Environment

Pacific Ocean Plastics Pollution
Keith Menconi
October 04, 2019 - 2:03 pm
Each year, 7 trillion pieces of microplastic flow from Bay Area cities into creeks and storm drains and then out into the San Francisco Bay itself.
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Sen. Dianne Feinstein
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Photo credit: Chuck Kennedy/MCT/Sipa USA)
KCBS Radio Morning News
September 27, 2019 - 11:46 am
California Senator Dianne Feinstein is asking the head of the Environmental Protection Agency’s oversight body to investigate after the agency threatened to withhold transportation funding from the state.
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People walk past a homeless tent encampment in Skid Row on September 16, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.
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All News KCBS Radio
September 26, 2019 - 11:58 am
The EPA is accusing California of violating federal clean-water standards, just days after President Trump claimed that rampant homelessness in San Francisco contributed to pollution in the Pacific Ocean. The agency is delivering an "oversight letter" to Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday which says the...
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FILE - This early Friday, Aug. 16, 2019 file photo shows an aerial view of large Icebergs floating as the sun rises near Kulusuk, Greenland. Greenland has been melting faster in the last decade, and this summer, it has seen two of the biggest melts on record since 2012. A special United Nations-affiliated oceans and ice report released on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2019 projects three feet of rising seas by the end of the century, much fewer fish, weakening ocean currents, even less snow and ice, and nastier hurricanes, caused by climate change. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
AP News
September 25, 2019 - 12:08 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Earth is in more hot water than ever before, and so are we, an expert United Nations climate panel warned in a grim new report Wednesday. Sea levels are rising at an ever-faster rate as ice and snow shrink, and oceans are getting more acidic and losing oxygen, the Intergovernmental...
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raffic backs up along Interstate 880 on July 25, 2019 in Oakland, California.
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Matt Bigler
September 24, 2019 - 12:00 am
The Environmental Protection Agency is accusing California of failing to comply with the federal Clean Air Act, and threatening to withhold federal highway funds as a result.
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FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2018, file photo, a Pacific Gas & Electric lineman works to repair a power line in fire-ravaged Paradise, Calif. PG & E anticipates shutting off power in 9 California counties due to hot, dry and windy conditions even as it formalizes settlements with the vast majority of claims from the deadly Northern California wildfires in 2017 and 2018. The San Francisco utility will make a final decision before noon Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, on whether it will cut power. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
AP News
September 23, 2019 - 7:12 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's largest utility began cutting power to 27,500 northern customers Monday evening as fall brings back dangerous weather conditions and the company tries to head off wildfires sparked by electrical equipment. The utility began shutting down power in Butte, Nevada and...
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FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2014, file photo, California Gov. Jerry Brown, front right, and China's National Development and Reform Commission Vice Chairman Xie Zhenhua, front left, sign an agreement to boost bilateral cooperation on climate change during a news conference at the Bay Area Council, in San Francisco. As tensions between China and the United States ratchet up, former California Gov. Jerry Brown sees a way to bring together the world's largest carbon emitter and a U.S. state that's leading the way in energy standards: climate change. (AP Photo/Beck Diefenbach,file)
AP News
September 23, 2019 - 2:32 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — As tensions between China and the United States ratchet up, former California Gov. Jerry Brown sees a way to bring together the world's largest carbon emitter and a U.S. state that's leading the way in energy standards: climate change. Brown and Xie Zhenhua, China's top...
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 A traffic cone sits next to a Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) truck on January 17, 2019 in Fairfax, California.
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Holly Quan
September 23, 2019 - 9:32 am
PG&E could shut off power to part of nine Northern California counties, including Sonoma, Napa and Lake counties, because of high fire danger this week. The utility is expected to decide Monday morning about whether to intentionally turn off electricity to reduce the chance of starting and...
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This undated photo provided by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife shows a Paiute cutthroat trout. For the first time in nearly a century, the California trout species will swim in a mountain creek that is its native habitat, marking a major milestone that conservationists hope will lead to a thriving population and removal of its threatened status. About 30 Paiute cutthroat trout will be plucked Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019 from Coyote Valley Creek and hauled in cans strapped to pack mules about two miles (3.2 kilometers) to be dumped back into a stretch Silver King Creek in Alpine County's Long Valley, where the shimmering species glided through the cold water for thousands of years. (California Department of Fish and Wildlife via AP)
AP News
September 18, 2019 - 8:02 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — For the first time in nearly a century, a rare California trout species is swimming in a mountain creek that is its native habitat, marking a major milestone that conservationists hope will lead to a thriving population and removal of its threatened status. About 30 Paiute...
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The headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency is seen in Washington as President Donald Trump announces that his administration is revoking California's authority to set auto mileage standards stricter than those issued by federal regulators, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. Critics say the move would result in less fuel efficient cars that create more planet-warming pollution. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
AP News
September 18, 2019 - 5:26 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that his administration is revoking California's authority to set auto mileage standards stricter than those issued by federal regulators, a move critics said would result in less fuel-efficient cars that create more planet-warming...
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