The Trump administration’s move to start rewriting a plan for vast tracts of Southern California desert lands could have long-term repercussions for renewable energy production and wildlife conservation.
California air pollution often conjures images of smoggy Los Angeles skies, but farms—not city streets—might be the actual culprits behind the state’s air pollution.
Hope everyone enjoyed California’s drought-free year because dry conditions are back in a big, bad way.
In early December, the Thomas Fire erupted in Southern California. By the time it was fully contained some five weeks later, it had upended the lives of thousands of people. It also affected countless wild animals, including two bears that suffered severe burns on their paws.
Navajo Nation member Mario Atencio has seen the ways oil and gas can divide people. His cousins work for the industry out in New Mexico, and his grandmother lives in the unincorporated town of Counselor, not far from Chaco Canyon in the northwest corner of the state.
Life has not been idyllic in Southern California as of late. Drought, wildfires, and most recently mudslides have upset the balance of a region renowned for its warm, sunny vibe. Climate change has played at least some role in these disturbances, and models predict its influence will only grow in coming decades. Los…
Straws are becoming controversial. Long overlooked as a waste source, perhaps because of the way they defy categorization, single-use straws are now drawing the ire of the environmental community, and policymakers are starting to take note.
When it rains it mudslides. That, at least, is the saying in California this week, as the aftermath of one of the state’s worst fire seasons converges with some of the state’s first big rains in nearly a year.
On Wednesday, California scientists walked up into the mountains in search of snow. What they found were mostly barren, brown meadows, and the world’s saddest snow surveying plot.
Last winter may have been one of the wettest in California’s history, but you wouldn’t know it today. Especially not if you’re in Southern California, where it hasn’t really rained since October.
Southern California’s Thomas fire is now officially the largest in modern state history, Cal Fire announced late Friday night, after surpassing the 273,000-plus acre Cedar fire from 2003.
Wildfires in California have continued to ravage large portions of the state, with the Thomas fire in southern California now entering its 13th day and claiming over 267,500 acres of land, CNN reported. The wildfire is now the third-largest in California history and is just 40 percent contained, with over 8,400…
In 10 days since igniting, the Thomas Fire in Southern California has burned through over 242,000 acres, cost more than $55 million, and destroyed nearly 1,000 structures. At only 30 percent contained, it recently became the state’s fourth-largest wildfire on record. Some think it could become the largest ever by the…
The loss of water is associated with making things shrivel, but California’s five-year drought did the opposite to the state’s Sierra Nevada, according to a new study: It caused the mountains to expand.
For more than six years, drought and bark beetles have ravaged California’s forests. Last year, the dead tree count broke 100 million. According to a new analysis from the U.S. Forest Service, it’s now up to 129 million.
If devastating wildfires sweep across California again next year—not unlikely considering even Governor Jerry Brown has called it the “new normal”—the hardest hit may not be eligible for the same support as they are this year, thanks to the GOP’s fast-moving tax bill.
As a firestorm rages across Southern California near the end of one of the state’s worst wildfire seasons, much attention has been drawn to the bright red foam that’s dropped from planes in an effort to slow the fire’s spread. Chemical fire retardant can be an important firefighting tool. But it can also have some…