Environment

A Persimmon Orchard at Montague Expressway and Seely Avenue in San Jose
(Photo credit: Matt Bigler/KCBS Radio)
Carrie Hodousek
July 11, 2019 - 12:10 pm
Agriculture officials are launching an eradication campaign after an invasive species was found in Palo Alto. Two peach fruit flies were found and trapped in residential neighborhoods in recent weeks.
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FILE - In this July 8, 2006, file photo, gulls nest near the North Landing area of the Farallon Islands National Refuge, Calif. The California Coastal Commission on Wednesday, July 10, 2019, will hear public comment on a federal plan to drop 1.5 tons of rat poison on the Farallon Islands in an effort to eradicate a mice infestation, a proposal that is drawing criticism. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
July 10, 2019 - 4:05 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal wildlife officials were urged Wednesday to withdraw a proposal to drop 1.5 tons of rat poison on remote islands off the coast of California to kill a mice infestation until they address questions on the impact to wildlife. The California Coastal Commission heard public...
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National Guard members distribute free ice to residents in Trona, Calif., on Tuesday July 9, 2019. Charities and governmental agencies ramped up recovery efforts in the small town ravaged by earthquakes and aftershocks. It could be several more days before water service is restored to the tiny town of Trona, where officials trucked in portable toilets and showers. (James Quigg/The Daily Press via AP)
July 10, 2019 - 2:53 pm
TRONA, Calif. (AP) — Aftershocks of last week's big earthquakes are still rumbling beneath the California desert, but seismologists say the probability of large quakes continues to decline. The U.S. Geological Survey says the chance of a quake larger than Friday's 7.1 temblor is less than 1% and...
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A visitor takes a photo of a crack on the ground following recent earthquakes Sunday, July 7, 2019, outside of Ridgecrest, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
July 08, 2019 - 8:20 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The powerful Mojave Desert earthquakes that rocked California ended a years-long lull in major seismic activity and raised new interest in an early warning system being developed for the West Coast. The ShakeAlert system is substantially built in California and overall is about...
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State Assemblyman Phil Ting of San Francisco introduces a proposal to increase a rebate for electric car buyers in California.
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Melissa Culross
July 08, 2019 - 2:38 pm
A proposal introduced on Monday byAssemblyman Phil Ting would triple the rebate for customers buying electric cars and eliminate a flaw with the current rebate program that sometimes creates a waiting list for consumers applying for rebates.
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An earthquake-damaged house in Trona, CA following the 7.1M Ridgecrest earthquake on July 5, 2019
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Jeffrey Schaub
July 08, 2019 - 12:38 pm
The damaging earthquakes near the small city of Ridgecrest in Kern County have state leaders reminding people that they should consider taking out an insurance policy through the California Earthquake Authority.
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California Governor Gavin Newsom
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Holly Quan
July 08, 2019 - 10:59 am
The Legislature has until Friday to approve Governor Gavin Newsom's plan to build a wildfire recovery fund in part by imposing a surcharge on utility rate-payers.
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A view of a weather-beaten building on the Farallon Islands off the coast of California.
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Carrie Hodousek
July 05, 2019 - 10:32 am
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services has a plan to drop poison on the Farallon Islands to get rid of the infestation of mice, but critics say it would endanger other wildlife and destabilize a sensitive ecosystem.
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In this image taken from video provided by Ben Hood, a firefighter works to extinguish a fire, Thursday, July 4, 2019, following an earthquake in Ridgecrest, Calif. (Ben Hood via AP)
July 04, 2019 - 8:47 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The strongest earthquake in 20 years shook a large swath of Southern California and parts of Nevada on Thursday, rattling nerves on the July 4th holiday and causing injuries and damage in a town near the epicenter, followed by a swarm of ongoing aftershocks. The 6.4 magnitude...
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