| Feb 27, 2014
| 4:30 PM
Happy International Polar Bear Day!
The polar bear conservation group Polar Bears International, has set aside Feb. 27 as a special day to celebrate those furry white giants of the North, and to remind the public that it is not too late to help them....
| Feb 26, 2014
Re "Spoiled about water," Opinion, Feb. 24
Installing dual water meters to measure both indoor and outdoor use as a way to help save water sounds like a good idea until factoring in the total costs.
The $255 "sub meter" cited by the authors is only...
| Feb 20, 2014
| 7:13 PM
WASHINGTON — Seeking to present a unified Democratic front in an election year, President Obama is backing away from a proposal to restrain spending on entitlement programs, focusing instead on economic priorities likely to please his party's base....
| Feb 21, 2014
Re "Patt Morrison Asks: Jay Famiglietti," Opinion, Feb. 19
Our water problem is real, certainly. What's less so is the claim that people can make any significant difference in water usage by limiting showers and not making ice cubes, as Jay...
| Feb 20, 2014
| 5:57 PM
HENDERSON, Nev. — Sometimes it's not what's on the walls but what's in them that makes a home stand out.
That was the case this month at the unveiling of the 2014 New American Home outside Las Vegas, an annual demonstration of the latest in...
| Feb 19, 2014
| 11:04 AM
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic leaders will unveil a $687-million proposal Wednesday afternoon aimed at helping California deal with its drought emergency.
The new legislation would speed up the spending of millions of dollars aimed at...
| Feb 18, 2014
| 8:00 AM
If birds of a feather flock together, get ready to make some room. It turns out that across the animal kingdom, winged and finned creatures -- from tiny insects to giant whales – share some incredible energy-saving features in their body designs....
| Feb 14, 2014
| 9:14 PM
FIREBAUGH, Calif. — Standing Friday afternoon on cracked, parched earth where melons would usually grow, President Obama brought both a message of aid and an ominous warning to drought-stricken California as he outlined more than $160 million in...
| Feb 15, 2014
| 3:00 PM
If somehow you missed the news that California is drier than a stale tortilla, the Amber Alert signs have come to the rescue with highway bulletins like this one:
"Serious drought, help save water."
This is helpful to a point, I suppose, and I like...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 5:00 AM
WASHINGTON – Nancy Sutley, the top White House environmental advisor, is a fan of Wallace and Gromit, the claymation movie stars. Wallace, a tinkerer, habitually gets in trouble with his elaborate inventions, and Gromit, his silent but hyper-...
| Feb 13, 2014
Two years after the San Onofre nuclear plant was shuttered because of its problematic steam generators, state authorities are deciding how Southern California Edison ought to power the homes and businesses of its customers without the troubled plant,...