Santa Barbara's ban on plastic bags steps up a notch Friday to include smaller grocery stores, pharmacies and convenience stores. The initial portion of the ban that went into effect back in May only included larger supermarkets and major drug chains of 10,000 square feet or more.
Customers can still buy a paper bag for 10 cents if they forget to bring a reusable shopping bag.
Projects to reduce the amount of air pollution caused by particulates coming from the Oceano Dunes don't appear to be working. Testing shows the number of days with poor air quality on the Nipomo Mesa held steady, despite the addition of sand fencing and hay bales.
California State Parks spent more than a million dollars on the projects this past spring.
Larry Allen is the Air Pollution Control officer for San Luis Obispo County. He believes the problem can be fixed without putting an end to vehicle access on the dunes, but says some action needs to be taken.
State Senator Hannah-Beth held a public hearing in Santa Barbara earlier today to address Climate Change and Emergency management.
The hearing was designed to discuss the risks associated with climate change and what's left to be done. Panels of experts presented Climate Change reports and examined how climate change has already affected California.
Brian Reynolds talks with representatives from the Air Pollution Control District of San Luis Obispo County about climate change, also about our local air quality, what affects it, and what each of us can do to improve it.
San Luis Obispo County's Elfin Forest natural area will celebrate its 20 year anniversary on Saturday, September 27.
The 90 acres of preserved land sits on the southeastern shore of Morro Bay adjacent to Los Osos and Morro Bay State Park. It was created by the local group Small Wilderness Area Preservation (SWAP) and now includes a combination of County and State park lands.
SWAP's chair, Ron Rasmussen, says the natural area got its name based on oddly-shaped native trees.
A Monterey County judge ordered Tuesday the parent company of T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods to pay $2.8 million in penalties related to environmental violations.
A total of 38 California counties sued the Massachusetts-based corporation known as TJX Companies for dumping hazardous pollutants at its stores throughout the state.
Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley says the settlement "marks a victory for the environment and should also serve as a strong message to other companies and individuals that engage in illegal disposal practices."
Climate change is threatening the health and well-being of our communities. Locally, increased temperatures are impacting our environment and the Central Coast is experiencing severe drought and reduced air quality. These changes to our environment have the potential to greatly impact our health.
Officials in California are hoping Labor Day boaters will help keep invasive quagga and zebra mussels in check this Labor Day holiday weekend.
“Californians have a unique opportunity to enjoy numerous natural resources,” said California Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Charlton H. Bonham. “Doing your part to clean, drain and dry before heading out to recreate will help keep them free of quagga and zebra mussels, as well as other invasive species.”
California's Death Valley is probably best known for its soaring temperatures, which are among the hottest recorded on the planet. But another natural phenomenon has puzzled scientists for decades; rocks that appear to slide on their own across a dry lake bed.
A Central Coast man says the mystery is now solved. His research was published Wednesday in the journal PLOS ONE.