Environment

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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Monterey Bay Aquarium Knocks 21 Fish From Seafood Watch List

Twenty-one species of fish made the leap Tuesday off a watch list of seafood to avoid as unsustainably overfished.

09/03/2014

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

Sonoma County Plastic Bag Ban Goes Into Effect; Statewide Ban Bill Sits On Governor’s Desk

Sonoma County joins the growing list of jurisdictions in the State of California to impose a ban on plastic shopping bags. The ban went into effect on Monday.

09/01/2014

Rim Fire

U.S. Forest Service To Allow Logging Of Dead Trees From Rim Fire Near Yosemite; Ecologist Calls It ‘Travesty’

A U.S. Forest Service decision released Wednesday will allow loggers to remove dead trees from 52 square miles of forests blackened last year in a massive central California wildfire, a move contested by environmentalists.

08/27/2014

2013 Tesla Model S (Photo credit: Tesla Motors)

Coachella Valley Emerges As Possible Location For Tesla Motors Battery ‘Gigafactory’

Known for its annual music festival, the Coachella Valley in Southern California has emerged as a potential location for Tesla Motors to build its widely anticipated battery factory.

08/19/2014

Stevens Creek Reservoir in Cupertino,  January 30, 2014 (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

California Plans To Vote On New Water Bond Measure For November Election

Pressed by a deadline and California’s severe drought, state lawmakers are scheduled to vote Wednesday on a measure that would swap out an existing water bond on the November ballot.

08/13/2014

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Focus Of Governor Brown’s Mexico Trip Is Energy, Education, Not Immigration

Though the pundits may be talking about immigration these days, Governor Jerry Brown was in Mexico Tuesday to talk business, specifically energy and education.

07/29/2014

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