LOS ANGELES (AP) — The sprinklers outside the California's state Capitol are off and the lawn is withering, the lemon- and cucumber-infused "water stations" at the state pension building are gone, and prison inmates are taking shorter showers while campers at some popular parks can't take them at all.
In ways big and small, the state government is conserving water to try to meet Gov. Jerry Brown's request that everyone — from residents to businesses to state agencies — reduce their use by 20 percent.
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — New photos show that Oregon's famous wandering wolf, OR-7, has at least three pups that he and a mate are raising in the Cascade Range of southern Oregon.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist John Stephenson said Friday that the photos taken July 12 by an automatic camera in a remote section of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest show two gray pups.
Combined with one black pup Stephenson observed outside the pack's den in June, that makes at least three.
Warming temperatures mean kudzu, the invasive vine that’s the bane of the South, has been spotted as far north as Canada, Bloomberg reports, noting that attempts to use it for biofuel have so far failed to gain traction.
MIAMI (AP) — A fungus carried by an invasive beetle from southeast Asia is felling trees across the Everglades, and experts have not found a way to stop the blight from spreading.
Then there's a bigger problem — the damage may be leaving Florida's fragile wetlands open to even more of an incursion from exotic plants threatening to choke the unique Everglades and undermine billions of dollars' worth of restoration projects.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Groundwater losses from the Colorado River basin appear massive enough to threaten long-term supplies for the seven states and parts of Mexico that draw water from the basin, a study released Thursday says.
Researchers from NASA and the University of California, Irvine used satellites to assess what lead author Stephanie Castle called the "shocking" depletion of the groundwater.
Since 2004, researchers said, the basin has lost 53 million acre feet of water — enough to supply more than 50 million households for a year or nearly fill two Lake Meads, the nation's largest water reservoir.
SEATTLE (AP) — President Barack Obama says a wildfire that has burned nearly 400 square miles in the north-central part of Washington state, along with blazes in other Western areas, can be attributed to climate change.
Obama, speaking at a fundraiser Tuesday, offered federal help to deal with Washington's wildfire, the largest in the state's history.
He said Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Craig Fugate had authorized an emergency declaration to ensure electrical power.
The Environmental Protection Agency is doing better with RadNet, its system of ambient radiation monitors: Installing more of them, getting them to work longer and changing the filters more often, according to a report from the EPA’s Office of Inspector General, The Hill reports.
Conservationdrones.org is working to boost the use of the small unmanned craft for conservation purposes around the world, from monitoring illegal fishing in Belize to keeping track of seabird populations in Australia to studying caribou in Greenland, The New York Times reports.
An apparent end to the relentless slide in oil prices, replaced by day-to-day volatility, has made the option of storing crude in tankers for future resale less attractive, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Predicted higher oil demand in China helped boost prices early Friday, although persistent growth in U.S. stockpiles has helped widen the divide between the domestic and international benchmarks. West Texas Intermediate crude for April delivery gained 78 cents to $48.95 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent jumped 92 cents to $60.97, Reuters reports.
Striking United Steelworkers refinery workers told the Los Angeles Times they are exhausted by long hours and stress caused by bare bones staffing and the use of contractors unfamiliar with equipment that operate at high temperatures and high pressure.
With former Obama administration climate adviser John Podesta expected to run Hillary Clinton’s anticipated 2016 presidential campaign, the former Secretary of State will likely be in a strong position to attract environmental support, according to E&E.
A secession movement is gaining traction in economically-strapped New York towns along the Pennsylvania border, following Albany’s decision to ban fracking. The communities are frustrated they won't be able to take advantage of their position atop the gas-rich Marcellus Shale, The Economist reports.
In a bid to prop up its struggling nuclear power plants, Exelon Corp. is backing legislation introduced in the Illinois legislature to reward producers of low-carbon energy, a measure attacked by consumer advocates, The Associated Press reports.
U.S. coal production for the week ending Feb. 21 fell to an estimated 16.5 million short tons, down from the previous week and the year-ago period, according to Energy Information Administration data. Platts reports the drop could be attributed to the Presidents’ Day holiday and snowy weather that affected rail coal loading.