Leaves of a mature marijuana plant. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Men Arrested After 800 Pot Plants Found, Threatened To Empty Streams In Mendocino County

Four out-of-state residents are suspected of cultivating and possessing pot for sale in a rural area of Mendocino County after investigators found 800 marijuana plants and a hash oil lab.

09/01/2015

Tahoe Citizen Science App

Lake Tahoe Smartphone App Lets Casual Beach-Goers Do Science Research

Researchers at Lake Tahoe are enlisting tourists and other beach-goers to record their observations and photographs on a new smartphone app to help scientists better understand the lake’s environmental conditions.

08/30/2015

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

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

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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

Roof solar panels. (CBS)

California Tax Measure To Create Green Jobs Falling Far Short Of Expectations

Three years after California voters passed a ballot measure to raise taxes on corporations and generate clean-energy jobs by funding energy-efficiency projects in schools, barely one-tenth of the promised jobs have been created, and the state has no comprehensive list to show how much work has been done or how much energy has been saved.

08/17/2015

A lawn sprinkler sends water runoff onto the sidewalk in violation of restrictions during an early morning patrol by the City of Sacramento Water Conservation Office in Sacramento. (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

San Jose Offering To Convert Your Thirsty Lawn Into A Drought-Tolerant Paradise For $500

As the drought continues to diminish California’s bodies of water, including San Jose’s iconic Guadalupe River, the City of San Jose announced that it is introducing another incentive to help conserve water.

08/12/2015

Leaves of a mature marijuana plant. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Study: Is Marijuana Cultivation Sucking California Dry?

An increasing number of marijuana operations is making California’s drought worse, according to a new study.

08/07/2015

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