Noteworthy News

When spark meets sprawl: Building in wildlands increases fire risk
Fire is as common to Western states as the drought-dried shrubs that feed the flames.
SF Bay ecosystem collapsing as rivers diverted, scientists report
WASHINGTON — Evidence of what scientists are calling the planet’s Sixth Mass Extinction is appearing in San Francisco Bay and its estuary, the largest on the Pacific Coast of North and South America, according to a major new study.
The Clean Air Act Was Supposed To Protect Us. Here’s Why It’s Not
ALBANY, N.Y. — When Deneen Carter-El moved to the Ezra Prentice Homes in Albany’s South End two decades ago, she thought the beige-colored townhouses and trimmed lawns would be a welcome change from high-rise public housing. But appearances were deceiving.
See the Real Cost of Your Gas Guzzler
Check the sticker price on an electric car or a plug-in hybrid on the market today, and you’re likely to find a bumped-up charge for zero- or low-emission models compared with internal combustion vehicles.
Mimicking Nature to Fight Climate Change
Can nature teach us to how to mitigate the effects of climate change, or even to reverse it?
As drought grips Iran, farmers lament loss of a way of life
Watermelons once sprung from this soil, the giant striped fruit dotting the arid landscape like mushrooms after a rain.
Nestlé Can Keep Piping Water Out of Drought-Stricken California Despite Permit Expiring in 1988
In a major setback for environmental groups, a federal judge in California has tossed out allegations that the U.S. Forest Service allowed Nestlé's bottled water operation to take water from the San Bernardino National Forest on a permit that expired back in 1988.
France Becomes First Country To Ban Plastic Cups And Dishes
Au revoir, plastic cups! France is done with you.
This Family Went A Whole Year Without Buying New Clothes
In June 2015, Emily Hedlund gave herself a challenge: She would go an entire year without buying any clothes.
A plan to keep rivers flowing for fish triggers another water fight
State regulators want to leave more water for fish and wildlife in the heavily tapped tributaries of the San Joaquin River, setting the stage for another bruising California water fight.