Environment

The North Fire broke out in the Tahoe National Forest on Sept. 3, 2018k forcing campers to evacuate.
Placer County Sheriff Department
KCBS Radio Morning News
September 04, 2018 - 10:33 am
Campers enjoying Labor Day weekend near Lake Tahoe were forced to evacuate when a fire broke out on Monday afternoon.
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California oil well
Dreamstime/Mike Brake
Carrie Hodousek
August 22, 2018 - 10:38 am
A group of elected officials in the East Bay has demanded that Gov. Jerry Brown put an end to oil and natural gas drilling in California.
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FILE - In this Friday, July 27, 2018, file photo, homes leveled by the Carr Fire line the Lake Keswick Estates area of Redding, Calif. California lawmakers are abandoning a controversial proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown to shield electrical utilities from some financial liability for wildfires. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
August 18, 2018 - 3:13 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are abandoning a proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown to shield electrical utilities from some financial liability for wildfires. For now. There's not enough time to settle the contentious and complex issues involved before the legislative session ends Aug. 31...
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Park Ranger Alex Martinez passes maps out and directs visitors at the Highway 140 gate as Yosemite National Park reopens in California, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. The nearly three-week closure was the result of a wildfire. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian)
August 14, 2018 - 3:55 pm
Hikers and nature lovers returned to Yosemite National Park's scenic valley Tuesday after a rare 20-day closure because of smoke from wildfires. Some said they didn't mind the hazy air that obscured scenic vistas; others came prepared with eye drops and face masks. Park officials also advised...
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SJSU Squirrel With Peanut
KCBS Radio/Matt Bigler
Matt Bigler
August 10, 2018 - 10:20 am
Some of San Jose State University's neighbors are wondering what's happened to all of the squirrels that used to inhabit the campus.
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A U.S. Air Force plane drops fire retardant on a burning hillside in the Ranch Fire in Clearlake Oaks, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Josh Edelson)
August 06, 2018 - 7:42 pm
LAKEPORT, Calif. (AP) — Twin Northern California blazes fueled by dry vegetation and hot, windy weather grew Monday to become the largest wildfire in state history, becoming the norm as climate change makes the fire season longer and more severe. The two fires burning a few miles apart and known as...
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A tower of smoke pours from Cow Mountain as Burney, California firefighter Bob May keeps a watch on surrounding vegetation for spot fires during a wildfire off Scotts Valley Road, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, near Lakeport, Calif. (Kent Porter /The Press Democrat via AP)
August 04, 2018 - 9:20 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday called on President Donald Trump to help California fight and recover from another devastating wildfire season. Brown, who inspected neighborhoods wiped out by a wildfire in the Northern California city of Redding, said he was confident the...
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Straws
Illustration from Dreamstime
KCBS Radio Morning News
August 02, 2018 - 7:45 am
An ordinance to ban plastic straws in San Francisco is headed to Mayor London Breed's desk. She's already expressed support for the measure...
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This Aug. 11, 2017, photo provided by Cascadia Research shows a hybrid between a melon-headed whale and a rough-toothed dolphin, in the foreground, swimming next to a melon-headed dolphin near Kauai, Hawaii. Scientists are touting the first sighting of the hybrid off Hawaii. It's also only the third confirmed instance of a wild-born hybrid between species in the Delphinidae family. (Kimberly A. Wood/Cascadia Research via AP)
July 31, 2018 - 11:45 am
HONOLULU (AP) — Scientists are touting the first sighting of a hybrid between a melon-headed whale and a rough-toothed dolphin in the ocean off Hawaii. But don't call it a "wholphin," they say. The melon-headed whale is one of the various species that's called a whale but is technically a dolphin...
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San Bernardino County Fire Department firefighter James Lippen takes photos of the damage caused by a wildfire, Sunday, July 29, 2018, in Keswick, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
July 29, 2018 - 8:59 pm
REDDING, Calif. (AP) — The deadly Northern California wildfire that has forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes slowed down Sunday after days of explosive growth, giving officials hope even as they announced the discovery of a sixth fatality. Meanwhile officials said a second...
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