Environment / Science

Drought: We could be recycling gray water right now—why aren't we?

While California had the first law on the books permitting home water recycling, homeowners have been slow to adopt it. That may be changing.

State to remove some rodenticides from store shelves

"Second generation anticoagulant" rodenticides are effective killers of rats and mice. Unfortunately, they also impact raptors, coyotes, bobcats and mountain lions.

Drought: What options are there for weathering the water crisis?

California is in one of the worst droughts in years. What are the challenges facing the state and its water agencies and infrastructure? KPCC asked the experts.

California's warmest winter on record comes to a close

This was also one of the state's driest winters with average temperatures more than four degrees above normal.

Eureka! Huntington opens Archimedes exhibit with old text and new puzzle

He ran naked through the streets yelling “Eureka.” He was the greatest thinker of ancient times. Now Archimedes is at the Huntington, with ancient wisdom and a new puzzle.

California Drought News: State pulls back on zero ag water stance

State water officials are pulling back on their stance to supply only water for drinking and sanitation purposes.

Drought puts new focus on proposed desalination plant in Huntington Beach

A company that wants to build a desalination plant in Huntington Beach plans to resubmit a permit request to the California Coastal Commission later this year.

Malibu High School soil will be tested for contaminants

Testing will look for pesticides, PCBs, metals and volatile organic compounds. Teachers and parents have pushed for the tests for months.

Climate change: New study focuses on tropical Pacific Ocean

Researchers have analyzed thousands of years of data in a region of the Pacific near Indonesia that plays a big role in climate throughout the world.

California Drought News: Cheaper desalination and other bids for water independence

Tuesday's drought roundup says, "Not unless it's made of bees." Confused? Read on.

Space thief or hero? One man's quest to reawaken an old friend

In the 1980s, NASA engineer Robert Farquhar came up with a sly plan to divert the ISEE-3 satellite from its original path to visit a comet instead.

Calif. drought: Frowny faces help conserve water

Peer pressure works in getting people to use less water: one public utility in California is getting people to conserve water with some neighborly competition.

Scientists announce a Big-Bang breakthrough

Researchers say they have found direct evidence of a mysterious and ultrarapid expansion of the universe in the first sliver of a second after the Big Bang.

UCLA scientists find shortcut to estimating a river's volume

UCLA researchers have found a new way to understand a river’s volume without stepping into it, a move that has implications for risk and water managers worldwide.

California Drought News: Making money on water

Would you believe some people used MORE water last month? Monday's drought news will upend your deeply held convictions...and offer business opportunities.

LA County officials prepare to empty storm basins above Glendora

Debris basins that line the foothills catch mud, trees, even boulders during a heavy storm, sparing the homes below.