Environment

Sean de Guzman, chief of snow surveys, for the California Department of Water Resources, right, carries the snowpack measuring tube as he and DWR's Chief of State Water Project Operations Molly White, left, and Water Resources Engineer Nathan Burley, center, cross an area normally covered in snow during the third snow survey of the season at Phillips Station near Echo Summit, Calif., Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. The survey found the snowpack at 29 inches deep with a water content of 11.5 inches at this location. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
AP News
February 27, 2020 - 4:34 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A dry beginning of the year has left most of California abnormally parched, as officials brace for the possibility of an early and more intense wildfire season amid record-breaking temperatures. Drought has expanded from just under 10% of the state last week to nearly a quarter...
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Used plastic bottles for recycling.
Mike Colgan
February 26, 2020 - 11:58 am
Most plastic can’t be recycled, because of food, garbage or other waste still on the container. However, some San Jose city councilmembers are now lobbying to build a plant that can handle those dirty plastics.
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In this Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, photo, Jason Meek, whose Northern California wine country home was destroyed in 2017, stands in the driveway and looks out at the remains of his home in Santa Rosa, Calif. A $13.5 billion settlement between victims, including Meek, of California's catastrophic wildfires and Pacific Gas & Electric was supposed to bring some peace and hope to people still reeling from the devastation. Instead, it has sparked confusion, resentment, suspicion and despair as the victims, government agencies, and lawyers grapple for their piece of the settlement fund. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
AP News
February 25, 2020 - 10:05 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A $13.5 billion settlement between victims of California's catastrophic wildfires and the utility blamed for causing them was supposed to bring some peace and hope to people still reeling from the devastation. Instead, the deal has sparked confusion, resentment, suspicion and...
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Anderson Reservoir Dam in Santa Clara County.
Santa Clara Valley Water District
Jeffrey Schaub
February 25, 2020 - 6:25 am
The Anderson Reservoir, the largest in Santa Clara County, must be emptied because of federal authorities' fears that its earthen walls might fail during an earthquake.
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Authorities suddenly shut McClymonds High School in Oakland on Feb. 20, 2020 after the discovery of a toxic chemical in groundwater.
Margie Shafer/KCBS Radio
Jeffrey Schaub
February 24, 2020 - 1:52 pm
McClymonds High School in Oakland will resume classes tomorrow, but at other campuses, after a carcinogen was found in the groundwater. The Oakland Unified School District held a meeting to update parents on the situation, but many are left confused.
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FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2016 file photo, people try to catch fish along the Sacramento River in the San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta, near Courtland, Calif. California officials sued the Trump administration on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, to block new rules governing the Sacramento/San Joaquin River Delta. Attorney General Xavier Becerra called the new rules "scientifically challenged" and said they would push some species to extinction. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
AP News
February 20, 2020 - 8:30 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California sued the Trump administration on Thursday to block new rules that would let farmers take more water from the state's largest river systems, arguing it would push endangered populations of delta smelt, chinook salmon and steelhead trout to extinction. The federal...
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An aerial view of a ‘super bloom’ of wild poppies blanketing the hills on March 22, 2019 near Lake Elsinore.
Mario Tama/Getty Images
Jim Taylor
February 20, 2020 - 12:22 pm
The so-called superblooms of wild flowers like poppies that took over huge expanses of Southern California hillsides last year are unlikely to appear in the Bay Area, according to an expert.
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Oakland Zoo Replaces Plastic Food Containers
Matt Bigler / KCBS Radio
Matt Bigler
February 13, 2020 - 2:10 pm
The Oakland Zoo said it will get rid of all single-use plastic containers and replace them with aluminum products.
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Snow covers San Gorgonio Mountain, the tallest mountain in Southern California, on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019.
Robert Hopwood/The Desert Sun, Palm Springs Desert Sun via Imagn Content Services, LLC
KCBS Radio Morning News
February 13, 2020 - 8:27 am
Drought has returned to parts of California, according to the latest U.S> Drought Monitor's weekly report.
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Offshore oil rig/ platform, Huntington Beach, CA
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Doug Sovern
February 07, 2020 - 9:42 am
Mike Stoker was appointed by the White House two years ago to oversee the Environmental Protection Agency's Region 9, which includes California. He was fired this week and he doesn't know why.
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