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



Last Build Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 17:22:41 -0800

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Political spending of AIDS nonprofit takes heat from critics

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 05:30:00 PST

Good morning. It’s Friday, Feb. 24, and here’s what’s happening across California:

TOP STORIES

A new kind of politicking

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation is a philanthropic empire that’s on the ground in 38 countries. But in recent months the organization has become known for the kind of activism...

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Did the drought contribute to severe flooding in San Jose? Officials search for answers

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 21:50:00 PST

For five long, drought-plagued winters, Mother Nature refused to refill Coyote Creek. Foliage filled its dry bed, and without regular rains, the vegetation remained in the creek rather than being flushed out to sea.

Then an epic winter of rain hit Northern California, and the dry creek suddenly...

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Most of California is out of the drought

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:05:00 PST

A year ago, some Californians thought this day would never come.

But, after being battered by weeks of record-setting rain, the vast majority of the state is out of drought.

According to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report, less than 20% of the state faces any drought conditions and no place in...

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Scott Pruitt tries to calm a rattled EPA workforce

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:40:00 PST

Democrats pick liberal stalwart Tom Perez to lead the party Feb. 25, 2017, 4 p.m. A look at President Trump's administration and the rest of Washington: Trump says he won't go to annual White House Correspondents' dinner Democrats pick former Labor Secretary Tom Perez to lead the party out of the...(image)



Wet winter has improved Colorado River basin's water forecast, but the drought endures

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 11:55:00 PST

California is not the only place in the West confronting startling amounts of rain and snow.

Drought conditions have declined substantially across the region in recent weeks, with heavy storms replenishing reservoirs and piling fresh powder on ski resorts.

Yet there is one place where the precipitation...

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After bruising battle, climate change skeptic Scott Pruitt confirmed to lead EPA

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:35:00 PST

President Trump’s nominee to run the Environmental Protection Agency, a climate change skeptic who has for years been an ardent critic of the department he will now lead, got final Senate approval Friday after a prolonged assault from environmentalists.

The nomination of former Oklahoma Atty. Gen....

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After bruising battle, EPA nominee Scott Pruitt confirmed by Senate

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:34:00 PST

Democrats pick liberal stalwart Tom Perez to lead the party Feb. 25, 2017, 4 p.m. A look at President Trump's administration and the rest of Washington: Trump says he won't go to annual White House Correspondents' dinner Democrats pick former Labor Secretary Tom Perez to lead the party out of the...(image)



In Somalia, famine is looming and families with no food or water are leaving their land

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 03:00:00 PST

In Somalia, the farm animals are dying. The water holes have dried up. The crops have failed.

With no food, water or money, people are trudging off their land, taking the long, dry walk to the nearest town to look for help.

A two-year drought —  the worst since the 1970s in hard-hit northern Somalia...

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Damage to Oroville Dam's spillway worsens as officials consider emergency measures

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 14:55:00 PST

As millions of gallons of rushing water continued to pound and erode the massive Lake Oroville Dam spillway on Friday, dozens of onlookers gathered on a nearby hillside to catch a glimpse of the muddy spectacle. 

"I've never seen it like this, ever,” said Charles Wing, an Oroville bricklayer. “And...

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Inside the frantic fight to protect Oroville dam, nation's tallest, as spillway rapidly erodes

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 11:00:00 PST

Oroville Dam is the center of California’s massive water project, which sends water collected from the Sierra Nevada north of Sacramento south to cities and farms.

It’s an epic engineering project that now faces a crisis.

What is the problem?

Flow from heavy rains has damaged the reservoir’s spillway...

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Trump's travel ban suffers a defeat in court

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 05:30:00 PST

Good morning. It’s Friday, Feb. 10, and here’s what’s happening across California:

TOP STORIES

Court won’t reinstate travel ban

A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has refused to reinstate President Trump’s executive order blocking travelers from seven mostly Muslim nations...

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San Joaquin Valley continues to sink because of groundwater pumping, NASA says

Thu, 9 Feb 2017 19:40:00 PST

California’s San Joaquin Valley continues to sink at an alarming rate because of groundwater pumping and irrigation, according to a new study by NASA. 

Ground levels in some areas have dropped 1 to 2 feet in the last two years, creating deeper and wider “bowls” that continue to threaten the vital...

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Despite epic rain and snow, California keeps emergency drought restrictions in place

Wed, 8 Feb 2017 19:05:00 PST

California’s snowpack is at 184% of average for this time of year. Cities from San Francisco to Los Angeles have recorded their highest rain levels in years. Rockslides and flooding hit Northern California.

And the spillway of the state’s massive dam at Lake Oroville, once a symbol of the state’s...

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'Atmospheric river' slams California again as state decides whether to keep drought restrictions

Tue, 7 Feb 2017 18:10:00 PST

The “atmospheric river” returned with a vengeance Tuesday to Northern California, where snow piled up in the Sierra Nevada and coastal riverbanks were overwhelmed, flooding rural towns.

It’s at least the third major storm series to hit the region since the beginning of the year, building Sierra...

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Utah is the land of ski runs, pristine parks and a really bad smog problem

Thu, 2 Feb 2017 16:45:00 PST

The air hung heavy in the valley like damp, dirty cotton balls stagnating in a frigid bowl.

It’s winter in Salt Lake City, and as smog is prone to do, it settled in for a spell this week. Some people walking downtown wore surgical masks. Schools kept kids inside during recess. A few folks headed...

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Trump's EPA pick poised to survive Senate fight, but his brewing battle with California will be harder to win

Thu, 2 Feb 2017 11:10:00 PST

Democrats pick liberal stalwart Tom Perez to lead the party Feb. 25, 2017, 4 p.m. A look at President Trump's administration and the rest of Washington: Trump says he won't go to annual White House Correspondents' dinner Democrats pick former Labor Secretary Tom Perez to lead the party out of the...(image)



Trump's EPA pick poised to survive Senate fight, but his brewing battle with California will be harder to win

Thu, 2 Feb 2017 10:30:00 PST

President Trump’s nominee to run the Environmental Protection Agency survived a rancorous committee vote Thursday, putting him on the path to full Senate confirmation and a confrontation with California.

Scott Pruitt, who oil and gas companies are betting will help them reassert dominance over...

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California snowpack reaches 173% of average, replenishing a third of state's 'snow-deficit'

Thu, 2 Feb 2017 08:55:00 PST

Snowfall from a series of blizzard-like storms that blanketed the Sierra Nevada last month deposited the equivalent of more than 5.7 trillion gallons of water along the rugged mountain range — enough water to fill California’s largest reservoir more than four times, according to recent analysis.

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GOP senators bypass Democrats to move Trump EPA pick ahead

Thu, 2 Feb 2017 08:11:00 PST

Democrats pick liberal stalwart Tom Perez to lead the party Feb. 25, 2017, 4 p.m. A look at President Trump's administration and the rest of Washington: Trump says he won't go to annual White House Correspondents' dinner Democrats pick former Labor Secretary Tom Perez to lead the party out of the...(image)



The surprising link between air pollution and Alzheimer’s disease

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 18:50:00 PST

With environmental regulations expected to come under heavy fire from the Trump administration, new research offers powerful evidence of a link between air pollution and dementia risk.

For older women, breathing air that is heavily polluted by vehicle exhaust and other sources of fine particulates...

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Human nature makes it easier to deny climate change than to confront it

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 05:00:00 PST

At one point in the Senate hearing to confirm Oklahoma Atty. Gen. Scott Pruitt as head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders asked the nominee to share his personal views about climate change. Pruitt, a longtime ally of the oil industry and bane of the EPA, repeatedly...

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In a major improvement, nearly half of California is no longer in a drought

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 08:25:00 PST

Continued rain and snow across California has lifted nearly half of the state out of drought, according to an analysis released Thursday. 

Just over 51% of California remains in “moderate” to “extreme” drought, the U.S. Drought Monitor reported. By comparison, more than 95% of the state was listed...

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Standing Rock may be the first battle site in Trump’s war on the environment

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 05:00:00 PST

The fledgling Trump administration has effectively declared war on environmental protection.

On Tuesday, President Trump signed executive orders that took the first steps toward reversing two Obama administration rulings against oil pipeline projects. One of those rulings, by the State Department,...

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In six months, L.A. went from high and dry to wet and wild. Here's how it happened

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 05:00:00 PST

At the end of June, Los Angeles had recorded its driest five-year period since record-keeping began almost 140 years ago.

The announcement seemed like an ominous milestone, especially after an El Niño-fueled weather pattern that was supposed to drench the region had failed to materialize.

But just...

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Arnold Schwarzenegger no fan of Trump's pick to lead the EPA

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 15:32:00 PST

President Trump announces Neil Gorsuch as his nominee for Supreme Court Jan. 31, 2017, 5:58 p.m. This is our look at President Trump's administration and the rest of Washington: Trump's Supreme Court pick is Neil Gorsuch Homeland Security secretary says countries on banned list "may not be taken...(image)