Eco News

Batteries R Us

Tesla S electric car parked in Santa Cruz. Hilltromper photo.

Feb. 26, 2013—A Bay Area partnership is launching a 'Battery University' to make extra sure you never have to push your Tesla S home.

Local Group Helps Win Endangered Species Battle

Island Night Lizard. Photo courtesy of US Navy.

Feb. 22, 2013—The island night lizard, listed as “threatened” on the Endangered Species List, is thriving for the first time in decades, thanks in part to the Santa Cruz-based group Island Conservation.

Chu: Budget Stalemate Could Cripple Clean Energy Efforts

Dr. Steven Chu — Energy Secretary. Photo by Charles Watkins/Energy Department.

Feb. 19, 2013—The Obama Administration’s outgoing energy secretary says the so-called sequestration could seriously impede the nation’s efforts to shift to a sustainable energy economy.

Political Science: Happy Darwin Day!

Charles Darwin, a great man of science, finally gets a day dedicated to him.

Feb. 12, 2013—As nature nerds and their allies celebrate the birthday of Charles Darwin, the man who made the most important scientific breakthrough of all time, a bill in Congress seeks to make Feb. 12 a national holiday.

Killer Kitties

Black cat looks up from eating a bird on a carpet. Photo by Mark Marek.

Jan. 30, 2013—Is Fluffy's feline tribe an invasive species laying waste to native animal populations? Definitely—and a new study shows the carnage is much worse than previously thought. Read more.

High-Tech Gray Wolf Roams NorCal

OR-7 gives his best "Blue Steel" look. Photo by Gary Kramer from Fish & Wildlife Svc.

Jan. 6, 2013 — He’s the Magellan of the wolf world—a young male gray wolf who left his northern Oregon home territory to light out for southern climes, defying his species' behavioral norms and confounding state and federal authorities.

Land Trust Buys Star Creek Ranch

Overhead view of Star Creek Ranch by Land Trust of Santa Cruz County. Photo credit: William K Matthias.

Dec. 20, 2012—A stunning 1,200-acre piece of grassland, oak woodland and redwood forest in the Pajaro Hills will remain forever undeveloped, anchoring a greenbelt in eastern Santa Cruz County and filling in a crucial wildlife corridor—and it's all thanks to the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County.

Capitola Bans Plastic Bags

Dec. 14, 2012—The Capitola City Council put Cuteness-by-the-Sea on track last night to become the third city in Santa Cruz County to ban single-use plastic bags. The last holdout is Scotts Valley.

Go-Pro Goes Deep

GoPro diver swims among his fishy friends.

In maybe the coolest commercial ever, GoPro—which until last year was headquartered in Half Moon Bay—shows off its dive camera.

Bald Eagle Pair Gone Missing

Bald Eagle seen in a fir tree in March of 2012. Photo by Sarah Lenz.

Bird enthusiasts are worried that the first nesting pair of bald eagles seen on the San Francisco Peninsula in nearly a century has pulled up stakes.

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