Drought-Plagued Western U.S. Stuck in Vicious Climate Feedback LoopMore than 30 million people are under heat warnings and advisories with more than 93 percent of the West in drought this week. Scientists say heat and drought are inextricably linked in a vicious feedback loop that climate change makes even harder to break.
Warming Climate, Low Sierra Snowpack, Evaporating Runoff Extend California DroughtThe West's historic drought is the result of many factors, one of which scientists have recently begun to analyze with more scrutiny: snow drought.
California Urges EPA To Let State Set Its Own Auto Emissions StandardsOfficials from California, New York and other states urged the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday to allow California to set its own automobile tailpipe pollution standards.
Oakland, San Jose Mayors Urge Residents To Take Part In Energy Savings Challenge; Smart Thermostats Given AwayThe mayors of Oakland and San Jose are among those who have partnered with a startup in an effort to challenge residents to save energy this summer.
California Sen. Padilla Proposes Vast Expansion Of Federally-Protected Public Lands In Fight Against Climate ChangeCalifornia Sen. Alex Padilla on Monday proposed a vast expansion of government protection for public lands and rivers that he said would fight climate change and safeguard natural treasures for generations to come.
Rising Sea Level Threatens Stinson Beach NeighborhoodsThe U.S. Geological Survey predicts that by 2100 the ocean could rise as much as seven feet, putting some 600,000 homes at risk of flooding. Many of them are in Marin County.
PG&E, Utilities Push To Cut Subsidies For Home Solar Energy SystemsHomeowners with solar panels get paid by PG&E for energy they kick back to the grid, but utility companies are pushing to cut credits.
Biden To Restore California's Power To Set Auto Emission Rules, Reverse Trump DecisionThe U.S. Transportation Department is moving to reverse former President Donald Trump's bid to end California's ability to set its own automobile tailpipe pollution standards.
Earth Day: Breed Says San Francisco Ahead On Climate Goals, Seeks Carbon Neutrality By 2045Mayor London Breed marked Earth Day by announcing San Francisco is ahead of schedule in its goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and has set an ambitious goal to be carbon neutral by 2045.
Climate Activists Protest at Wells Fargo Headquarters in San FranciscoDozens of protesters gathered in San Francisco Friday to demand that Wells Fargo take responsibility for what they say is its role in the climate crisis.
Gov. Newsom Announces $536 Million Plan for California Forests Ahead of Fire SeasonCalifornia will authorize $536 million for wildfire mitigation and forest management projects before the worst of the fire season strikes later this year, Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders said Thursday.
UC Researchers Find North Coast Kelp Forest Nearly Wiped OutSatellite imagery shows that the kelp forest that only eight years ago formed a leafy canopy along the Northern California coast has almost disappeared.
Warming Waters Draw Increasing Numbers Of Young Great White Sharks To Monterey BayThere is a dramatic increase in the number of great white sharks swimming in Monterey Bay. The influx is indicative of broad ocean changes underway because of climate changes.
Berkeley Council Considers Banning Most Gas, Diesel Car Sales By 2027Looking to cut greenhouse gas emissions, leaders in Berkeley are seeking to sharply reduce the number of gas and diesel vehicles sold in the city.
2020 Sets Record With 22 Separate Billion-Dollar Climate, Weather Disasters in U.S.An astonishing 22 separate weather and climate disasters costing over $1 billion each occurred in the U.S. in 2020. Western wildfires accounted for a total of $16.5 billion in damage.