Last year, California voters made the state the first in the nation with a ban on single-use plastic bags by approving Proposition 67. The argument that the durable bags were a long-term threat to land and sea carried the day.
The fences that blocked people from accessing Long Beach’s Colorado Lagoon have come down after the completion of a restoration and dredging project that cost nearly $3.2 million. The recently completed work was the third, but not the final, phase of efforts that began in 2009 after several years’ worth of study and demands for repairs.
The effects of rising oceans on coastal flooding may be even worse than we thought. Scientists have found that a mere 10 to 20 centimeters of sea-level rise — which is expected by 2050 — will more than double the frequency of serious flooding events in many parts of the globe, including along the California coastline.
Surfer John Bautista Virata was out checking the waves north of the Newport Pier on Wednesday, May 17, when he saw an unusual sight: Newport’s normally sandy beach was covered with thousands of tiny clams.
A common lament is that water is wasted when it flows out to the sea rather than put to use irrigating crops or supplying water to cities. But when rivers flow to the sea the water brings benefits to people and ecosystems that are rarely acknowledged. We asked Jim Cloern―a scientist with the US Geological Survey and a member of the PPIC Water Policy Center research network—to explain.
Warm ocean water will generate more than the usual number of tropical storms in the eastern Pacific this summer, a weather forecasting service has predicted. But an expert said that doesn’t mean Southern Californians should start fretting that a hurricane will make landfall anytime soon.
The overall experience of living in the San Diego region has improved during the past year in many respects while faltering in others. That’s according to the newly released “Quality of Life Dashboard” from the Center for Sustainable Energy’s Equinox Project.
After four years of poor crab and salmon fishing, including one of the worst crab seasons in recent memory, local fisherman and Eureka resident Bob Borck decided in November that it was time to move on. After selling his fishing vessel — the Belle J II — of four years in January, Borck is now planning to start work as a contractor.
More than 37 million pieces of plastic debris have accumulated on a remote island in the South Pacific, thousands of miles from the nearest city, according to estimates from researchers who documented the accumulating trash. Turtles get tangled in fishing line, and hermit crabs make their homes in plastic containers.
Moving in on the last coastal sand mining operation in the United States, California regulators are ordering a Mexican-based company to obtain permits and pay state royalties for its Monterey County plant or shut down — amid a chorus of complaints that its causing significant erosion of beaches along Monterey Bay.
A Trump administration review of large national monuments has provoked public outcries and some acclaim from coast to coast, and it’s still in the opening days of a long struggle. Within 24 hours of seeking public comment, the Interior Department received more than 1,700 responses, underscoring the high degree of interest.
Lines of kelp, floating along the waves of the Pacific with help from drone-powered submarines, harvested, processed and turned into biofuel — that’s the vision some researchers and bioenergy company officials are hoping to make a reality. Their goal is still a long way off, but it will start this year with a scaled-down test off the coast of Catalina Island. If successful, growing kelp in the ocean could help resolve the large-scale problem of diverting farmland or crops for biofuel, officials said.
Starting Monday morning and continuing through much of the week, a helicopter will be flying low over a coastal section of Monterey County, sending pulses of electrical current underground. The Marina Coast Water District-sponsored flights are part of a groundwater management effort aimed at assessing the extent of seawater intrusion in area water basins linked to the district’s water supply.
A Dutch foundation aiming to rid the world’s oceans of plastic waste says it will start cleaning up the huge area of floating junk known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch within the next 12 months, two years earlier than planned.
A video shot from an Orange County Sheriff’s Department helicopter gives an overhead view of great white sharks hanging around near shore in Capistrano Beach as officers warn paddleboarders and swimmers near the surfline.
With only 1,000 acres, the San Juan Islands National Monument in Washington state’s northwestern tip may be too tiny to even matter to President Donald Trump. It’s a speck compared to the 27 big monuments that the White House targeted for a federal review on Friday, with only one on the list smaller than 100,000 acres.