South Bay Surfer Helping To Clean Up Beaches In Half Moon Bay, South AfricaBillions of pounds of plastic and other pollutants end up in the ocean every year. This week's Jefferson Award winner is a San Mateo County woman who has been rounding up her small coastal community to help clean it up.
Bureau Of Land Management Tightens Protections Against Illegal Resale Of Wild Horses; Advocates SkepticalU.S. officials who are trying to adopt out wild horses captured on public land say they are tightening protections to guard against the illegal resale of the animals for slaughter, but advocates say the government needs to do more, including ending incentive payments for adoptions.
Fire Whirls, 'Pyro' Clouds, Smoky Skies: Extreme Fire Behavior a Preview of What's to ComeAs scientists examine how much of this summer's wildfire behavior can be attributed to human-caused climate change, they say extreme fire events seen recently may only be a preview of what's to come in the coming decades.
Dixie Fire Update: Wildfire Grows To 181,289 Acres; Flames Threatening Twain and QuincyThe Dixie Fire that raged through bone-dry timber and brush in Plumas and Butte counties grew to 167,430 acres by Friday night, according to Cal Fire officials.
As Drought Deepens, Mendocino Runs Low on WaterThe village of Mendocino on California's North Coast is running low on water after two years of little rainfall during the drought, forcing residents and business owners to truck in water from elsewhere.
Drought Emergency: California Could Cut Off Water To Thousands Of Farmers In AugustCalifornia regulators are planning to stop thousands of farmers from taking water out of the state's major rivers and streams because of a worsening drought.
Critics Bid To Overturn Approval Of Tahoe Resort ExpansionEnvironmental lawyers are urging a California appellate court to overturn a pair of district court rulings that handed significant victories to the Squaw Valley ski resort as it moves forward with expansion plans.
$20,000 Price Tag Of San Francisco Trash Can Prototypes Stuns Residents, City LeadersSan Francisco's Department of Public Works wants to replace 3,000 existing green trash cans with bigger and better-looking ones. The prototype being considered will cost taxpayers about $20,000 per can.
Momentum Building For Major Donors Supporting Racially-Diverse Climate GroupsA massive foundation in Silicon Valley is among the philanthropic groups focusing on directing funds to minority-led environmental organizations, according to data released Thursday.
Bill From Bay Area Congress Members Will Study Effects Of Wildfire SmokeTwo members of Congress based in the Bay Area sponsored legislation Thursday that authorizes $20 million for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to study the health impacts of wildfire smoke and what can be done to mitigate its effects.
Vegetation Fire In Antioch Spreads To Apartment Building, Burns CarsA vegetation fire that broke out in Antioch Wednesday afternoon spread to a nearby apartment complex and burned vehicles, officials said.
Drought Emergency: Santa Clara Valley Water District Customers Falling Short Of Conservation GoalsIn the nearly month and a half since the Santa Clara Valley Water District declared a drought emergency and urged everyone to start saving water, conservation efforts have been somewhat lackluster.
Judge Rules State Can Expand Insurance for Wildfire AreasA judge ruled last week that California's insurance commissioner can order the "insurer of last resort" to offer more options for homeowners who can't buy traditional coverage because they live in areas threatened by wildfires.
San Francisco Supes Adopt New Goals to Battle Climate ChangeSan Francisco has new targets for the cutting back on greenhouse gas emissions after the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a set of climate change goals Tuesday.
'Unprecedented' Haze From California, West Coast Wildfires Prompt Air Quality Concerns In New YorkThe smoke from numerous wildfires burning in California and the West Coast are leading to hazy skies and prompting air quality concerns nearly 3,000 miles away in New York City.