Environment

Mason Street at San Francisco's Crissy Field closes for six months to allow for new marshland
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Carrie Hodousek
December 02, 2019 - 3:06 pm
A section of Mason Street near San Francisco’s Crissy Field has closed for six months to create marshland.
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Christmas trees lined up for sale
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All News KCBS Radio
December 02, 2019 - 2:01 pm
If you want an environmentally responsible Christmas tree, here are some suggestions from an industry insider.
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. speaks during a press conference at the COP25 climate talks summit in Madrid, Monday Dec. 2, 2019. The chair of a two-week climate summit attended by nearly 200 countries warned at its opening Monday that those refusing to adjust to the planet's rising temperatures "will be on the wrong side of history." (AP Photo/Andrea Comas)
AP News
December 02, 2019 - 8:51 am
MADRID (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres urged countries Monday not to lose hope in the fight against climate change, as representatives from nearly 200 countries gathered in Madrid for a two-week meeting on tackling global warming. In his opening speech to delegates, Guterres cited...
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An air tanker drops retardant to slow the Cave Fire burning in Los Padres National Forest, Calif., above Santa Barbara on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
AP News
November 27, 2019 - 7:00 pm
GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — A strong storm moved into Southern California on Wednesday, almost completely dousing a wildfire that had threatened thousands of homes but briefly raising the threat of debris flows from barren slopes. Residents in and below the fire area on the south Santa Barbara County...
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Margie Shafer
November 21, 2019 - 5:05 pm
The threat of wildfires at any time of year in the Bay Area has forced officials to impose tighter air quality restrictions that could affect many homeowners.
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Folsom police Officers Eric Baade, left, and Daren Prociw, right, of the mounted enforcement detail, ride their horses across the exposed lake bed at Folsom Lake, Jan. 21, 2014 in Folsom, Calif.
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Holly Quan
November 21, 2019 - 1:29 pm
Despite a winter storm forecast to hit the Bay Area soon, California may be headed for another drought.
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FILE - In this July 24, 2019, file photo, Gov. Gavin Newsom tours the Chevron oil field west of Bakersfield where a spill of more than 800,000 gallons flowed into a dry creek bed in McKittrick, Calif. Newsom's administration has temporarily banned new oil wells in California if they use an extraction method that is linked to an ongoing oil spill in Kern County. On Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources announced it will not approve new oil wells that use high-pressure steam to soften the thick crude underground so it can flow more easily. (Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool, File)
AP News
November 19, 2019 - 3:24 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom cracked down on oil producers Tuesday, halting approval of hundreds of fracking permits until independent scientists can review them and temporarily banning new wells using another drilling method that regulators believe is linked to one of the...
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Folsom police Officers Eric Baade, left, and Daren Prociw, right, of the mounted enforcement detail, ride their horses across the exposed lake bed at Folsom Lake, Jan. 21, 2014 in Folsom, Calif.
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Matt Bigler
November 15, 2019 - 11:43 am
That's the worry from weather watchers who say more than two-thirds of the state is now dryer than it should be. KCBS Radio's Matt Bigler reports.
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Spottswoode Winery in St. Helena has incorporated a variety of grapes that may better withstand a warming climate than Cabernet.
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Holly Quan
November 15, 2019 - 9:12 am
It's not easy being a grape farmer these days. Drought, wildfires and now power outages have become challenges that are forcing Bay Area winemakers to rethink everything they thought they knew about the business. One St. Helena winery is banking on its future success by looking to the past. Even...
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FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2019, file photo, a helicopter drops water near power lines and electrical towers while working at a fire on San Bruno Mountain near Brisbane, Calif. California’s Pacific Gas & Electric is faced regularly with a no-win choice between risking the start of a deadly wildfire or immiserating millions of paying customers by shutting off the power. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
AP News
November 14, 2019 - 10:18 am
The utility that serves more than 5 million electrical customers in one of the world’s most technologically advanced areas is now faced again and again with a no-win decision: risk starting catastrophic deadly wildfires, or turn off the lights and immiserate millions of paying customers. Pacific...
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