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- EPA considering criminal charges against Chevron refinery in Richmond, unrelated to recent explosion. The agency charges that the plant has been detouring pollutants and burning them off into the atmosphere. [San Francisco Business Times]
- Many desalinization plants in California are stymied as water districts ask themselves: How much are we willing to pay for this new water? [Huffington Post]
- On international Park(ing) Day, Oakland gets its first parklet. [CBS]
- Meeting the challenges presented by climate change will be a matter of survival for some California farmers. [KQED]
- Scientists looking into tent design, mutations as reason for deadly hantavirus outbreak in Yosemite. [Contra Costa Times]
- Whole Foods pulls out of Gill Tract in Albany, site of the Occupy the Farm protests, after lawsuits over environmental impact. [Oakland Tribune]
- Check out these wildlife shots from hidden cameras in Point Reyes. [Huffington Post]
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The forecast calls for big rain this weekend from an "atmospheric river," a plume of moisture stretching thousands of miles across the Pacific and splashing onto land right smack on the Northern California coast.
With all the cold and moist days we've had lately, it's the perfect time to experience winter's tule fog, a different variety than summer's ocean-borne type.
A recent study has proven the obvious: San Francisco Bay is a major conduit for invasive species. And the biggest culprit? Cargo ships and their ballast water. Environmentalists are now pushing for new treatment requirements to stem the tide of alien species.
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