Environment

Capitol Alert

Jerry Brown announces trip to China, the world’s ‘great hope’ on climate change

Gov. Jerry Brown jabbed repeatedly at President Donald Trump’s skepticism of climate change at a conference on carbon reduction Thursday, April 20, 2017, contending that China has stepped into the role of the world’s “great hope.” Brown announced he will be traveling to China.

Environment

What do to if you meet a mountain lion

​​Mountain lions are generally calm, quiet, and elusive. People rarely get more than a brief glimpse of a mountain lion in the wild. Lion attacks on people are rare, with fewer than a dozen fatalities in North America in more than 100 years. But just in case you do encounter a mountain lion, this video will help you be prepared.

Capitol Alert

California’s war on carbon: Is it winning?

The centerpiece of California’s effort to reduce carbon emissions, an auction system for pollution credits known as cap and trade, has faltered badly in the past year. Businesses have bought far fewer credits than expected, depriving the state of an expected windfall for such big-ticket items as high-speed rail. That doesn’t mean the state isn’t making progress in its crusade against carbon, however: Greenhouse gas emissions in the state fell by 9 percent between 2004 and 2014, according to data compiled by the California Air Resources Board.

Capitol Alert

California’s carbon market in the clear? Not so fast

Opponents of California’s “cap and trade” carbon market said Friday, April 14, 2017, they will take their fight to the state Supreme Court. The Pacific Legal Foundation, a conservative nonprofit law firm based in Sacramento, announced it will appeal the case to the Supreme Court.

Water & Drought

Mighty L.A. water agency wants a share of Valley’s Sites Reservoir – and is willing to pay

Southern California’s most powerful water agency is interested in a piece of the Sacramento Valley’s proposed Sites Reservoir, and is ready to pay for it. The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is prepared to spend $1.5 million on pre-development work at Sites, a move that could broaden support for the $4.4 billion project but also raise alarms about a south state “water grab.” Metropolitan’s board is scheduled to vote on the proposed investment next Tuesday.

Environment

Environmental groups challenge Trump over nervous system toxin used on California crops

Escalating a fight over a pesticide popular on California farms, environmentalists took President Donald Trump’s administration to court Wednesday in a renewed effort to get the chemical banned. The Natural Resources Defense Council and Pesticide Action Network filed a court motion demanding that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ban the pesticide known as chlorpyrifos, which is used in almond and pistachio orchards, orange groves and elsewhere.

Weather

Watch five years of April’s Sierra snowpack from space

Entering April 2017, the Sierra snowpack is 164 percent of normal. That’s a big difference from a few years ago – the snowpack was 6 percent of normal in on March 29, 2015. This series of satellite images shows the snow accumulation from space at roughly the same time of year for the past five years.

Water & Drought

Why Oroville Dam’s woes could cut into California water supplies

Dam operators are expected to run Lake Oroville, the state’s second largest reservoir, at lower water levels this summer as they wrestle with the complicated task of fixing the dam’s broken spillway. That will mean less water held in storage, despite one of the rainiest winters on record – and less available for delivery later this year to Southern California, Silicon Valley and portions of the San Joaquin Valley.

Videos

Throwback to Earth Day 2000: Leonardo DiCaprio says we need to make climate change a priority

Seventeen years ago, Leonardo DiCaprio was the chairman of Earth Day 2000. He stressed that if we don't make climate change a priority entering into the 21 century, we are “creating our own scenario for disaster.”
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Throwback to Earth Day 2000: Leonardo DiCaprio says we need to make climate change a priority 4:32

Throwback to Earth Day 2000: Leonardo DiCaprio says we need to make climate change a priority

Bald eagles soar at Lake Natoma 3:01

Bald eagles soar at Lake Natoma

What do to if you meet a mountain lion 4:18

What do to if you meet a mountain lion

Where greenhouse gases come from 1:07

Where greenhouse gases come from