An insect found in Ramona has been positively identified as the red bug Scantius aegyptius, native to the Mediterranean, the San Diego County Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures said Wednesday.
Every once in a while a study reveals something new that makes perfect sense when you think about it. A recent example: a survey conducted by researchers for the San Diego-based Center for Sustainable Energy found that California homeowners who've shelled out for rooftop solar panels are far more likely to be interested in energy conservation.
The U.S. Forest Service has issued a tentative decision on its controversial plan to log tens of thousands of acres of forest burned in 2013's Rim Fire, and that decision will not please wildlife preservationists.
Quite a few mammals have gone invasive after being introduced to California, some of them destructively so. And when it comes to just plain old damage to the landscape, it's hard to top the destructive power of California's population of introduced wild pigs.
| Photo: Don McCullough/Flickr/Creative Commons License A program designed to control the population of wild pigs causing environmental damage by scrounging for food in San Diego's backcountry was unanimously approved this week by the county Board of Supervisors. According...
The California Energy Commission will be plowing millions of dollars into building almost 500 more electric car charging stations throughout the state, along with an assortment of other alternative energy programs.
Whether they're native to California or some other place, animals deserve to be treated with compassion and respect. Sadly, that doesn't always happen. And that's why animal sanctuaries exist: to give animals who are neglected or mistreated a chance to live out their lives in comfort, with adequate food, protection, and veterinary care.
While other websites celebrating Endangered Species Day are concentrating on the big and dramatic, we thought we'd celebrate by mentioning a few species that aren't big and flashy and glamorous. They're beautiful, but they don't flaunt it.
The agency that operates the electrical power grid for most of California forecasted last week that the state was in good shape for summer even without the San Onofre nuclear power plant and with drought making significantly lower output from hydroelectric stations. This week seems to be underscoring that confidence, with solar power is supplying more than ten percent of California's power demand Wednesday afternoon.
A southern California mouse species once feared extinct has some good news to share: its numbers are increasing... at least in captivity. A litter of four Endangered Pacific pocket mice was born at the San Diego Zoo this past weekend, with another litter expected this weekend.
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