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Plants & Animals Aug 14, 2023

Survival of this frog in California wildfire scar lends 'some hope' for threatened species

Wildlife biologists reported finding a small population of California red-legged frogs within the burn scars of a Northern California wildfire that torched a large area of the Sierra foothills last year.

Plants & Animals Aug 16, 2023

Surprisingly deadly summer for Lake Tahoe bears: 20 killed, 18 hurt in vehicle collisions

Twenty bears killed and almost 20 more injured - it's been a uniquely dangerous summer for Lake Tahoe's bear population, with more hit by vehicles from late July to mid-August "than we've ever had at that time," said Ann ...

Environment Aug 14, 2023

What's in the mysterious waters of Tulare Lake? Contaminants, egrets and many unknowns

Out on the water, a silence hangs in the air and the sun's harsh glare reflects off the lake's still surface. Small fish float belly-up alongside snakelike tubes of irrigation piping. Five feet below, abandoned chicken coops, ...

Environment Aug 20, 2023

Hilary weakens to tropical storm heading for California

Hurricane Hilary weakened to a tropical storm Sunday as it barreled up Mexico's Pacific coast, but was still likely to bring life-threatening flooding to the typically arid southwestern United States, forecasters said.

Earth Sciences Aug 15, 2023

Q&A: Climate change is increasing wildfire risks for forests - what can we do about it?

Recent wildfires in Hawaii and in many parts of Canada underscore the importance of wildfire prevention and management. Research from North Carolina State is helping us better understand - and possibly mitigate - increased ...

Environment Jun 27, 2023

Billions are being spent to turn the tide on the US West's wildfires. It won't be enough

Using chainsaws, heavy machinery and controlled burns, the Biden administration is trying to turn the tide on worsening wildfires in the U.S. West through a multi-billion dollar cleanup of forests choked with dead trees and ...

Ecology Jul 24, 2023

These nearly invisible organisms help clean Lake Tahoe's water. Here's how they do it

Plankton are not just a diabolical mastermind on a Nickelodeon show about a sponge who lives under the sea. Lake Tahoe is filled with them - the good kind.

Earth Sciences Jul 23, 2023

Scientists: Lake Tahoe is regaining legendary clarity

At midnight, researchers aboard the vessel John Le Conte - an old 37-foot diesel-powered salmon trawler - dropped a net into icy cold waters.

Environment Jul 13, 2023

Global study details microplastics contamination in lakes and reservoirs

Around 14 million tons of plastic end up in the ocean every year. But that is not the only water source where plastic represents a significant intrusion.

Ecology Jul 6, 2023

Asian clams' spread in Columbia River warns of worse invaders

The invasive Asian clam is more common in the lower Columbia River than its native habitat of southeast Asia, according to a study of the clam's abundance in the river.

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Environment May 13, 2022

No sea serpents, mobsters but Tahoe trash divers strike gold

They found no trace of a mythical sea monster, no sign of mobsters in concrete shoes or long-lost treasure chests.

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Plants & Animals Apr 25, 2022

California family finds 5 bears hibernating under their Lake Tahoe home

Bear with them. They were just hibernating.

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Environment Apr 01, 2022

California drought deepens as wet season is anything but

California is experiencing one of the driest starts to spring in decades, data showed Friday, and absent a heavy dose of April and May showers the state's drought will deepen and that could lead to stricter rules on water ...

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Environment Apr 01, 2022

California drought: Sierra snowpack falls to one of lowest levels in 70 years

Stressed by high temperatures and a record run of dry weather over the last three months, the Sierra Nevada snowpack, the source of 30% of the state's water supply, has hit one of its lowest levels for the end of winter in ...

Environment Apr 01, 2022

California drought deepens as wet season is anything but

California is experiencing one of the driest starts to spring in decades, data showed Friday, and absent a heavy dose of April and May showers the state's drought will deepen and that could lead to stricter rules on water ...

Earth Sciences Feb 01, 2022

California drought: Sierra Nevada snowpack falls below average after dry January

Like the 49ers fourth-quarter lead in Sunday's NFC Championship game, California's once-impressive Sierra Nevada snowpack is steadily shrinking.

Environment Jan 26, 2022

New federal wildfire plan is ambitious, but the Forest Service needs more money and people to fight growing risks

People living in the western U.S. have been concerned about wildfires for a long time, but the past two years have left many of them fearful and questioning whether any solutions to the fire crisis truly exist.

Environment Jan 31, 2022

Among Winter Olympic cities, Tahoe will soon be too warm to host

Towering Squaw Peak has groomed generations of America's most elite winter Olympians, from racer Tamara McKinney and freestylist Jonny Mosely to six members of this year's Alpine Team U.S..

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Environment Feb 02, 2022

Dry January means less water than normal in California snow

The water contained in California's mountain snow is now lower than the historical average after a January without significant rain or snow - a dramatic reversal from December that demonstrates the state's challenges in managing ...

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Environment Jan 18, 2022

US plans $50B wildfire fight where forests meet civilization

The Biden administration said Tuesday it will significantly expand efforts to stave off catastrophic wildfires that have torched areas of the U.S. West by more aggressively thinning forests around "hot spots" where nature ...

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Earth Sciences Feb 04, 2022

First-ever study looks at glacial lakes, dams in Alaska and potential for flooding

Brianna Rick, a doctoral student in the Department of Geosciences at Colorado State University, has been conducting research in Alaska for several years. She's developed an interest in studying glacial lakes, bodies of water ...

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Plants & Animals Jan 19, 2022

Mother bears and cubs battle for survival as wildfire, drought and traffic take heavy toll

Whether emblazoned on California's flag or described in myth, the bear stands as a potent symbol of courage and strength - a ferocious embodiment of the North American wilderness.

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Space Exploration Jan 07, 2022

Scientist aims to ensure 'microbe-free' Mars samples

The Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover is collecting samples in search of signs of ancient microbial life, which would advance NASA's quest to explore the past habitability of Mars. The samples are set to return to Earth no earlier ...

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