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Southwest Jets lined up at an airport terminal (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Bay Area Southwest Jets To Begin Using Sustainable Fuel From Twigs, Bark, Wood

The idea of your jet fuel coming from sawdust, twigs, bark, and wood biomass might seem odd, but Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) has always done things a bit differently, and Wednesday announced that starting in 2016, jets flying from San Francisco, San Jose, and Oakland would begin using a sustainable, low-carbon biofuel in addition to regular fuel.

09/25/2014

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New Ultra-Responsive Lighting System At UC Berkeley Can Sniff Out, Fix Stinky College Dorm Rooms

Greasy pizza boxes, layers of shower scum and several weeks worth of dirty laundry evoke classic scenes from a college dorm room. But now with a new technology being installed at Cal this week, those smells could be left out.

09/25/2014

Gov. Jerry Brown speaks with supporters following early results in the June 3 California primary election. (CBS)

Gov. Brown Touts California’s Cap-And-Trade System To UN Climate Summit

Gov. Jerry Brown took his message on climate change to the world stage Tuesday addressing the United Nations Climate Summit as part of star-studded lineup urging action on global warming.

09/23/2014

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There Are Too Many Trees In California Soaking Up Much Needed Water, UC Berkeley Study Says

Environmental scientists at UC Berkeley are saying that there are too many trees in the California’s forests. Scientists say that less trees would leave more rain water available to meet the state’s demand.

09/22/2014

Blink electric car charger by Ecotality. (CBS)

Gov. Brown Signs Legislation To Boost Clean-Air Vehicle Use

Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law several bills designed to boost use of clean-air vehicles in California.

09/21/2014

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

Plastic Bag Ban At Walnut Creek Stores Takes Effect Thursday

Starting Thursday, customers at Walnut Creek retailers will have to bring a reusable bag or pay 10 cents for a paper bag to carry their purchases as the city’s plastic bag ban takes effect.

09/18/2014

Birds Fly Over Central Valley Rice Field

Conservationists Rent California Rice Fields As Habitat For Drought-Threatened Migrating Birds

With severe drought covering 95 percent of California, ‘pop-up wetlands’ are one of the few tools that conservationists have to help stave off possible bird die-offs this fall.

09/13/2014

Workers at Del Mar Seafoods processing squid. (CBS)

Partnership Looks To Keep Fresh Caught California Squid Local

Most of the squid caught in California usually travels about 12,000 miles before it hits your plate. Now, there is a movement to cut down on the distance.

09/09/2014

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Experimental GMO Crops In California Grown With Little Oversight

Genetically-modified corn that’s being grown along California’s Central Coast is being used in an experimental vaccine for hepatitis B with little federal oversight.

09/08/2014

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

Chevron Fined $278,000 For Air-Quality Violations In Richmond

Chevron has agreed to pay more than a quarter-million dollars for air-quality violations at its Richmond refinery.

09/05/2014

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