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A 'floating fillet': Rice farmers grow bugs to replenish California's salmon

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Insect-rich floodplain water once supported the threatened fish, but it has been diverted. The project's end goal is to improve the likelihood that Chinook survive the trek to the ocean and back.

Sorry, adults, no new neurons for your aging brains

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The brains of birds and mice continue to produce new nerve cells in the hippocampus throughout life. But research now suggests the human brain stops doing this around adolescence.

21 tech companies band together against wildlife trafficking

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The effort involves tech leaders such as Alibaba, Baidu, eBay, Facebook and Instagram who have pledged to try to reduce trafficking across their platforms by 80 percent by 2020.

'My world was burning': The North Bay fires and what went wrong

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A five-month KQED investigation into what happened the first night of the October conflagration finds communication failures, system breakdowns and delays in evacuation orders.

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Here's what that last storm did for California's water supply

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Before last week's storm, this year's winter was on track to be the warmest and driest on record.

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New report predicts rising tides, more flooding

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The report, obtained by NPR, shows that so-called "sunny-day flooding" may be a regular occurrence in some areas.

Environmentalists cheer for Sonic's new burger

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On Monday, you'll see two new items on the fast-food chain's menu. Environmentalists say they could help save the planet.

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From almonds to rice, climate change could slash California crop yields by 2050

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An analysis of nearly 90 studies finds warming temperatures may alter where key crops grow across the state, which provides around two-thirds of America's produce.

How to drive safely in the Southern California rain

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A storm descending on Southern California was forecast to drop up to 3 inches of rain from Thursday night into Friday morning. To help you weather the storm, we've remixed some previous tips (and friendly reminders) for SoCal commuters.

California spent nearly $1.8B fighting major 2017 wildfires

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Nearly $1.5 billion was spent fighting fires and recovery in the North Bay in October, including debris removal and infrastructure repair, according to state officials.

Plan looks to close the LA River when bacteria spikes

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The city wants to strike a balance between encouraging recreation on the L.A. River while protecting the health of people who boat and fish.

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JPL is sending a giant ear into space to listen to the insides of Mars

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For the first time, scientists are trying to get a snapshot of the Red Planet's interior, and they're doing it with the first landing probe to Mars in six years.

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Snow coats Southern California's mountains and high desert

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The cold and unstable storm arrived overnight with bouts of hail and rain, sometimes heavy, and left a coat of white on mountain ranges east of Los Angeles and southward through the interior of San Diego County.

Malibu bans single-use plastic straws, cutlery

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Mayor Rick Mullen has said it's an effort to stop plastic pollution at the source so it doesn't reach Malibu's beaches and the ocean.

LA County isn’t doing enough to protect people living near oil wells

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To protect against loud noises, odors and noxious fumes, oil wells should be five times farther from homes and schools than they currently are, a new study finds.

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After a wildfire, who pays to clean smoky indoor air?

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Public health agencies are set up to regulate air pollution from cars, trucks and factories. Wildfire smoke presents a different set of threats.

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