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6 things you should know about sunscreen

6 things you should know about sunscreen
By Jeff Maher/News10 Did you know that about 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society? Remember to protect your skin and use sunscreen if you're heading outdoors this Memorial Day. Here are six things to know and consider about sunscreen as summer kicks off: 1. Check labels for the term "broad-spectrum." That means it protects against both the UVA rays which cause wrinkles and cancer as well as the UVB rays which cause burns. 2. Dermatologists say SPF 30 is the new SPF 15. Doctors are now recommending SPF 30 more than SPF 15 because the former blocks 97 percent of UVB rays. 3. Check expiration dates. Sunscreen becomes less effective about three years after you open the container. 4. Apply at least two layers of sunscreen. 5.

Cal Fire warns of severe fire season

Cal Fire warns of severe fire season


AUBURN, Calif. - Cal Fire is warning of what may be a very long and very difficult fire season ahead.

"Over the next couple of months almost all of Northern California's gonna be at an above average potential for large and damaging wildfires," said Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant.

The state has already seen 950 fires, triple the number in an average year. And the state is in the grip of the worst drought in recorded history.

"A lot of the green hillsides up and down the state are really just masking the dead grass that's been sitting there all winter long," Berlant points out.

At the Cal Fire station in Auburn, seasonal firefighters have been in place since the end of January, nearly three months earlier than usual.

Want Shade? Plant a Tree

Want Shade? Plant a Tree

Want more shade next summer — and a cooler home? Plant a tree.

Fall is an ideal time to plant shade trees. The cooler weather and early rain help young trees put down roots and get off to a strong start.

The Sacramento Tree Foundation and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District offer free trees through their Sacramento Shade program. Mature trees can cut home cooling costs during hot summer months by as much as 60 percent.

Flex Alert in effect today

Flex Alert in effect today

The ISO is reminding Northern Californians that a Flex Alert is in effect today, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. Consumers are encouraged to reduce their energy use between noon and 7 p.m., as air conditioners drive peak demand. Read more in the attached news release or click here.

 

Did you see the ring around the sun?

Did you see the ring around the sun?

If you were outside today, you may have noticed a giant ring around the sun. That ring is actually the reflection of ice crystals from high cirrus clouds, according to EarthSky.org

The ring was seen all over the area by News10 viewers, including Roseville and Stockton. Did you get a chance to see it?

Celebrate a Decade of Building Trails with Music and BBQ at the American River TrailFest

Celebrate a Decade of Building Trails with Music and BBQ at the American River TrailFest

 

In 2004, the American River Conservancy embarked on a campaign to build the first multi-use recreational trail system along the South Fork American River. Over the past decade with support from the local community and public agencies, ARC has preserved nearly 3,000 thousand of acres of open space and built over 20 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails near the South Fork.

On Sunday, June 9th, the American River Conservancy hosts the tenth annual American River TrailFest at Earthtrek Expeditions in Lotus, CA. TrailFest is a family-friendly event that features live music, BBQ dinner, microbreweries and local wineries, live and silent auctions, and Kids’ Zone activity tent. This year, the event features a line-up of talented musicians headlined by local favorites, The Rusty Buckets.

American River Conservancy Hosts Open House

American River Conservancy Hosts Open House

A new exhibit, “Watersheds: Human Connections,” is now on display at the American River Nature Center. Located in Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park in Coloma, CA the Nature Center is the education hub of the American River Conservancy (ARC). On Friday, April 12th from 1 to 3 pm, ARC invites the public to attend an open house that showcases the new permanent exhibit.

Funded by a Proposition 84 grant from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, the watershed exhibit uses interpretive panels and interactive displays to educate visitors on California’s waterscape. A 3-D model of the American and Cosumnes River watersheds illustrates the infrastructure – dams, hydroelectric facilities, and canals that are important components in moving water from its source to its users. A large interactive watershed table demonstrates the impact moving water has on a landscape or how erosion impacts a diversity of habitats.