California environment

Cleanup Continues On Large Oil Spill In Kern County

Jul 16, 2019

Conservation groups say an oil leak from a Chevron well in Kern County has surpassed the 2105 Santa Barbara spill in size.  As cleanup continues, the groups are calling on the state to stop issuing new drilling permits.  KVCR's Benajmin Purper has more.

  LAKE ELSINORE (CNS) - Officials today (Sunday) are expecting another day of crowds wanting to get a glimpse of the ``Super Bloom'' in Lake Elsinore, and warned visitors to plan for at least an hour-long wait to ride the shuttle to the colorful poppy fields and another hour to return.
   On Saturday, at least 3,000 people visited the fields before noon, Lake Elsinore spokeswoman Nicole Dailey said.

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LAKE ELSINORE (CNS) - Sunshine and rolling hills blanketed in eye- catching wildflowers are expected to draw major crowds to Lake Elsinore today (Saturday),
as more people seek to see the ``Super Bloom'' up close, while public safety agencies work to keep traffic moving and hazards to a minimum.
   On Thursday, officials announced a coordinated strategy to mitigate the influx of people likely to converge on Walker Canyon today and Sunday.
   ``The Super Bloom has created significant challenges for the community


The Green New Deal nationally includes social justice goals that aren't always attached to plans to fight climate change.  Captial Public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports on how California climate policies began.

The Trump Administration announced yesterday (Thursday) it will no longer allow California to have tougher fuel efficiency standards than the rest of the nation.  Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports.

In 60 years, the climate in cities across the U.S. could shift drastically.  As Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero explains, now there's a web tool to see how your city could change.


Grassroots groups are mobilizing across California and the nation this week to promote the "Green New Deal," a ten-year plan to fight climate change by weaning the country off of oil and gas.  KVCR's Katie Trojano has more.

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Walmart is opening a consolidation center and warehouse in Colton, which will bring over 600 jobs by 2021.

KVCR's Danielle Fox has more.



Walmart is opening a consolidation center and warehouse in Colton this July, which will bring over 600 jobs by 2021. The 340,000 square foot facility will initially employ 150 full-time associates with a base salary starting above $15 per hour.

Paper receipts could become a thing of the past if a new California bill becomes law.  Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports.

Democratic Member of Congress Raul Ruiz - who represents the areas of the Coachella Valley including the Salton Sea - was joined by lawmakers from across the state yesterday (Thursday) in calling on Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom to make saving the declining Salton Sea a priority upon taking office.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

Thousands of activists, researchers, and scientists are gathering in San Francisco this week for the Global Climate Action Summit.  Capital Public Radio's Ezra DAvid Romero has a preview.


California has hit its goal for lowering climate change-causing emissions early.  The state Air Resources Board announced yesterday (Wednesday) that greenhouse gas emissions fell below 1990 levels four years earlier than a target set last decade.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford explains.

Conservation groups have reached a settlement that will stop the Nestle corporation from drawing water from the San Bernardino National Forest.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has more.

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Half-a-century ago, there were only 30 pairs of bald eagles mating in California.  Today, that populaiton has jumped, thanks to a nationwide effort.  But it still isn't easy.  Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports on the lengths wildlife experts go to save America's national bird.

The Trump administration has launched its second lawsuit against the state of California, this time over public lands.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

A bill reintroduced into the California legislature for the third time would make the sale of filtered cigarettes illegal.  Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports.

In San Francisco today (Wednesday), the nation's first-ever curt hearing on the science of climate change will take place.  Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero explains.

A new bill in Congress to reform biofuel policy and favor newer options over ethanol is attracting support from conservation groups.  More from KVCR's Isel Cuapio.

You would not be able to drink out of a straw at a sit-down restaurant unless you request one under a new bill inching through the California legislature.  Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports.

A judge ordered the California Department of Agriculture to stop spraying dozens of pesticides.  Some environmental groups count this as a win.  However, a UC Riverside researcher warns the move to stop the spraying will hurt efforts to fight a damaging citrus disease.  Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric has more.

Climate change could decrease the yield of some crops in the state by up to 40 percent by 2050. Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports on research that suggests warming temperatures are altering the world of agriculture.

More than three-quarters of Californians oppose the Trump administration's plan to shrink two national monuments in Utah, and want to see California's national monuments protected.  That's according to a new poll from the non-profit Hispanic Access Foundation.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has more.

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Conservation groups are vowing to fight President Donald Trump's decision to open up almost all federal waters to oil and gas drilling, including all of California's coast.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has more.

A new report from the Endangered Species Coalition finds that the Trunmp Administration is putting endangered species further at risk by putting political needs above science.  KVCR's Isel Cuapio reports.

A California appeals court has ordered three major paint companies to pay for removing lead paint, but only in older homes.  Capital Public Radio's Sally Schilling reports.

A year after California enacted a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags, environmental groups say early data shows a significant dip in plastic trash.  Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric has more.

Nearly two-dozen California business groups are urging legislators to vote 'yes' on Senate Bill 100, which would mandate that California get 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources in less than 30 years.  More from KVCR's Isel Cuapio.

A California farmer faces a nearly $3 million fine for plowing his field without first getting a permit.  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, a trial begins this week to determine whether the fines are appropriate for violating the federal Clean Water Act.


A recent study conducted by the University of California, Berkeley and the non-profit group Next 10 provided a cost-/benefit analysis of how California's progressive climate policies have affected the economy of the Inland Empire.  In part 1 of a two-part series continued tomorrow, KVCR's Isel Cuapio spoke with the founder of Next 10, Noel Perry, and UC Berkeley's Betony Jones.