A storm expected to hit Northern California this weekend will also bring some showers to Merced, offering a relief from last month’s dry spell. According to the National Weather Service, Merced will see some rain starting Friday, sometime before dark. The on-and-off showers are expected to continue through Sunday.
Unbeknown to California officials, oil producers in Kern County have been disposing of chemical-laden wastewater in hundreds of unlined trenches in the ground without proper permits, according to an inventory that regional water officials completed this week.
Koda, the 10-year-old male polar bear at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, emerges from a cubbyhole atop the 6,000-square-foot enclosure he shares with 14-year-old Kobe. He steps out to a nearby ledge, his head bobbing and swinging from side to side. He then backs into the cubbyhole, head still weaving, only to return a moment later. He repeats the display, again and again - a 930-pound predator responding to an unheard audience's call for encores.
On a summer day in 1885, three Hawaiian princes surfed at the mouth of the San Lorenzo River on crudely constructed boards made from coastal redwoods, bringing the sport to the North American mainland.
Rajendra Pachauri, who supervised work on the two most detailed studies of climate change ever completed, stepped down as head of the United Nations panel studying the science after allegations he sexually harassed a colleague.
Royal Dutch Shell Plc and any oil drilling company that prospects in the Arctic Ocean must boost safety practices to prevent spills in the frigid and often hostile waters or mitigate the impact, U.S. regulators proposed Friday.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.-A female leatherback turtle weighing hundreds of pounds crawled onto Singer Island one night last week, becoming the first known sea turtle to lay eggs in South Florida this year.
On the banks of the Illinois River, about 60miles west of the state capital in Springfield, an old coal-fired power plant sits waiting for its future to arrive. First opened in 1948, it's been dormant since 2011, when its owner, St. Louis-based Ameren, shut down the plant rather than retrofit it to meet federal standards. Last year workers came to give it a makeover. Using almost $1billion in stimulus money, the project was supposed to become the poster child for clean-coal technology. Rather than spewing into the sky, the carbon dioxide produced as the plant burned coal would be captured into a pipeline buried below corn and soybean fields. It would run 30 miles east to Jacksonville, where the gas would be injected 4,000feet underground. "It was like we were the phoenix rising," says the plant's director, Mike Long.
Construction has yet to begin on the first stretch of California’s high-speed rail line through the central San Joaquin Valley. But once significant work does start, officials say the heavy equipment to be used will be some of the cleanest machinery available .
Rare levels of microscopic soot, chemicals and other debris prompted air authorities Friday to ban wood burning in several San Joaquin Valley counties. Authorities also asked the public to reduce driving.
Clovis, in fact, was the nation’s third-worst area for dirty air. It exceeded the federal health threshold 56 times this year. That’s not a record for the city, which surpassed the threshold 92 times in 2001.
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