| Apr 21, 2013
| 2:00 PM
This week our SoCal Garden Clinic turns to problematic avocado trees:
Question from reader Steven Klein of Malibu: In November 2011, I planted a 3-gallon Lamb Hass avocado tree on a slope with full sun about 90% of the day. Despite my ineptitude,...
| Jun 20, 2013
| 10:32 AM
The tricolored blackbird was once among the most common birds in California, with vast colonies of the colorful and highly gregarious species nesting and foraging year-round in marshes and rangelands.
Scientists have been worried about a decline in...
| Jun 12, 2013
| 5:30 PM
The U.S. had a record quarter in solar installation during the first three months of the year, installing 723 megawatts of photovoltaic capacity for a 33% increase over the same period last year. That represents nearly half of all new generation...
| Jun 14, 2013
| 1:00 PM
An estimated 65,000 rare, tricolored blackbirds — roughly one-fifth of the species’ entire global population — were saved this year when six Central California dairy farmers were paid to delay harvesting their silage crops through the...
| Jun 4, 2013
| 10:50 AM
The etrog citron (Citrus medica) is a fruit with thousands of years of human use, much like the related Buddha’s hand fruit. Both are famous for their pleasing, room-filling aroma, but only the etrog is an integral ingredient in Sukkot celebrations...
| Jun 4, 2013
| 12:32 PM
A public-private partnership led by the Conservation Fund has bought nearly 20,000 acres of coastal redwood and fir forest in Sonoma County, sparing the Northern California haven for endangered Coho salmon and threatened northern spotted owls from...
| May 29, 2013
| 6:12 PM
China is hungry.
The world's most populous country has for years been on an agricultural buying binge, scooping up supplies of soybeans, palm oil, cotton and just about anything else that can be culled from the soil.
Now, with 1.3 billion mouths to...
| May 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
SEATTLE -- When an intense storm pounded southwestern Washington in 2007, mud poured down from the mountainsides, logging debris choked streams and the Chehalis River flooded much of the region, causing $57 million in damage.
| May 31, 2013
| 6:30 AM
SEATTLE — The seal looked appealing, a daisy on a field of green, with the words “Tested Green.” It was issued to more than 120 products as a guarantee of environmental responsibility.
The problem, federal trade regulators announced in...
| May 25, 2013
| 1:02 PM
Hundreds of protesters took to the streets in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday as part of a global series of marches against seed giant Monsanto Co. and genetically modified foods.
Organizers said the “March Against Monsanto”...
| May 13, 2013
| 2:53 PM
Ranchers often argue that cattle grazing is the best way to combat cheatgrass, an aggressive invader that has taken over vast areas of the Great Basin, destroying the native sagebrush ecosystem and fueling huge wildfires.
But a study published today...