Environment

Elephant seals at Drakes Beach
Photo credit: Point Reyes National Seashore
KCBS Radio Morning News
January 30, 2019 - 9:25 am
It appears the combination of the closure of a storm-damaged parking lot and reduced human presence during the recent government shutdown has turned Drakes Beach into a new neighborhood for elephant seals.
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Dreamstime
Jenna Lane
January 24, 2019 - 10:34 am
California water managers are excited about the state of the Sierra snowpack, which is at 115 percent of normal.
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KCBS Radio Morning News
January 23, 2019 - 6:41 am
An anti-waste ordinance was unanimously approved by the Berkeley City Council Tuesday night, requiring businesses to charge customers 25 cents for disposable cups.
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FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2017, file photo, smog covers Salt Lake City as an inversion lingers. When it comes to their views on climate change, Americans are looking at natural disasters and their local weather, according to a new poll. (Ravell Call/The Deseret News via AP, File)
January 22, 2019 - 6:32 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — When it comes to their views on climate change, Americans are looking at natural disasters and their local weather, according to a new poll. Lately, that means record deadly wildfires in California, rainfall by the foot in Houston when Hurricane Harvey hit and the dome of smog...
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FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2017, file photo, Toyota Motor Corporation President Akio Toyoda, left, and Panasonic Corporation President Kazuhiro Tsuga, right, pose for photographers after a joint press conference in Tokyo. Toyota Motor Corp. and Panasonic Corp. said in a joint statement Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, they are setting up a joint venture to research, manufacture and sell batteries for ecological autos, an increasingly lucrative sector amid concerns about global warming. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)
January 22, 2019 - 1:21 am
TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. and Panasonic Corp. are setting up a joint venture to research, manufacture and sell batteries for ecological autos, an increasingly lucrative sector amid concerns about global warming. The Japanese automaker and the Japanese electronics maker said in a joint...
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Japan's Naomi Osaka celebrates after defeating Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova during their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
January 21, 2019 - 12:19 am
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Naomi Osaka said she's just returned from Haiti where some people struggle to get clean drinking water. This makes her appreciate even more getting into the Australian Open quarterfinals — and her own good life. Haiti is her father's birthplace — her mother Tamaki is...
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FILE- In this Jan. 18, 2014, file photo, an endangered female orca leaps from the water while breaching in Puget Sound west of Seattle, Wash. For years, scientists have identified dams, pollution and vessel noise as causes of the troubling decline of the Pacific Northwest's resident killer whales. Now, they may have found a new and more surprising culprit: pink salmon. Salmon researchers perusing data on the website of the Center for Whale Research noticed a startling trend: that for the past two decades, significantly more of the whales have died in even-numbered years than in odd years. In a newly published paper, they speculate that the pattern is related to pink salmon, which return to the waters between Washington state and Canada in enormous numbers every other year. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
January 18, 2019 - 2:52 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Over the years, scientists have identified dams, pollution and vessel noise as causes of the troubling decline of the Pacific Northwest's resident killer whales. Now, they may have found a new and more surprising culprit: pink salmon. Four salmon researchers were perusing orca data...
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USA TODAY
Holly Quan
January 17, 2019 - 1:44 pm
With the regularity of an early morning alarm clock, earthquakes centered in Piedmont and the Oakland Hills struck two mornings in a row. The jolts were felt across the Bay Area, causing phones to ring off the hook at the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park. But because of the ongoing government...
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KCBS Radio Morning News
January 16, 2019 - 8:35 am
The United States Geological Survey downgraded the magnitude of an early morning earthquake that rattled the Bay Area on Wednesday to 3.4 from 3.7. The quake on the Hayward Fault was centered near the junction of state Highway 24 and 13 in Oakland at 4:42 a.m. The USGS received reports from people...
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