California

Nadia Prupis, staff writer
As an investigation into an oil spill along the California coast continued on Thursday, environmentalists described a "nightmare" scenario in the area and new details emerged about the pipeline operator's long history of generating similar disasters. California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency late Wednesday over the oil spill...
Jon Queally, staff writer
An oil pipeline that runs along the coast of central California broke on...
Nadia Prupis, staff writer
For the first time ever, California's state water board on Wednesday approved...

Further

Bad news on all sides on our human propensity for taking without thinking. A new study finds researchers have "grossly underestimated" the impact on the Amazon rainforest of logging and other human activity, even as California park rangers combat a surge in nightime bandits - aka "midnight burlers" - poaching the burl from old-growth redwoods to sell for furniture. The tallest trees on earth, old-growth redwoods once covered almost 2,000,000 acres of California; today, less than 5% of that...