California's landmark climate bill, passed by the Assembly this week, has earned the ire of business groups that say it will cripple their industries. The law will not be a moneymaker for everyone, but it probably won't wreak havoc on the economy either, research shows.
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.
When a drum containing radioactive waste blew up in an underground nuclear dump in New Mexico two years ago, the Energy Department rushed to quell concerns in the Carlsbad desert community and quickly reported progress on resuming operations.
A half-century ago, hundreds of streams cascading down the San Gabriel, San Bernardino and San Jacinto mountains in California were packed with fist-size mountain yellow-legged frogs competing for mating rights.
Marking a major shift in California water policy, state regulators voted about two weeks ago to lift the statewide conservation targets that for the past year have required dramatic cutbacks in irrigation and household water use for Merced, Chowchilla and urban communities across the state.
Air quality has improved in Merced County, but the San Joaquin Valley continues to be one of the most polluted in the nation and more work needs to be done, according to a new report issued by the American Lung Association.
Not even halfway through April, Merced has been soaked with more than twice the rainfall than is typical for the entire month, according to forecasters. Beginning Friday night, Merced saw 2.44 inches of rain through the weekend, which is the only rainfall since April 1. The 30-year average for April is 0.34 inches, according to the National Weather Service in Hanford.
El Niño won’t cure California’s punishing drought, but recent storms have raised local reservoir levels and bulked up the snowpack – an optimistic sign for farmers and businesses that depend on Lake McClure water.
Though Merced and the rest of the Valley received a soaking over the weekend and the Sierra was coated in snow, the Merced Irrigation District is hoping for many similar storms in March to ease drought effects.
More than 120 Ballico Elementary School students got to touch animal skulls and furs and observe teeny invertebrates on Friday as they explored McConnell State Park while learning about river ecosystems, the food chain and water resource management.