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After Destructive Butte Fire, a Community Heals the Soil and Itself

Many Californians may barely remember the Butte Fire, which hit the Gold Country foothills last September. But people in Calaveras County do. “I watched this all happen from my deck,” says farmer and beekeeper Sean Kriletich, who put out spot fires on his land and prepared for evacuation. “I Read More … Source:: Newsfix – … Continue reading After Destructive Butte Fire, a Community Heals the Soil and Itself →

L.A. Exhibit Makes Disposable Plastic Trash Impossible to Ignore

Discarded plastic cups and bottles are so prevalent, they’re almost invisible. Whether it’s an iced coffee cup from Starbucks or a red Solo cup at a party, or a water bottle bought from a gas station, they are made to be used and thrown away minutes later. Two artists are trying Read More … Source:: … Continue reading L.A. Exhibit Makes Disposable Plastic Trash Impossible to Ignore →

When Sleeping In A New Place, Half Your Brain Stands Guard

When you sleep in unfamiliar surroundings, only half your brain is getting a good night’s rest. “The left side seems to be more awake than the right side,” says Yuka Sasaki, an associate professor of cognitive, linguistic and psychological sciences at Brown University. The finding, reported Thursday in the Read More … Source:: State of … Continue reading When Sleeping In A New Place, Half Your Brain Stands Guard →

San Francisco Requires New Buildings to Install Solar Panels

San Francisco will soon begin requiring new buildings to have solar panels installed on the roof. It’s the first major U.S. city to have such a requirement, according to Scott Weiner, the city supervisor who introduced the bill. The ordinance, which was passed unanimously by the Board of Supervisors, builds on Read More … Source:: … Continue reading San Francisco Requires New Buildings to Install Solar Panels →

Study: Large Earthquake Long Overdue for California’s Eastern Sierra

The Sierra’s eastern front is long overdue for a large earthquake along the California-Nevada line, where a magnitude-7 event expected on average every 30 years hasn’t occurred in six decades, scientists said Tuesday. Nevada Seismological Laboratory Director Graham Kent said the region’s earthquake “drought” is likely one of the reasons the Read More … Source:: … Continue reading Study: Large Earthquake Long Overdue for California’s Eastern Sierra →

Is California’s Water System Really Broken?

Many farmers contend that the water delivery system that pumps water through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is broken – water to farms and cities must be cut to help fish species, but those species’ numbers are still plummeting. So what's going on?

John Oliver Recruits ‘Sesame Street’ to Sing About Lead Poisoning (Video)

John Oliver turned his righteous outrage to lead poisoning in his weekly show last night. And, as he tends to do, did it with humor. “There is no safe level of lead,” Oliver said. “It’s one of those things so dangerous that you shouldn’t even let a little bit Read More … Source:: State of … Continue reading John Oliver Recruits ‘Sesame Street’ to Sing About Lead Poisoning (Video) →