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California's Oak Fire is displaying 'unprecedented' behavior as it scorches more than 16,000 acres near Yosemite National Park

Jul 25, 2022 at 2:10pm

Dakin Andone

A ferocious wildfire outside California's Yosemite Park is displaying "unprecedented" behavior, "moving extremely fast" and limiting the amount of time authorities have to warn area residents to evacuate, a state fire official said.

Toxic algae found in Russian River and Spring Lake

Jul 22, 2022 at 2:05pm

Tom Vacar

Toxic algae blooms on the rise statewide-
Nearly 70 California lakes, rivers, and reservoirs, including several in the Bay Area, have issued cautions, warnings, and danger advisories.

Shasta Lake at 38% capacity heading into the hottest months of the year

Jul 22, 2022 at 2:00pm

Myung J. Chun

Shasta Lake, one of the state’s largest reservoirs, is currently at 38% capacity, a startling number heading into the hottest months of the year.

California cities ban new gas stations in battle to combat climate change

Jul 11, 2022 at 1:55pm

Grace Toohey

Without realizing they were starting a movement in green energy policy, leaders of a small Sonoma County city seem to have done just that when they questioned the approval process for a new gas station — eventually halting its development and others in the future.

Governor Newsom Calls for Bold Actions to Move Faster Toward Climate Goals

Jul 22, 2022 at 1:55pm

Governor outlines new targets and requested actions to accelerate progress on state’s 2030 climate goals and get to carbon neutrality no later than 2045. 

New climate dashboard launched to highlight state’s climate action and progress toward goals.

Here’s how low California’s reservoirs are and what to expect in the future

Jul 25, 2022 at 1:50pm

Kurt Snibbe

Here’s a look at the status of California’s reservoirs during another drought:

There has not been much good news about California’s water supply lately, but there could be some relief on the way. The North-of-Delta Offstream Storage project, often referred to as the planned Sites Reservoir, was authorized by Congress in 2003. The long delayed project got a financial boost in March when the federal government signaled its intent to loan the project nearly $2.2 billion — about half of the cost to design, plan and build it.

Despite more stored water than in 2021, California will keep closing spigots

Jul 20, 2022 at 1:45pm

Kevin Winter

The prospect of extreme drought is driving the Golden State's conservation efforts.

Water resources to become less predictable with climate change

Jul 19, 2022 at 1:45pm

New climate change research finds that declining snowpack for much of the Northern Hemisphere will cause more variability in runoff and streamflow.

As Wells Run Dry, Sonoma Valley Reckons with New Water Regulations

Jul 18, 2022 at 2:20pm

Kristin Moe

Sonoma Valley, one of the world’s prized winemaking regions and home to some 41,000 people, has long been singled out as the local area most at risk of groundwater depletion.

American Canyon sues Vallejo over water dispute

Jul 18, 2022 at 2:15pm

John Glidden

The city of American Canyon has filed a lawsuit asking a court to force the city of Vallejo to provide drinking water to certain areas of American Canyon under a 1996 service agreement that Vallejo has sought to limit because of severe drought.

Let's Fight Fire with Fire

Jul 15, 2022 at 12:15pm

The Nature Conservancy

There is a future where fire restores our forests instead of destroying them.

Glaciers are collapsing as the world warms. Here are the risks on California’s high peaks

Jul 14, 2022 at 12:15pm

Tara Duggan

The avalanche seems to starts off slow, like whipped cream melting off a sundae. But the icy flow picks up speed as it heads downhill, crests an embankment and finally explodes into a huge cloud of ice particles that engulfs the hapless videographer — who miraculously survives — in seconds.