Gov. Jerry Brown, calling for “heroic efforts” to combat climate change, agreed with Mexican officials Monday to work together on policies to address air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. … In California, Brown has infuriated activists with his willingness to allow hydraulic fracturing, a controversial form of oil extraction, and efforts to relax provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act.
The Government Accountability Office is calling on the federal Environmental Protection Agency to step up enforcement of water contamination and seismic activity associated with fracking, the high-pressure injection of fluids into wells to extract oil and natural gas.
Firefighters continued to make progress Monday night battling a Northern California wildfire after banishing a private drone from the skies as water-dropping helicopters made repeated assaults on the flames.
Firefighters made slow progress Monday to carve containment lines around the 2,600-acre El Portal blaze on the western edge of Yosemite National Park as thunderclouds overhead offered a hope of rain — and a threat of lightning that could make things worse.
A thunderstorm formed so rapidly over a Southern California beach that experts said Monday it was impossible for anyone to predict a lightning strike would turn a day of carefree fun into one of terror.
Farming grapes, olives and walnuts southeast of Sanger isn’t enough for Herb Lang. … He treads over his olive orchards, plucking out smooth oval rocks that stick out of the sandy dirt next to the Kings River as he talks about plans for gravel mining on 833 of the 2,000 acres that is Running Luck Ranch.
Three weeks ago, six Environmental Charter High School students abandoned their native urban home of Lawndale for the Santa Rosa Plateau to be immersed in nature. It was at first exotic (“Some of these girls have never seen stars in the sky or slept without hearing an airplane overhead,” said Lisa Park of the Nature Conservancy), but it soon began to feel like home.
During the worst drought in a century, an estimated 100,000 gallons of water flooded the baseball field at College of Alameda over the weekend after vandals opened the main water valve and smashed six sprinkler heads, forcing the cancellation of three championship games Sunday, police and baseball officials said.
Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to drill two tunnels underneath the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to provide more reliable water supplies downstream has long been controversial for the scant details the administration has provided about how it plans to fund the $25-billion project. Now as more funding details emerge, the plan is likely to spark even more controversy.
There’s no question that California is facing one of the worst droughts in its history. As a state that uses more water than we have available – even in “wet” years – there are some critical decisions we need to make about how to move forward.