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Lack Of Rainfall A Life And Death Matter For Wildlife Creeping Into Backyards

The state-wide drought is not just impacting humans. Wildlife Emergency Services in Moss Landing says they’re getting some out of the ordinary phone calls about wild animals venturing into urban areas in a desperate search for food and water.

01/27/2014

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Small Storm Expected To Bring Rain Back To Bay Area This Week

Rain is expected to reach the Bay Area later on Wednesday and last into Thursday but it may hardly be worth grabbing for an umbrella for as the National Weather Service said it will not be much.

01/27/2014

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Napa Tourism Thrives, Tahoe Suffers Amid Dry Winter

Tourism in the Sierra and Lake Tahoe is suffering due to the lack of snow this winter. Meanwhile, the Napa Valley is reaping the benefits of an unusually dry and mild season with a huge jump in visitors.

01/24/2014

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30th Bay Area Spare The Air Day This Season Issued For Saturday

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District on Friday issued a wood-burning ban for Saturday, the 30th such ban in the region during the air district’s winter season.

01/24/2014

WesPac Energy wants to modernize and reactivate this old PG&E oil storage terminal in Pittsburg. The facility would primarily hold fracked oil shipped by train from North Dakota, Colorado, and Texas. (CBS)

Tighter Regulations Recommended For Trains Carrying Crude Oil Into Bay Area

There have been four major crashes of North American trains carrying crude. Now in an unprecedented move, federal investigators in the U.S. and Canada are saying trains need tighter regulations before disaster strikes again.

01/24/2014

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SFSU Science Building To Remain Closed After Hazardous Materials Found

University officials are scrambling to relocate classes normally held in the school’s Science Building, which has been shut down because of concerns over asbestos, mercury and lead found there.

01/23/2014

A mud-covered boat is seen in an area that was until recently underwater July 26, 2007 in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Nevada. A seven-year drought and increased water demand spurred by explosive population growth in the Southwest has caused the water level at Lake Mead, which supplies water to Las Vegas, Arizona and Southern California, to drop over 100 feet to its lowest level since the 1960s. The National Park Service has been forced to close or extend boat launch ramps, and move entire marinas to try to keep up with the receding water levels. Because the water at the lake, the largest man-made reservoir in North America, isn't being replenished as fast as it's being used, water managers are now working to come up with plans to combat the effects of continued population growth, drought and a dwindling supply of water from the Colorado River due to climate change. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

UC Berkeley Professor: California Dry Spell May Be Worst Since 1500s

In California, 2013 was a record-setting year because of the lack of rainfall. A professor at UC Berkeley warns this time could go into the record books as the driest in centuries.

01/22/2014

Matt Walker of the USA competes during the ski slopestyle portion of the Alli Dew Tour on February 20th, 2009 at Northstar Resort in Truckee, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

KCBS Cover Story: California Drought Severely Impacts Sierra Ski Industry

Some Tahoe-area resorts have not even been able to open their runs due to a lack of snow.

01/22/2014

California Gov. Jerry Brown discusses pension reform during a news conference on August 28, 2012 in Los Angeles. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Phil Matier: Gov. Brown Expected To Make Drought Declaration Friday

Gov. Jerry Brown is scheduled to make a major announcement in San Francisco on Friday morning, with multiple reports claiming he will declare a drought emergency in California.

01/16/2014

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San Francisco Launches Nation’s First Recycled Clothing Campaign

San Francisco has become the first city in the country to launch a campaign to recycle clothing in a way similar to how bottles, cans, and cardboard are recycled.

01/15/2014

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