Environment / Science

California Dept. of Water Resources

Appeals panel halts long-term Delta water contracts

The ruling stems from a dispute involving the delta smelt and is welcomed by environmentalists seeking to protect the tiny fish that are the length of your finger.

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California Drought News: Poll reveals divide on drought's causes

Respondents are divided over whether inefficient water use is to blame. A majority favors relaxing environmental restrictions to divert more water to human uses.

Pat Leiggi (right) of the Museum of the Rockies prepares to move a leg bone of the T. rex at the Smithsonian's Natural History Museum in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.

T. rex treks to Washington for a shot at fame

The Smithsonian is set to unpack something it's never had before: a rare, nearly complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton.

California Drought News: Napolitano and other things that fly

New UC president Janet Napolitano takes an aerial tour of areas hit hard, bats have a tougher time making their journey and more drought news.

Blood Moon: Did you see the lunar eclipse? If not, here's the video

The view was great across much of the Americas early Tuesday as the moon turned red during a total lunar eclipse. If you missed it, the next one comes on Oct. 8.

SpaceX rocket launch to International Space Station delayed (updated)

The Dragon spacecraft will be loaded with almost 5,000 pounds of supplies and science experiments for the International Space Station.

Blood Moon: How and where to view the lunar eclipse

We've got full details about how, when and where to view the total eclipse of the moon on Monday night, as well as a Q&A with KPCC science reporter Sanden Totten.

SpaceX tries to break into the spy satellite industry

SpaceX wants to send spy satellites into orbit. It's a lucrative business opportunity, but before they can get there they have plenty of problems to overcome.

Wind advisory issued for Southern California

The National Weather Service says the advisory is in effect through 2 p.m. Monday for mountain and valley sections of Los Angeles and Ventura counties. In Orange County, the advisory is set for foothill regions.

California Drought News: Red-hot wells, and purple pipe green

The Central Valley sends ravens with news, but it's news that sure sounds like strategies and tactics southern California has heard before.

Pitzer College, Robert Redford announce plan to 'go fossil-free'

The move makes Pitzer the first college in Southern California to commit to climate divestment, and the largest endowment in higher education to do so to date.

Air regulators up efforts to shutter Exide's Vernon plant

Pointing to almost two dozen recent violations of lead standards, the AQMD seeks to stop maintenance work at the already-closed Exide Technologies plant in Vernon.

LA developing building safety rating system for earthquakes (Update)

Mayor Garcetti announced plans for a rating system to evaluate a building's seismic safety and said he will develop a mandate for retrofitting older buildings.

'Blood Moon' eclipse throughout North America starts Monday

The "Blood Moon" lunar eclipse peaks late Monday or early Tuesday, depending on your time zone. It begins a so-called tetrad of four eclipses occurring roughly six months apart.

California Drought News: Fracking, flying and pricing

Friday's news reminds us that there are winners and losers in the drought - some of whom you wouldn't guess at, like birds near a naval air station.

Scientists look at icy moons in search of alien life

A growing body of research suggests icy moons around Saturn and Jupiter may be the best candidates for finding life beyond Earth