Placer County Local News: Environment


All Local Environment News articles contributed by our local media allies and other local newsrooms.

California Local Pin Marker From Sacramento Bee...

12/08/2023
The California Department of Water Resources released an environmental impact report for a tunnel that the state would like to build through the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. The report identifies potential impacts to farmland, tribal remains and endangered species of fish.

California Local Pin Marker From New York Times...

12/07/2023
Conservationists intend to shoot all of the deer on Santa Catalina Island by helicopter. Some people are opposed, either for not wanting to eliminate the deer or for missing out on future chances to hunt them.

California Local Pin Marker From Capital & Main...

12/06/2023
Staff at the state’s air regulatory agency have been restricted from communicating with Jim Duffy, a scientist who retired from the agency in 2022. Duffy had criticized gas lobbyists and an agency director.

California Local Pin Marker From Sacramento Bee...

12/06/2023
California energy regulators are considering requiring homeowners to replace broken air-conditioning systems with heat pumps or HVAC systems that are more energy efficient. The change would go into effect in 2026.

California Local Pin Marker From Los Angeles Times...

12/05/2023
Private company Brightline secured a $3 billion grant through the U.S. Department of Transportation toward a 218-mile high-speed rail line from Rancho Cucamonga to Las Vegas. The line would allow people to make the trip to Sin City in a little over two hours.

California Local Pin Marker From SFGate...

12/04/2023
A new study by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has found that approximately 3,400 kilotons of lithium are located below Imperial County in Southern California. This could produce more than $7 billion in lithium carbonate annually, helping power significant numbers of electric vehicles.

California Local Pin Marker From KQED...

12/04/2023
An Alameda County judge ruled on Nov. 22 that the city of Oakland thwarted a proposed coal export terminal. The judge will rule if the developer who sued is entitled to $159 million in damages or moving forward with the project.

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12/02/2023
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public input on a draft environmental impact statement and draft management strategy that addresses the threat of invasive barred owls to native spotted owls.

California Local Pin Marker From YubaNet...

11/30/2023
The world is heating up at an unprecedented pace, new climate data shows, and leaders gathered for the COP28 conference in Dubai must get us out of ‚Äúdeep trouble,‚ÄĚ UN chief Ant√≥nio Guterres said.

California Local Pin Marker From SFGate...

11/29/2023
Two miles of public beach were closed in Laguna Beach following a spill of 94,500 gallons of sewage. Orange County is testing water to determine when the beach will be safe to reopen.

California Local Pin Marker From YubaNet...

11/28/2023
An analysis by the U.S. Department of Energy found that with expected technology advances, the Salton Sea region‚Äôs total lithium resources could produce more than 3,400 kilotons of lithium, enough to support over 375 million batteries for electric vehicles‚ÄĒmore than the total number currently on U.S. roads.

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11/25/2023
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Research shows that one acre of healthy Sierra Nevada wetlands can capture as much carbon from the air as one acre of a tropical rainforest.

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11/16/2023
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Prescribed fire can help improve forest health and reduce the likelihood of catastrophic wildfire. A paper from UC Davis suggests four key strategies that policymakers and land managers can take to get more ‚Äúgood fire‚ÄĚ on the ground in North America‚Äôs fire-adapted ecosystems.

California Local Pin Marker From The Guardian...

11/13/2023
A 2021 fire has helped bring wolves back to Southern California for the first time since the 19th century. A rancher is worried about how to keep wolves, which are federally protected, from harming cattle.

California Local Pin Marker From Los Angeles Times...

11/06/2023
A shrubby Palmer oak tree in Riverside County is around 13,000 years old, making it California’s oldest tree and one of the longest-lived organisms on earth. Some people are concerned that a proposed development could threaten the tree.

California Local Pin Marker From New York Times...

10/31/2023
A UCLA climate scientist says California’s redwoods might not last in their current groves for another 100 years. An effort is afoot to plant redwoods elsewhere in more potentially hospitable climates, such as the Pacific Northwest.

California Local Pin Marker From Daily Democrat...

10/28/2023
A team of UC Davis researchers found that birds nesting near farmland were half as likely to have at least one fledgling successfully leave the nest when temperatures spiked. However, forests seemed to provide a protective buffer against high temperatures.

California Local Pin Marker From YubaNet...

10/26/2023
Forecasters have struggled to understand why tropical storms sometimes blow up into major hurricanes. Scientists have shed some light on this forecasting challenge.

California Local Pin Marker From CalMatters...

10/25/2023
Wet weather and planned cuts by California, Arizona and Nevada averted declines that could have threatened water deliveries and power production‚ÄĒbut long-term threats to the Colorado River remain.

California Local Pin Marker From CalMatters...

10/17/2023
California cities can ban synthetic turf under a law Gov. Gavin Newsom signed. He rejected a bill to ban PFAS in fake lawns.