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.



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.


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.


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.


A mud covered boat sits on a dry lakebed. (Getty Images)

California Drought Felt From Forests To Farms

Signs of drought are everywhere.


2013 was a record dry year for many communities in California. (Getty Images)

California marks 2013 as historically dry year

Sacramento ended 2013 14 inches below average rainfall.


2014 Nissan Leaf  (credit: Nissan Motor Company Ltd)

Eight States Vow To Get 3.3 Million Zero-Emission Vehicles On The Road By 2025

The governors of eight states including California and New York pledged Thursday to work together to create charging stations and other fueling infrastructure needed to get 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on those states’ roadways by 2025 to curb greenhouse gas pollution.


Stockton Fire

Stockton Recycling Center Blaze Spawned More Than 18 Spot Fires

Crews say they are making progress, but concern remains about strong winds creating even more spot fires.



Food Becoming Fuel For Sacramento City Trucks, Street Sweepers

Two to three tons of food waste going through the process can be transformed into the equivalent of 50 diesel gallons.


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Al Gore Keynotes 17th Annual Tahoe Summit

Lake Tahoe and the environmental perils it faces will be back in the spotlight Monday as hundreds of leading scientists, elected officials and environmentalists convene for an annual forum touting successes and identifying new challenges that threaten its famed clear waters.


File photo of lead ammunition. (credit: RAMZI HAIDAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Calif. Bill Would Ban Lead Ammunition

Environmentalists are pushing legislation to ban lead ammunition in California to prevent toxins from poisoning scavengers that eat animal remains left by hunters.


Animal Outreach

Dog-Friendliest Workplaces In Sacramento

Studies show that having pets in the workplace can be a win-win for both employees and for the company for which they work.