Environment

Dreamstime
Holly Quan
March 26, 2019 - 2:28 pm
Earthquake scientists will be focused on downtown Oakland on Wednesday when they launch the first public test of the early warning system. About 40,000 people in a 60-square-block area of the city will receive the test message on their smartphones and other devices when the notice goes out between...
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A firefighter scrambles to stop the Pawnee fire as it spots across Highway 20 near Clearlake Oaks, Calif., on Sunday, July 1, 2018.
AP Photo/Noah Berger
Holly Quan
March 22, 2019 - 2:13 pm
In a rare move, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday declared a statewide emergency due the state's string of wildfires, clearing the way for dozens of tree-trimming projects primarily in Northern and Central California. Bay Area cities like Orinda, Lafayette and Woodside are on the list for vegetation and...
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Emergency crews continue to douse what's left of the now-extinguished petrochemical tank fire at Intercontinental Terminals Company on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, in Deer Park. Fire crews extinguished the blaze at ITC about 3 a.m., Wednesday, almost four days after it started, which caused a plume of black smoke to linger over the Houston area. ITC officials said the cause of the fire is still unknown. EPA on-site coordinator Adam Adams said they have been in Deer Park since Sunday, conducting air monitoring at ground level and in the plume. Biggest concerns are "volatile organic chemicals" and particulates, Adams said. He added that no hazardous levels have been detected. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via AP)
March 21, 2019 - 1:26 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Kristin Crump and her two kids put damp cloths over their mouths on Thursday for the short walk from their suburban Houston front door to their car, defying an order to remain inside due to dangerous fumes coming from burned out petrochemical tanks a couple of miles away. For the...
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It has been decades since steelhead trout have spawned in the Alameda Creek, but specialists are checking every day because the conditions seem right for their arrival.
Jenna Lane/KCBS Radio
Jenna Lane
March 21, 2019 - 9:09 am
A threatened species could soon make a comeback in the Sunol Valley, if the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission's hopes come true.
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Richmond refinerys
Richmond refinerys (Photo credit: Lora Parks)
Jon Bristow
March 19, 2019 - 12:52 pm
People living in the area of the Chevron refinery in Richmond are increasingly concerned about the huge fiery flares that were seen recently rising from the facility.
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Wells Fargo on California Street in downtown San Francisco.
Michael McLaughlin/KCBS Radio
KCBS Radio Midday News
March 14, 2019 - 10:43 am
An activist group is planning a three-day, 34-mile march up the Peninsula to Wells Fargo's corporate headquarters in San Francisco to protest the bank's investment in fossil fuels.
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In this Wednesday, March 6, 2019, photo, a man looks on amid wildflowers in bloom near Borrego Springs, Calif. Two years after steady rains sparked seeds dormant for decades under the desert floor to burst open and produce a spectacular display dubbed the "super bloom," another winter soaking this year is shaping up to be possibly even better. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
March 07, 2019 - 10:08 pm
BORREGO SPRINGS, California (AP) — It started with the desert lilies in December. Since then a wave of wildflower blooms has been crescendoing across Southern California's Anza-Borrego desert in a burst of color so vivid it can be seen from mountain tops thousands of feet above. Two years after...
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March 05, 2019 - 3:28 pm
Old couches, appliances, bookshelves and toys are piling up everywhere you look in Guerneville. They're part of the roughly $155 million in damages across the county caused by the rising waters. http://bit.ly/KCBSGuernevilleDebris
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FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2018 file photo, a vehicle rests in front of a home leveled by the Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif. Pacific Gas & Electric says its equipment may have ignited the 2018 Camp Fire, which killed 86 people and destroyed an entire town in Northern California. The embattled utility said Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, it’s taking a $10.5 billion charge for claims connected to the Camp Fire in its fourth quarter earnings.(AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
February 28, 2019 - 3:42 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. inched closer to taking responsibility for the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century, saying Thursday it is "probable" that one of its transmission lines sparked the blaze last year that killed 86 people and destroyed most of the city of Paradise...
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Flooded area along Russian River at Guerneville February 27, 2019
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KCBS Radio Morning News
February 27, 2019 - 7:07 am
GUERNEVILLE (KCBS Radio) -- Water rose quickly on the Russian River on Wednesday, with a crest forecast for Wednesday night. The National Weather Service forecast the river would reach 46 feet at Guerneville, which would mark the sixth-highest level ever recorded. The flood had turned Guerneville...
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