The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to protect a vanishing California songbird by listing it under the Endangered Species Act, but a national bird protection group says that doesn't go far enough.
California's Central Valley is a bad place to be a frog, according to a study published Monday: frogs living in the Valley's remaining wetlands are more likely to have stunted, missing, or extra limbs than their counterparts in most other parts of the country.
California's third-largest county is a lot shorter on dark skies than it used to be, but it does still offer a number of places where you can get away from the lights and see the Universe, including one of the best in Southern California.
With two California condors found dead in firefighters' "dip tanks" west of Tehachapi in the past month, condor experts from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are working with the Kern County Fire Department to see if there's any way to prevent future mortalities.
If you've spent time at night in the Kern County portion of the California Desert in the last few years, you've seen them: that ever-multiplying galaxy of bright red warning beacons atop wind turbines.
The 900-acre Catalina solar power plant in the Mojave Desert section of Kern County is completed. The plant's owner EDF Renewable Energy announced this week that the 143-megawatt plant has "reached commercial operation."
The upscale Sacramento suburb of Roseville will buy electrical power from a solar facility more than 260 miles south of the city, in a Kern County town more readily known for oil wells than solar fields.
Imagine setting aside several months of your life, free from the rat race, free from the daily commute, free from paying the bills, free from the oppressive bonds of daily commitments, and trading it all for discovery and adventure.
A 450-megawatt solar project may break ground as early as next year at Edwards Air Force Base in the western Mojave Desert. The project, now undergoing environmental review, would sell power to utilities outside the military base.
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