In a reversal that has outraged environmentalists, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced it will not penalize a Southern California wind operator if its turbines kill or injure one California condor.
Valley fever, a respiratory infection spread by fungal spores that live in soil, has been diagnosed in 28 workers at two San Luis Obispo solar project construction sites. The stricken workers were employed at the California Valley Solar Ranch and Topaz Solar Farm, which occupy the arid Carrizo Plain in the eastern part of the county.
The news for grandiose blooms of wildflowers this spring has not been looking great so far. The poppy fields in Antelope Valley remain brown. It's sluggish at Carrizo Plain. And so on and on. But at Wind Wolves Preserve...
Following State Senator Michael Rubio's surprise resignation a special election will be held to fill his seat. Many will be watching to see if this coveted seat changes party hands and Democrats lose their supermajority in the state senate.
The North Sky River Wind project, which attracted fierce opposition from environmental groups concerned about potential threat to eagles and California condors, was the site of a golden eagle death in January.
The operator of a proposed wind turbine facility near the city of Mojave got the thumbs-up for its project from Kern County supervisors, but only on the condition that there's a way to monitor California condors and shut down turbines if the birds come too close.
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