| May 17, 2013
| 6:55 PM
When the magnitude 9 earthquake struck Japan more than two years ago, there were 1,200 global positioning system stations recording ocean floor movement in real time.
None was linked to that nation’s tsunami warning system, which underestimated...
| May 13, 2013
| 9:40 AM
Carbon dioxide measurements in the Earth's atmosphere did not break the symbolic milestone of 400 parts per million at a Hawaiian observatory last week, according to a revised reading from the nation's climate observers.
The National Oceanic and...
| May 15, 2013
| 7:00 AM
The Ocean Conservancy has run the numbers, and over the course of a single day in September 2012, more than 500,000 volunteers from across the globe collected 10 million pounds of trash from beaches and waterways.
The top three most common items...
| May 1, 2013
| 5:25 AM
The ratio of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere is flirting with 400 parts per million, a level last seen about 2.5 million to 5 million years ago, according to the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.
The Institution this week...
| May 2, 2013
| 2:11 PM
The United Nation’s weather agency has confirmed that 2012 was the ninth warmest year since record keeping began in 1850, and the 27th consecutive year that global land and ocean temperatures were above average.
Last year exceeded the global...
| Aug 23, 2012
| 6:01 PM
This is an unexpectedly verdant walk surrounded by urban sprawl, where the Los Angeles River, gradually being allowed to return to its natural state, is home to an amazing array of native fish, fowl, joggers and cyclists.
1 Begin your walk from the...
| Dec 23, 2012
EUREKA, Calif. — State scientists, grappling with an explosion of marijuana growing on the North Coast, recently studied aerial imagery of a small tributary of the Eel River, spawning grounds for endangered coho salmon and other threatened fish.
| Jun 28, 2012
| 4:40 PM
The horror of scores of desperate people fleeing their countries for Australia abroad rickety boats and drowning at sea has jolted Australia again. Something must be done to stop people from risking their lives, Australian politicians and pundits...
| Jul 23, 2012
| 4:33 PM
Food FYI: Caffeine levels rise in oceans, scientists say...
| Jun 22, 2012
| 4:35 PM
Sea levels along the California coast are expected to rise up to one foot in 20 years, two feet by 2050 and as much as 5 1/2 feet by the end of the century, climbing slightly faster than the global average and increasing the risk of flooding and storm...
| Mar 3, 2013
People travel to the Mojave expecting arid crags, tortured landscapes and vast expanses. But water? Not so much. On a recent winter trip to the Mojave, I stumbled on a new desert lure: bubbling springs, creeks and even a river, the Amargosa. My husband,...