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environment

A French high speed train TGV. (ALAIN JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Lawsuit Contests High-Speed Rail Air Quality Plans

Suit says state agency downplays harmful environmental effects and exaggerates benefits.

06/23/2014

Pitts research led to California's ground-breaking clean-air standards. (Getty Images)

California Smog Researcher James Pitts Dies At 93

Gov. Brown: “Jim was one of the key pioneers in cleaning up air pollution in California and we’ll all miss him.”

06/19/2014

List of rural water systems with less than 2 months supply falls from 17 to 3. (PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Water Picture Improves For Some California Towns

List of rural water systems with less than 2 months supply falls from 17 to 3.

04/24/2014

Fossil evidence shows the Antarctic coastline averaged 57 degrees some 40-50 million years ago. (Getty Images)

Study: Antarctica Was Once As Warm As California

Fossil evidence shows the Antarctic coastline averaged 57 degrees some 40-50 million years ago.

04/23/2014

Sparks from a titanium-coated club can ignite nearby vegetation. (Getty Images)

Study: Golf Clubs Can Spark Wildfires

Hitting a rock or other obstacle with a titanium-coated club creates sparks that could ignite dry underbrush.

03/20/2014

A House panel will ask farmers and community leaders for input into relieving the state's drought. (Getty Images)

California Hosting Congressional Hearing On Drought

House committee will hear from farmers, communities leaders and state officials.

03/19/2014

Visitors to Yosemite will be encouraged to park in designated off-road areas while exploring the Tuolumne River. (Getty Images)

Yosemite National Park: No More Parking By The River

Plan prohibits visitors from leaving their cars on the roadside near the Tuolumne River.

03/14/2014

71-year-old Palm Desert woman suffered about 1,000 bee stings. (Getty Images)

Thousands Of Bees Attack Southern California Woman

71-year-old suffered about 1,000 stings after swarm covered her entire body.

03/09/2014

Authorities say some people are so desperate for money they are illegally cutting off parts of redwood trees to make and sell crafts. (Getty Images)

Redwood Park Closes Road To Deter Poachers

Unemployment and drug addiction have spurred an increase in the cutting of ancient redwood trees to make coffee tables and wall clocks.

03/05/2014

mercury

Researcher: 10,000 Years Of Gold Rush Mercury Washing Downstream

It’s been long-known that some of the poisonous mercury from the Sierra made its way downstream. One big example of that is the crater in Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park.

02/26/2014

Competing political pressures are fighting to gain control during California's water crisis. (Getty Images)

California Water Politics Complicate Brown’s Decisions

Political and environmental pressures intersect in water crisis.

02/16/2014

2013 was the driest calendar year on record for the state. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

State Government Cuts Water Use

California offices to reduce water use by 20 percent to help alleviate drought.

02/08/2014

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