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With climate change going unchecked, insurance costs will rise

Although there are some folks who remain skeptical of Climate Change, the folks who make a living providing us with insurance are not. Insurance companies are already being impacted by the significant amount of destruction a warming world is causing.

California wildfires — Can we learn a lesson from the past?

Drought and abnormally dry conditions now cover 100 percent of California, up from 26 percent one year ago - making the state a literal tinderbox. The Camp Fire in Butte County is now ranked as one of the deadliest wildfires in U.S. history.

Public Safety Power Shutoff not warranted said PG&E during fire

On November 8, two hours before the deadly Camp Fire erupted in Butte County, California, The National Weather Service issued a "Red Flag Warning" for the region.

At least 44 people have died in destructive California wildfires

Fueled by blustery winds and parched vegetation, two massive fires burning in California both grew overnight, even as exhausted firefighters worked to extend containment lines. Today, the winds are expected to return.

Small team leads harrowing search for California fire victims

Chico - A small team searching for victims of one of California's deadliest fires happen upon a man lying face down between two ash-covered pickup trucks. His body and clothes seem intact, aside from hideous burns around his calves."You never get used to it.

Tales of courage, survival emerge from California wildfires

Paradise - As firefighters battled the devastating California wildlfires for a seventh day on Wednesday incredible tales were emerging of courage and survival.

Death toll jumps to 25 as California battles wildfires

Powerful winds are expected to sweep through California on Sunday, exacerbating three major fires that have killed at least 25 people, destroyed thousands of homes and displaced hundreds of thousands of residents.

It's not forest management that's making wildfires so dangerous

The ferocity of the wildfires on either end of California have never been seen before in the state's history. While hundreds of thousands of people have fled the flames and thousands of homes have been destroyed, don't blame it on poor forestry practices.

Trump tweets on Calif. wildfires? 'I may yank federal payments'

President Donald Trump early on Saturday said “gross mismanagement of forests” is to blame for two unchecked wildfires burning in California, where nine people have been killed and hundreds of thousands forced to evacuate.

PG&E will replace three gas plants with world's largest batteries

Sacramento - The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on Thursday approved four energy storage projects for Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) to replace retiring gas generators, including two batteries that would be the largest in the world.

Wildfire ravages California town of Paradise as residents flee

Paradise - A late-season wildfire ravaged the town of Paradise in northern California overnight, forcing its nearly 27,000 residents to flee for their lives, officials said.

Explosive California wildfire wipes out town of Paradise

Paradise - A fast-moving wildfire has ravaged a Northern California town - sending residents racing to escape on roads that turned into tunnels of fire while thick smoke darkened the daytime sky.

Camp Fire in Northern California is already visible from space

Paradise - Tens of thousands of people in northern California were ordered to evacuate a fast-moving wildfire that exploded in size Thursday to over 8,000 acres in Butte County.

Cannabis equity in California aims to level the playing field

On September 27, Governor Jerry Brown signed the California Cannabis Equity Act. In many ways, the act recognizes the failed efforts of the war on drugs and the devastation cannabis criminalization had on minority and underserved communities.

Op-Ed: Trump dives headfirst into California’s water policy on Friday

Scottsdale - President Trump dived headfirst into one of California’s most contentious fights Friday, signing a memorandum intended to divert more water to farmers and “reduce regulatory burdens” that include protections for endangered species and environmental

Power shut off in some parts of California over wildfire fears

Sacramento - Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) purposefully shut off electricity to nearly 60,000 customers Sunday night, in fear that predicted wind speeds could fuel another wildfire in Northern California.

SpaceX to attempt rocket landing on California soil tonight

SpaceX will loft an Earth-observation satellite and attempt its first-ever rocket landing on California soil tonight, with the launch scheduled for 10:21 p.m. EDT. There will also be an attempt to "catch" the payload fairing using Mr. Steven.

California board says 'No' to EPA freeze on new car emissions

Sacramento - At its meeting on Friday, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) officially confirmed that it will stick with planned increases in emissions and fuel economy standards for cars sold in the state.

Companies in California required to have female board members

Los Angeles - A new law requires major companies in California to have at least one woman on the board. This applies to such big tech firms as Apple, Google and Facebook.

Kaskade to play New Year's Eve show in San Francisco, California

San Francisco - On September 27, it was announced that world renowned DJ and producer Kaskade will be performing a special New Year's Eve concert at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California.

Rough waters for California's not so public beaches

Santa Cruz - The sandy cove along California's picturesque coast beckons visitors to what is supposed to be a public beach. But the imposing gate, the security guard and the annual $100 access fee tell a different story.

California to limit use of plastic straws in restaurants

Los Angeles - California restaurants will soon stop providing plastic straws unless customers explicitly ask for them, under a new law signed on Thursday by the state's environment-friendly governor.

Op-Ed: Farmers lose 'right to repair' their John Deere equipment

The "right to repair" movement suffered a serious setback this month when the California Farm Bureau Federation let the state's farmers down by signing a watered-down agreement with John Deere lobbyists.

At Climate Summit, China and California work to get around Trump

While Hurricane Florence approached the North Carolina coast on Wednesday, California Governor Jerry Brown convened the global summit on fighting climate change in San Francisco.

Hippie Sabotage to play shows in California this winter

Electronic duo Hippie Sabotage will be performing shows in Southern California this winter, in addition to their "Lost California" Tour.

California Climate Summit will 'take ambition to the next level'

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed two measures designed to push the state to 100 percent renewable electricity and so-called carbon neutrality by 2045. This action is a call to arms as Brown hosts the Global Climate Action Summit this week.

California commits to 100% clean electricity by 2045

Los Angeles - California Governor Jerry Brown signed landmark legislation Monday committing his state to a 100 percent clean electricity grid by 2045.

California commits to 100% clean electricity by 2045: governor

Los Angeles - California Governor Jerry Brown signed landmark legislation Monday committing his state to a 100 percent clean electricity grid by 2045.

Wildfire that closed key California highway explodes in size

Redding - The massive Delta fire that forced the shutdown of a 14-mile stretch of Interstate 5 in Northern California this week continues to grow, and the major north-south artery is expected to remain closed until at least Sunday, authorities said.

California's climate policies are a roadmap for others to follow

California has played a vital role in climate and energy policy for decades and is already a global climate policy leader. If Senate Bill 100 is passed, it will be the most important climate law in US history.
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Virginia s glass case with Christmas lights
Virginia's glass case with Christmas lights
Rocky fire burning in Lake County on July 30  2015.
Rocky fire burning in Lake County on July 30, 2015.
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A map showing the subsidence of the San Joaquin Valley in California. The more yellow the color  the...
A map showing the subsidence of the San Joaquin Valley in California. The more yellow the color, the larger the sinking of the land. Some areas around Corcoran have subsided by nearly 2 feet (60 centimeters) in little more than a year.
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Readers' Books shop owner Andy Weinberger was very pleased with the turn out for Catherine Sevenau's book launch. Sevenau's writing echoed some of the 1960's, Weinberger also recalled that time. "If you were a young person then (and who wasn't) there was a certainty in your heart that you were riding the crest of an unstoppable wave. Our music (we thought) contained all the truth we'd ever need. You might not know where things were headed, but still the times they were a-changin', as Bob Dylan
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John King s latest book is at bookstores now and can be purchased through Amazon.com
John King's latest book is at bookstores now and can be purchased through Amazon.com
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For more than two weeks  artist Kathryn A. Lewis has been setting up her painter s easel and paint p...
For more than two weeks, artist Kathryn A. Lewis has been setting up her painter's easel and paint palates to capture the fall colors of the vineyards of Sonoma, CA.
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Point Reyes Light Station, Gulf of the Farallones on Point Reyes in Marin County, California, U.S.A.
Anna Bimenyimana is the owner and manager of Bon Marche.  In French  Bon Marche  means good bargain ...
Anna Bimenyimana is the owner and manager of Bon Marche. "In French 'Bon Marche' means good bargain," she said.
One of the many pieces Aimee Golant has made.
One of the many pieces Aimee Golant has made.
Courtesy of metal artist Aimee Golant
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My friend Virginia's cozy mountain kitchen at Christmas
Chic Lotz has been a ceramic artist and teacher for over 30 years. She has traveled the country prov...
Chic Lotz has been a ceramic artist and teacher for over 30 years. She has traveled the country providing workshops and classes about glazing, which has become her specialty.
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A Christmas view of Highway 38 near Big Bear in the San Bernardino Mountains
A Christmas view of Highway 38 near Big Bear in the San Bernardino Mountains
Skyline at sunset in San Francisco.
Skyline at sunset in San Francisco.
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Brightly painted skulls is one of the many traditional art expressions of The Day of The Dead celebrations in Mexican culture.
David Tafolla, courtesy of SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco
A close up view of Sonoma Mountain was literally in Jack London s backyard. The breathtaking beauty ...
A close up view of Sonoma Mountain was literally in Jack London's backyard. The breathtaking beauty of the park has people from all over the world visiting it, noted Van Wyk. Jack London was perhaps the first world celebrities of his day.
Chef Hubert Keller at the Fleur de Lys Restaurant in San Francisco circa 1986.
Chef Hubert Keller at the Fleur de Lys Restaurant in San Francisco circa 1986.
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A view of the Oakland, California skyline
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A San Francisco Police Department cruiser on Market Street.
A San Francisco Police Department cruiser on Market Street.
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Steve K. Ostram was among the many people remembered this past Nov 1, 2016 at the Day of the Dead remembrance and celebration at the Sonoma Community Center. He died this past April of 2016 after years of declining health due to exposure to 'Agent Orange' while serving in Vietnam.
Tapestries  textiles and much more will be part of the 45th annual KPFA Arts and Crafts Holiday Fair...
Tapestries, textiles and much more will be part of the 45th annual KPFA Arts and Crafts Holiday Fair this coming Dec. 20 & 21.
Beppe Sabatini, via courtesy of KPFA