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Blizzard gives Hawaii summits a White Christmas

Some people in Hawaii are dreaming of a White Christmas. A blizzard warning is in effect for the summits of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa on the Big Island of Hawaii. The National Weather Service says up to 8 inches of snow could accumulate.  
Martinez: The allure of John Muir endures, 100 years after his death
At a John Muir House gathering Friday, it was evident the famed environmentalist continues to inspire, even as some question whether his philosophies remain relevant 

Berkeley hills site a haven for endangered native plants
The Regional Parks Botanic Garden, within Tilden Regional Park's Wildcat Canyon, has many rare native specimens, such as the Santa Lucia fir, the false lily-of-the-valley, and the Antioch dunes evening-primrose, the only source of food for the Lange's metalmark butterfly.  

'Punk rock' snail named after Clash's Joe Strummer by Monterey Bay Aquarium researchers
Deep sea snails living in the dark, hot and acidic environment around hydrothermal vents are pretty punk rock, scientists have concluded. 

Extremely high tides hit California coast
A natural coast rhythm around the winter solstice is bringing the year's highest tides to California shores.  

Sausalito: Mudslide blocking lanes of Highway 101
The California Highway Patrol this morning has issued a Sig-alert for northbound U.S. Highway 101 in Sausalito due to a mudslide. The mudslide occurred near the Alexander Avenue off-ramp. 

UCSC art and science researchers partner to save Joshua tree
To save the Joshua tree, a desert plant in peril, UC Santa Cruz art research associate Geoffrey Thomas imagines a future with seed-spreading tarantula robots and genetically-engineered giant sloths.  

Political Blotter: New campaign highlights how clean-energy laws benefit poorer communities
A Bay Area nonprofit's new campaign highlights how California's climate-change and clean-energy laws bring jobs and savings to communities of color and low-income neighborhoods. 

Storms expose rare fossils on Pacific Coast beaches
The storms that struck California this month have led to the discovery of fossils on beaches and mountains along the Pacific Coast that date back anywhere from 5,000 to 10 million years, according to a news report.  

Leave it to beavers: California joins other states in embracing the rodent
Californians are crossing their fingers for more rain after three punishing years of drought have left streams, rivers and wetland parched. One animal has the potential to restore these dry landscapes.