California environment

Mixed News On Use Of Pesticides In California

May 6, 2015

The effort to reduce pesticide use in California is making halting progress.  Capital Public Radio's Lesley McClurg reports.

Governor Jerry Brown has revised his plan to restore habitat in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, much to the dismay of environmantal groups. The plan includes design changes for the proposed twin tunnels that would carry water south. Capitol Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports.

The battle cry in two ongoing court cases here in the Golden State is, "Save the Bees."  Beekeepers and environmental groups are fighting regulators over the use of pesticides they contend harm bees and crops.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has more.

A long-endangered species of fish in California may have finally been pushed to extinction, thanks in large part to the ongoing drought.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more in a report from Capital Public Radio.

California Democratic lawmakers who control the legislative agenda have made combating climate change one of their environmental legislative priorities.  But as Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, dozens of other environmental bills may garner equal attention.

State and federal fish and wildlife agencies will take a significant step today [Wednesday] in restoring what was once the largest salmon run in California.  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, thousands of hatchery-raised spring-run Chinook salmon will be released into the San Joaquin River.

California state Senate Democrats have unveiled legislation that would fulfill Governor Jerry Brown's climate change goals of reducing reliance on fossil fuels.  Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports.

Lawsuit Wants EPA To Crack Down On Factory Farm Emissions

Feb 9, 2015

A handful of organizations is taking the Environmental Protection Agency to court, demanding action on pollution from the country's 20,000 livestock operations.  The suit asks for new standards on ammonia emission, and for so-called factory farms to be categorized as a source of pollution under the clear air act.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has more in the story from California News Service.

More rural, mountainous, and less-populated areas of California would likely exceed federal limits on smog-forming pollution under a proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, the agency held a public hearing this week in Sacramento on the tougher ozone standards.

Half Of SoCal Economy Dependent On Colorado River

Jan 22, 2015

If the Colorado River runs dry, so would the economy of Southern California.  A new report from Arizona State University quantifies the potential damage of water shortages by industry, and makes a strong case for keeping the Colorado River flowing through better management and data collection.  More in this California News Service story from KVCR's Matt Guilhem.

Study Analyzes Fracking in California

Jan 15, 2015

The oil extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing is much different in California than in other states.  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, that's the finding of the first independent scientific assessment required under the state's new fracking regulations.

By refusing to hear an appeal this week, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with one of the tiniest fish in California.  The court was asked by some California farming interests and water districts to consider overturning a case that affirms protections for the Delta Smelt, a fish found only in the San Francisco Bay Delta.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has this story from California News Service.

California will soon impose tough new safety and emergency planning regulations on shipments of crude oil that move through California by rail.  More in this story from Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton.

In his State of the State speech Monday, Governor Jerry Brown laid out an ambitious set of goals for slowing climate change and more efficient energy production.  Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports on reaction from lawmakers to Brown's sweeping energy and climate proposals.