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L.A. Times - Environment

The latest news from the Los Angeles Times on science and environmental science.

Last Build Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2017 23:22:50 -0800

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Water loss caused Sierra Nevada to grow an inch during California drought, researchers say

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:40:00 PST

The Sierra Nevada mountains grew nearly an inch taller during the recent drought and shrank by half an inch when water and snow returned to the area, according to new research from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge.

Researchers used 1,300 GPS stations throughout the mountain...


Fires, droughts and hurricanes: What's the link between climate change and natural disasters?

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 11:25:00 PST

Hurricanes, wildfires and other natural disasters seem to be getting more severe. Here's how they may be linked with climate change.(image)

Climate scientists see alarming new threat to California

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 03:00:00 PST

California could be hit with significantly more intense and frequent droughts within 20 to 30 years as weather changes triggered by melting polar ice block rainfall from reaching the state. The finding by federal scientists adds an alarming dimension to the state's challenge to confront warming.(image)

Border Patrol agents say they are getting sick from massive Tijuana sewage spill

Mon, 4 Dec 2017 08:30:00 PST

Headaches, rashes, infections, breathing problems.

An increasing number of U.S. Border Patrol agents at the Imperial Beach station have reported a host of health problems since February, when an estimated 143 million gallons of Mexican sewage spilled into the Tijuana River Valley they patrol.



Industries that cheered Trump's climate regulation rollbacks now worry they'll go too far

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 03:00:00 PST

The energy companies and industry groups that successfully pushed the Trump administration to scrap Obama-era action on climate change have a new message for the fossil fuel enthusiasts now calling the shots: Don’t go too far.

It is not clear the administration is listening.

An intensifying debate...


Downtown L.A. records hottest Thanksgiving since 1877

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 17:05:00 PST

As a heat wave stretched across Southern California, downtown Los Angeles hit 92 degrees - the hottest Thanksgiving since record-keeping began in 1877, the National Weather Service said.(image)

Thanksgiving heat wave brings record-setting temperatures across L.A.

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:45:00 PST

Al Sabo lingered in the shade, clutching a bag of pomegranates he’d just bought from the Pershing Square Farmers Market.

It was before noon and already 90 degrees. The sun bore down from a cloudless blue sky, and there was nary a breeze in downtown Los Angeles, where tank tops and sandals reigned.


More ink, less water: News coverage of the drought prompted Californians to conserve, study suggests

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 09:10:00 PDT

What does it take to get Californians to save water during a massive drought? Apparently, a lot of ink and newsprint helps.

Extensive news coverage of the state’s historic drought prompted residents to conserve water, new research out of Stanford University suggests. The more that major newspapers...


Cooler, yet still record-setting temperatures expected as L.A. heat wave lingers

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 07:35:00 PDT

An October heat wave will linger across Southern California on Wednesday as forecasters anticipate another day of record-breaking temperatures slightly lower than the days before.

Wednesday’s highs will run about three to five degrees cooler than Tuesday’s, the National Weather Service said, ushering...


World Series opener could be hottest on record as heat wave scorches Southern California

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 08:25:00 PDT

Santa Ana winds continued to blow across the Southland on Tuesday, bringing another day of record-breaking temperatures, red-flag warnings and what could be the warmest World Series game on record, weather officials said.

At 5 a.m., some cities in Southern California had already topped 90 degrees,...


Climate change already costing the U.S. billions in losses, the GAO says

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 05:00:00 PDT

A nonpartisan federal watchdog says climate change is already costing U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars each year, with those costs expected to rise as devastating storms, floods, wildfires and droughts become more frequent in the coming decades.

A Government Accountability Office report released...


Records fall across region in SoCal heat wave; triple-digit temperatures forecast for World Series

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 17:25:00 PDT

New heat records were set Monday across Southern California as temperatures soared before Tuesday’s World Series opener at Dodger Stadium.

Downtown Los Angeles hit 102 degrees, Long Beach 105, Burbank 101 and Oxnard 104, according to the National Weather Service, all new highs for the day. Other...


'Unusual' late season heat wave to scorch Southern California; dangerous fire conditions expected

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 07:05:00 PDT

A sweltering heat wave will blanket Southern California through the middle of the week, elevating the risk of wildfires and potentially breaking heat records, forecasters said.

The National Weather Service on Monday issued a red flag warning through Wednesday, saying the high temperatures and Santa...


EPA cancels appearance of scientists at Rhode Island event

Sun, 22 Oct 2017 19:37:00 PDT


Smoke from wine country fires leads to 200 canceled flights, hazardous air quality: 'It is basically like living in Beijing'

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 16:10:00 PDT

The deadly fires raging in Northern California have devastated thousands of acres of bucolic wine country and torched thousands of homes, but the damage isn’t limited to the scorched rolling hills north of the San Francisco Bay.

Health officials say the Bay Area is experiencing the worst air quality...


Civil servants charge Trump is sidelining workers with expertise on climate change and environment

Wed, 4 Oct 2017 11:55:00 PDT

Interior Department manager Joel Clement figured his new bosses in the Trump administration might disapprove of his climate-change-focused work protecting Alaskan villages from rising seas.

But the reassignment slip Clement received in June stunned him. He was not only removed from his post as...


Camp Pendleton under consent decree after rats, frogs found in water supply

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 18:25:00 PDT

Camp Pendleton officials swear that the water consumed by 55,000 Marines and their families is safe, despite a pair of scathing state and federal investigations indicating chronic problems in the treatment systems at the sprawling military base.

Water safety inspectors visiting Camp Pendleton over...


U.S. and Mexico may be at odds, but they've reached agreement on managing the Colorado River

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 16:05:00 PDT

The United States and Mexico expanded a long-term agreement Wednesday that will allow both nations to continue using the Colorado River while also pushing more conservation efforts to ensure that water is available during droughts.

The nine-year deal, which expands on a 1944 water treaty between...


Mnuchin, Price and others on Trump's team are flying high with taxpayer money – but where's the outrage?

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 03:00:00 PDT

The Treasury secretary requested a military plane for his European honeymoon. The head of Health and Human Services ran up a six-figure tab flying around the country on private jets. The chief of the Environmental Protection Agency dinged taxpayers for repeated excursions back home to Oklahoma.


EPA removes waste at Texas toxic sites but won't say from where

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 18:00:00 PDT

The Environmental Protection Agency says it has recovered 517 containers of "unidentified, potentially hazardous material" from highly contaminated toxic waste sites in Texas that flooded last month during Hurricane Harvey.

The agency has not provided details about which Superfund sites the material...


L.A.’s palm trees are dying and it’s changing the city’s famous skyline

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:55:00 PDT

Like so many things in Southern California, the palm tree was an import from somewhere else that over time became inextricably symbolic of its adopted home.

But the trees, so identified with the sun-splashed excitement of Los Angeles, are facing a decidedly darker fate. They are dying of fatal...


Six deaths linked to Bay Area heat wave

Fri, 8 Sep 2017 12:30:00 PDT

Six people died from heat-related illnesses amid a record-breaking hot spell that roasted the Bay Area over the Labor Day weekend, officials say.

Those who died were seniors, mostly in their late 70s, 80s and 90s, and nearly all were found in their Bay Area homes, according to coroner’s officials...


In Harvey's wake, frustration over flood's ravages tempered by spirit of solidarity

Sun, 3 Sep 2017 15:15:00 PDT

Storm-tossed Texans pressed ahead Sunday with door-to-door searches for frail and elderly survivors, and accelerated an exodus from evacuation centers where some had sheltered in the wake of the most powerful hurricane to strike the continental U.S. in more than a decade.

As tens of thousands in...


San Francisco sets all-time heat record downtown at 106 degrees during state's hottest recorded summer

Fri, 1 Sep 2017 21:45:00 PDT

In almost 150 years of record keeping, it has never been as hot in San Francisco as it was on Friday.

Amid a brutal heat wave that has broiled California for a week while intermittently knocking out power to thousands and fueling more than a dozen wildfires, downtown San Francisco hit 106 degrees.