Surmounting political obstacles to policies that have made California a national model on fighting climate change, lawmakers on Wednesday sent Gov. Jerry Brown a pair of bills to sustain the state’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
SACRAMENTO, Calif.-The California Assembly approved a second measure on climate change Wednesday after a contentious debate about the benefits of environmental regulations and whether the provisions go far enough to increase legislative oversight of state regulators.
California’s embattled cap-and-trade program sold hundreds of millions of dollars worth of carbon-emissions credits in the latest state-run auction, but once again many credits were left on the table, officials said Tuesday.
A bill extending California’s greenhouse gas emission targets squeaked by in the Assembly on Tuesday, and is almost certain to be approved by the Senate. Gov. Jerry Brown attempted to include an amendment specifically extending cap-and-trade authority but was rebuffed by lawmakers.
Two Shasta County teens were attacked by five otters Sunday during a swim on Shasta Lake. While known for being cute, gregarious and playful, wildlife officials say it’s worth remembering otters can grow to 4 feet long and are feisty predators with needle-sharp teeth.
New parking areas for cars, trucks and horse trailers, plus picnic shelters, informational kiosks, restrooms and more than 7 miles of new trails will be added along a 6-mile stretch of the Yuba River over the next two years, thanks to a grant from the California Natural Resources Agency.
Intercity rail projects, clean vehicle incentives and projects in poor communities would be among the chief recipients of money from California’s cap-and-trade program under a Senate proposal unveiled Wednesday.
Young sunflowers have been known to tilt their flower heads from east to west over the course of each day. UC Davis researchers and their colleagues now say this behavior is guided by internal clocks and environmental sensing.
The California Fish and Game Commission will consider protecting the northern spotted owl under the state’s Endangered Species Act and weigh whether sport anglers should be allowed to take more non-native bass from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
Thirteen-year-old Auburn resident, Fiona Gillogly, is an avid birder. This summer, she attended a five-day birding course to learn bird identification with her mother at San Francisco State University’s Sierra Nevada Field Campus. Gillogly’s training in music and drawing has helped her to see, hear and sketch the birds spotted on early morning walks.
A Democratic effort to extend California’s landmark greenhouse gas emissions reduction target may not be resolved in the next month. State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León was coy Wednesday about whether he and Gov. Jerry Brown would be able to reach an agreement with opponents before the Legislature adjourns at the end of August.