Researchers at the Primate Research Center in Davis examined three-year-old rhesus monkeys that had been exposed as newborns to high levels of air pollution caused by wildfires burning around Northern California in 2008. The study shows that the monkeys, who were living outdoors at the time of the fires, were less able to fight off infectious diseases than animals born after the fires.
Lung development in rhesus monkeys and humans is very similar. The study is the first to show that particulate matter has a direct impact on primate immune system function.
The research suggests that exposure to particulates early in life could result in decreased lung capacity and lowered immunity persisting into adulthood.
The project manager for the downtown Sacramento Kings arena project says the massive construction project poses many challenges.
California ranchers are bouncing back after the drought forced many of them to sell their livestock last winter. Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton talks to two ranchers she visited last year to see how they're doing.
More birds affected by a 'mystery goo' in the San Francisco Bay area have been released to the wild.
As the drought continues, some farmers are changing the way they water their crops and use the land. Some of the newest conservation technology is on display at this week's Colusa Farm Show.
Thousands of wine enthusiasts are gathering in downtown Sacramento this week at the nation's largest wine and grape tradeshow. Experts highlighted "sustainability" as a growing trend in the industry.