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Environment

New moth species for Trump

A scientist has named a newly discovered California moth after President-elect Donald Trump, calling it Neopalpa donaldtrumpi in recognition of the incoming 45th president. White and yellow scales on the moth’s head look like Trump’s blonde hairdo, researchers said in their report on the newly discovered species Tuesday.

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Birders fear for life of rare duck spotted in Humboldt County

An extremely rare duck spotted in Humboldt County has bird lovers feeling both delighted at the discovery and fearful that a hunter will shoot the waterfowl, which wandered far from its usual range. Since Dec. 20, word has spread quickly via social media and e-mail lists that a common pochard – a “mega rarity” in the birdwatching world – is mingling with several hundred other ducks on Freshwater Lagoon, about 45 miles from the California-Oregon border.

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Polar bears’ path to decline runs through Alaskan village

Come fall, polar bears are everywhere around this Arctic village, dozing on sand spits, roughhousing in the shallows and attracting hundreds of tourists who travel long distances to see them. But the bears that come to Kaktovik are climate refugees, on land because the sea ice they rely on for hunting seals is receding.

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Trail camera captures albino fawn near Cosumnes River College

The Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District's "Trailcam" spotted an albino fawn on land just west of Cosumnes River College. The coloration is extremely rare in the species. Some have considered them sacred, and they are protected in many states.
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Trail camera captures albino fawn near Cosumnes River College 1:05

Trail camera captures albino fawn near Cosumnes River College

Jerry Brown: 'We will persevere' on climate change action 0:51

Jerry Brown: 'We will persevere' on climate change action

Birds migrating from as far as Alaska descending on California preserves 1:50

Birds migrating from as far as Alaska descending on California preserves

Homeowners anxious after Sacramento finds elevated lead levels in their yards 1:01

Homeowners anxious after Sacramento finds elevated lead levels in their yards