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Gov. Brown OKs Plan for Earthquake Early Warning System

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation to develop a statewide earthquake early warning system in California, after devoting $10 million to the program in the state budget he signed this year. Brown announced Thursday that he signed SB 438 by state Sen. Jerry Hill, a Democrat from San Mateo. The legislation sets Read More … … Continue reading Gov. Brown OKs Plan for Earthquake Early Warning System →

Is Ecotourism Helping or Hurting Our National Parks?

This post is part of KQED’s Do Now U project. Do Now U is a biweekly activity for students and the public to engage and respond to current issues using social media. Do Now U aims to build civic engagement and digital literacy for learners of all Read More … Source:: KQED QUEST

Phillips 66 Refinery in Rodeo Reopens Marine Terminal as Oil Spill Investigation Continues

The marine terminal that oil tankers use to unload crude to the Phillips 66 refinery in Rodeo has reopened, a week after an investigation into an oil spill and sickening odor prompted the company to shut it down. A tanker at the refinery named the Yamuna Spirit left San Read More … Source:: Newsfix – … Continue reading Phillips 66 Refinery in Rodeo Reopens Marine Terminal as Oil Spill Investigation Continues →

Whales, Sea Turtles, Seals: The Unintended Catch of Abandoned Fishing Gear

Update, 29 Sept 2016: Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill this month allowing the retrieval of lost or abandoned crab traps after crab fishing season has closed. Current law doesn’t allow anyone to disturb traps belonging to other people; the new law establishes a permit that grants a person the authority to collect crab traps belonging … Continue reading Whales, Sea Turtles, Seals: The Unintended Catch of Abandoned Fishing Gear →

Wildfire in Santa Cruz Mountains Forces Evacuation of 300 Homes

Update 11:42 a.m. Tuesday The Loma Fire has now spread over 2,000 acres, and more than 500 fire personnel are now fighting it. The blaze has so far destroyed one home and charred more than 1.5 square miles of dry brush and timber, according to Cal Fire. The fire is Read More … Source:: Newsfix … Continue reading Wildfire in Santa Cruz Mountains Forces Evacuation of 300 Homes →

Stem Cells May Have Restored Use of Hands and Arms in Paralyzed Man

Update Sept. 23:You can read our original post about the remarkable case of Kris Boesen after this update. But some more data was released last week by Asterias Therapeutics, which developed the stem cells that are being injected into patients with cervical spinal cord injuries in a Read More … Source:: Future of You – … Continue reading Stem Cells May Have Restored Use of Hands and Arms in Paralyzed Man →

Officials Investigate Whether Phillips 66 Refinery Tied to San Pablo Bay Oil Spill

Update: 9:41 a.m. Thursday A Contra Costa County health official says the Philips 66 refinery in Rodeo was unloading crude oil from a tanker at its marine terminal at the same time hundreds of Vallejo residents began complaining about a petroleum-like odor Tuesday night. Local regulators say the tanker called the Yamuna Read More … … Continue reading Officials Investigate Whether Phillips 66 Refinery Tied to San Pablo Bay Oil Spill →

Zuckerberg, Chan Just Pledged $3 Billion to Cure All Diseases

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has a goal that’s even more ambitious than connecting the entire world to the internet: He and his wife, Priscilla Chan, a pediatrician, want to help eradicate all disease by the end of this century. Zuckerberg and Chan are committing $3 billion over the next 10 years Read More … Source:: … Continue reading Zuckerberg, Chan Just Pledged $3 Billion to Cure All Diseases →

Soberanes Fire Is Now the Costliest in U.S. History

A wildfire that’s been burning for nearly two months in Monterey County east of the Big Sur coast has surpassed $200 million in firefighting costs, becoming the costliest to fight in U.S. history, according to data released Monday. The Soberanes Fire has cost $206.7 million to fight so far, the Read More … Source:: Newsfix … Continue reading Soberanes Fire Is Now the Costliest in U.S. History →

Another Private Contractor Under Investigation in Soberanes Fire Injury

State regulators have opened an investigation into Industrial Defense Development Inc., a private contractor that employs a worker who was seriously injured when his water tender flipped over while battling a massive wildfire burning in Monterey County. It’s the second time this summer a private contractor has come under scrutiny after Read More … Source:: … Continue reading Another Private Contractor Under Investigation in Soberanes Fire Injury →

Are Artificially Intelligent Military Systems Worth the Risk?

This post is part of KQED’s Do Now U project. Do Now U is a biweekly activity for students and the public to engage and respond to current issues using social media. Do Now U aims to build civic engagement and digital literacy for learners of all Read More … Source:: KQED QUEST