Environment

Lake Berryessa

White House Designates Berryessa Snow Mountain As New National Monument

Mammoth bones, prehistoric rock carvings and more than a million acres of wilderness will be protected as part of three new national monuments that President Barack Obama is creating in California, Nevada and Texas.

07/10/2015

A ground crew member (R) is walks near the solar-powered airplane Solar Impulse 2 at a mobile hanger at Nagoya airport in Nagoya on June 3, 2015. (Photo credit should read TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)

Solar-Powered Plane Breaks Record, Lands In Hawaii After Flight From Japan

A plane powered by the sun’s rays landed in Hawaii Friday after a record-breaking five-day journey across the Pacific Ocean from Japan.

07/03/2015

Lake Temescal, a small reservoir in the Berkeley Hills, in northeastern Oakland, California. (Creative Commons)

Toxic Algae Bloom Closes Popular East Bay Lake To Swimmers, Dogs

Oakland’s Lake Temescal will be closed to swimmers through the Fourth of July weekend because of toxic algae blooms.

07/02/2015

A turtle's eye view of the Great Barrier Reef (WWF-Australia)

GoPro-Wearing Turtle Takes You On A Magical Ride Through Great Barrier Reef

A new conservation project lets anyone take a leisurely swim along Australia’s Great Barrier Reef through the eyes of a sea turtle.

07/01/2015

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

Industry Referendum Delays California’s Plastic Bag Ban Until November

Tuesday was supposed to be the last day for plastic grocery bags in California, but an industry-financed referendum has delayed the ban until after next November’s election.

06/30/2015

Google Street View of Yosemite's El Capitan (Google)

Google Street View Goes Vertical With Yosmite’s El Capitan

Google Maps is treading on new ground by taking its horizontal view mapping system 3,000 feet up the world’s most famous rock wall: Yosemite’s El Capitan.

06/25/2015

A crew cleans oil from the beach at Refugio State Beach on May 20, 2015 north of Goleta, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

ExxonMobil Stops Drilling Off Santa Barbara After May Oil Spill Crippled Pipeline

A spokesman says ExxonMobil has temporarily ceased oil production on three platforms off the coast of Santa Barbara because an oil spill last month crippled the pipeline it used to transport crude to refineries.

06/23/2015

Pope Francis speaks during his general audience at St Peter's square on May 13, 2015 at the Vatican. (VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)

Saint Mary’s College President: Pope Francis Connects Poverty, Ecology In Climate Change Manifesto

Dr. James Donohue, president of St. Mary’s College in Moraga, takes a closer look at Pope Francis’ encyclical where he calls for action on climate change and the environment.

06/22/2015

KPIX 5's Roberta Gonzales took this photo of the Far East Express lift at Squaw Valley on February 25, 2014. (CBS)

Environmental Group Sierra Watch Joins Fight Over Squaw Valley Ski Resort Expansion

Operators of the Village at Squaw Valley are seeking approval to build a year-found indoor recreation center and 850 hotel-condominium units with 1,493 bedrooms on over 80 acres of the resort’s parking lot.

06/22/2015

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 Francis’ Encyclical On The Environment Gets Early Praise From Bay Area Catholics

Pope Francis on Thursday issued a strong warning on climate change in his latest document, urging the world to deal with the problem now. The document, called an encyclical, has received early praise among Catholics in the Bay Area.

06/18/2015

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