Environment

Paul Elio inside his Elio's trunk (Photo: Elio Motors)

$6,800 Car Gets 84 Miles Per Gallon, But It’s Missing One Thing

A car that gets 84 miles per gallon and costs just $6800, yet is made in America might be the solution to every Bay Area road warrior’s problems, and it is on its way soon according to Elio Motors.

05/13/2015

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: God Will Judge You On Whether You Cared For Earth

Pope Francis warned the rich and powerful on Tuesday that God will judge them on whether they fed the poor and cared for the Earth, his latest exhortation on the environment ahead of his eagerly-awaited encyclical on climate change and its effects on the world’s most vulnerable.

05/13/2015

Delta Dam

Construction Begins On Emergency Delta Salt Water Barrier

Construction on a $30 million emergency barrier to prevent salt water from entering drinking water supplies began this week in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

05/08/2015

A golf course in Palm Springs. (CBS)

Amid Epic Drought, Palm Springs Residents Guzzle 4 Times More Water Than San Francisco’s

With 300 days of sunshine a year and miles of bright green lawns, this is Palm Springs, smack in the heart of the Sonoran desert.

05/07/2015

The Toyota Mirai, a hydrogen fuel cell car. (YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)

Bay Area Among First Markets For Toyota’s Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle

Drivers in the Bay Area will be among the first in the U.S. to be able to purchase a vehicle that runs on hydrogen later this year.

05/06/2015

Scattered Jeffrey pine mortality (foreground) on Laguna Mountain on the Cleveland NF, with a
recent fire scar in background. Gray trees are dormant black oak or possibly dead oak. (USDA)

California Drought Leaves 12 Million Trees Dead

Extreme drought conditions have left an estimated 12 million trees dead in California’s forests over the past year.

05/04/2015

Diesel smoke spews from a truck as morning commuters travel the 210 freeway between Los Angeles and cities to the east.   (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Governor Brown Calls For Reducing Emissions 40 Percent Below 1990 Levels By 2030

The executive order is the most aggressive benchmark in North America and is line with those of leading international governments, including the European Union.

04/29/2015

Solar Panels

Feds Pledge $75M For Converting Solar Energy Into Liquid Fuel At Berkeley Lab, Caltech

Federal officials have pledged $75 million for the study of harnessing solar energy for fuel production at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the California Institute of Technology.

04/29/2015

A bicyclist rides his bike down Polk Street on Bike to Work Day May 14, 2009 in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

9 Lame Excuses For Not Riding Your Bike To Work

What’s keeping you from riding your bike to work or school? With Bike To Work Day coming up on May 14, it’s a fine time to reevaluate concerns about transitioning to a two-wheel commute.

04/28/2015

San Francisco City Hall (credit: HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)

Drought Hypocrisy: San Francisco Using Drinking Water To Heat City Hall, Other Buildings

The people who want us to use less water are part of a system that could be among the biggest water wasters in San Francisco. That system is in hot water, because of hot water.

04/23/2015

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