In another sign of the warming climate, key species of trees in California's Sierra Nevada mountain range - including lodge pole pine, red fir and western white pine - are shifting to higher elevations in search of cooler temperatures, a broad new study by state biologists has found.
The Environmental Protection Agency will have to review the safety of thousands of chemicals - many commonly found in items Americans interact with every day - under legislation Congress is expected to pass this week.
The natural landscape of the American West is gradually disappearing under a relentless march of new subdivisions, roads, oil and gas production, agricultural operations and other human development, according to a detailed mapping study released Tuesday.
The population of the vaquita, a small porpoise endemic to Mexico's upper Gulf of California, has plummeted to about 60 survivors, according to a new study by an international team of scientists that urges stronger measures to protect the species.
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.