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NASA: 2017 was second hottest year on record — trailing only 2016

The planet continued its dramatic warming in 2017, federal scientists said Thursday, with last year marking the hottest on record when the short-term influence of El Niño conditions is factored out. [Read entire story]

Governor appoints new chief at California’s troubled water agency

Gov. Jerry Brown named a senior state water official to head California’s troubled water agency Wednesday, just days after the department was blasted in an independent report for having a culture of complacency and [Read entire story]

SFO-bound flight comes close to landing on wrong runway

An Aeromexico flight into San Francisco International Airport came close to landing on the wrong runway, federal officials said Wednesday, putting at risk another plane that occupied the airstrip. The [Read entire story]

Human remains IDd as those of missing SF Uber driver

Human remains found in a Hayward warehouse last summer were confirmed as those of a San Francisco man who disappeared eight months ago, police said Wednesday. San Francisco investigators said Piseth [Read entire story]

Former Vice President Biden looks back on life, career; mum on 2020 presidential bid

Former Vice President Joe Biden largely avoided mention of today’s political fray during the latest stop on his book tour Tuesday in San Francisco. But the 75-year-old Democratic statesman, while [Read entire story]

Former Vice President Biden looks back on life, career; mum on 2020 presidential bid

Former Vice President Joe Biden largely avoided mention of today’s political fray during the latest stop on his book tour Tuesday in San Francisco. But the 75-year-old Democratic statesman, while [Read entire story]

Oil giant Exxon Mobil counters climate-change suits by SF, other governments

Oil giant Exxon Mobil has launched a counter-punch to the lawsuits filed by San Francisco and other communities that seek damages for climate change, alleging that the California jurisdictions conspired to vilify and [Read entire story]

2017 was costliest year ever in U.S. for weather, climate disasters

Last year’s devastating floods and fires in California combined with hurricanes and other natural disasters to wreak unprecedented financial damage on the United States, the federal government reported Monday. [Read entire story]

State missed problems that led to Oroville Dam near-disaster, report finds

The spillway failures at Oroville Dam that prompted tens of thousands to flee for their lives last winter were the result of years of mistakes, lax inspections and lazy repairs by the state’s water agency, a team of [Read entire story]

Trump administration calls for opening California coast to oil drilling

Nearly all U.S. waters, including the long-protected California coast, would be opened to new offshore oil- and gas-drilling rigs under a sweeping proposal that the Trump administration unveiled Thursday. [Read entire story]

Suing Big Oil over climate change, Santa Cruz eyes wildfire, storm costs

The city and county of Santa Cruz have joined a growing number of communities suing oil companies over climate change, alleging a plot in which the fossil fuel industry concealed the dangers of its products from [Read entire story]

California losing 2 million trees a month as drought-related plague drags on

California’s forests are seeing a continued die-off of trees even a year after heavy rains ended the state’s crippling drought. The U.S. Forest Service announced Monday that 27 million trees died [Read entire story]

Cracks found on Oroville Dam’s new spillway not a concern, state says

Several small cracks have been discovered on the Oroville Dam’s newly rebuilt concrete spillway, prompting federal regulators to express concern about the $500 million construction project under way at the troubled [Read entire story]

California threatens to sue Trump admin. over park fee hikes

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra led top attorneys from 10 states Wednesday in threatening legal action against the Trump administration for planning to more than double national park entrance fees. [Read entire story]

Rains good for ending wildfire danger, bad for toxic runoff in burn zones

The recent rain that put a welcome end to wildfire season in badly burned Northern California has a downside: toxic runoff. Though no major problems have been reported in the Wine Country, which was hit [Read entire story]

National Park Service veteran named to head Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Laura Joss, a 27-year veteran of the National Park Service who has led the agency’s West Coast office for the past year and a half, was appointed to the top post at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area on [Read entire story]

Big Sur back in business with opening of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge on Highway 1

The famously fractured Big Sur coast was reconnected Friday when the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge on Monterey County’s scenic Highway 1 opened to traffic. The new steel bridge, which spans a deep ravine [Read entire story]

Big Sur back in business with opening of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge on Highway 1

The famously fractured Big Sur coast was reconnected Friday when the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge on Monterey County’s scenic Highway 1 opened to traffic. The new steel bridge, which spans a deep ravine [Read entire story]