Environment

'Citizen Scientists' Use Drones To Map Impact Of El Niño On California CoastIn California, residents are using smartphones and drones to document the coastline's changing face.
SF-Based Sierra Club Sues To Stop U2 Guitarist The Edge From Building Malibu MansionsThe Sierra Club is suing the California Coastal Commission in an effort to halt approval of U2 guitarist The Edge's plans to build five mansions on a Malibu ridge.
Google 'Project Sunroof' Tells You If Solar Rooftop Panels Are A Good DealGoogle's new online service tells homeowners whether they should consider buying or leasing solar photovoltaic panels.
Fog Brings Poisonous Mercury Into Pacific Coast EcosystemThere's danger lurking in the Pacific Coast fog bank. The mist that creeps ashore on "little cat feet" every summer can contain mercury in far higher concentrations than rainwater.
East Bay Parks Buying Contra Costa County Farmland To Help Protect Threatened AnimalsThe East Bay Regional Park District’s Board of Directors voted Tuesday to purchase a tract of farmland in Contra Costa County to provide habitat for threatened animals, according to district officials.
Nearly 200 Nations Pledge To Fight Climate Change In Historic Global PactNearly 200 nations adopted the first global pact to fight climate change on Saturday, calling on the world to collectively cut and then eliminate greenhouse gas pollution but imposing no sanctions on countries that don't.
SF Mayor Says Switch To Renewable Diesel For Transportation Fleet Is CompleteS.F. mayor Ed Lee announced at a summit in Portland, Ore. that San Francisco has completed a switch to renewable diesel at all 53 fueling facilities for the city's diesel vehicle fleet.
State's Nuclear Power Industry On Brink Of Extinction As PG&E Mulls Shutting Diablo CanyonFacing increasing concerns over earthquakes, a boom in alternative energy production and a tough regulatory environment, PG&E may let its license to operate California's last nuclear power plant at Diablo Canyon expire in 2025.
Nevada Researchers Trying To Turn Roadside Weed Into BiofuelScientists who've been cultivating gumweed on the University of Nevada campus think they are on the verge of producing diesel fuel, and perhaps someday jet fuel, from a sticky cousin of the sunflower that grows across much of Nevada's high desert.
Toxic Ocean Algae Events Could Get Worse; Conservation Group Warns Of Marine Mammal Die-OffsOfficials with the Center for Biological Diversity said toxic ocean conditions could become commonplace throughout the Northeast Pacific Ocean as the ocean becomes warmer.
13th Largest Wildfire In Modern California History Fully Contained A wildfire that burned for more than three months, becoming one of the largest blazes in state history, is finally contained.
Man-Made Levee Breach At Sears Point Creates New Tidal Marsh In Sonoma CountyA man-made breach in the Sears Point levee in southern Sonoma County Sunday allowed high-tide salt water from San Pablo Bay to begin filling a 1,000-acre tidal marsh basin.

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