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'We need to be out here': Thousands march in downtown L.A. to support science in the Trump era

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 19:15:00 PDT

Dressed in long sleeves and a sensible safari hat, Dr. Diane Brown carried a sign that read, “My patients need science because lupus is not cured, juvenile arthritis is not cured … CANCER is not cured!”

Brown, a rheumatologist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, said she hadn’t attended any marches...


You can now use the outdoor showers at state beaches again

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 14:55:00 PDT

Sand- and salt-caked beachgoers, rejoice: The California Department of Parks and Recreation is lifting its two-year ban on outdoor shower use at many state beaches.

In the face of a statewide drought, officials ordered that outdoor showers be shut off indefinitely at 38 California beaches — many...


There's fear that the EPA's request for a court delay may lead to dirtier air

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 15:55:00 PDT

When the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency adopted a stricter smog limit in 2015, forcing states to reduce emissions, many people were disappointed.

At the time, the agency reduced the ground-level ozone standard to 70 parts per billion, down from the 75-ppb standard adopted in 2008 under the...


From extreme drought to record rain: Why California's drought-to-deluge cycle is getting worse

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 04:00:00 PDT

California’s climate has long been dominated by cycles of intense dry conditions followed by heavy rain and snow.

But never before in recorded history has the state seen such an extreme drought-to-deluge swing.

Experts and state water officials say California is seeing more of these intense weather...


Energy Star ratings are cheap, effective and popular. Why does Trump want to kill them?

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Commercial real estate giant CBRE is always on alert for shifts in federal government policy that might impact its vast property management and investment business.

But the Los Angeles-based Fortune 500 company never anticipated an effort to eliminate a voluntary, cost-effective initiative that...


Essential California: 'It feels like we go from one tragedy to another'

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 05:30:00 PDT

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Wednesday, April 12, and here’s what’s happening across California:


San Bernardino grieving, again

The tragedy on Monday was horrible by itself. But the murder-suicide at North Park Elementary School, which killed...


Scott Pruitt undermines the EPA with anti-scientific ignorance

Fri, 7 Apr 2017 05:00:00 PDT

Donald Trump’s foreign policy and legislative agenda may be a confused mess due to amateurism, impulsiveness and understaffing, but his administration’s attack on the environment is operating with the focus and zeal of the Spanish Inquisition. Led by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, the Trump team...


This is how states will fight Trump's energy order

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Donald Trump’s plan to bring an abrupt halt to America’s crusade against climate change will test California and other states like never before as they seek to wrest control of the nation’s energy future from a hostile White House.

The energy plan Trump unveiled on Tuesday left no doubt that the...


Today: The Russia Probe — Accusations, Deflections and Trump’s Tweets

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 04:55:00 PDT

I'm Davan Maharaj, editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles Times. Here are some story lines I don't want you to miss today.


The Russia Probe: Accusations, Deflections and Trump’s Tweets

California Reps. Adam Schiff and Devin Nunes have held the top positions on the House Intelligence Committee...


Trump to dismantle Obama's landmark climate effort

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 20:00:00 PDT

President Trump on Tuesday will order the Environmental Protection Agency to dismantle his predecessor’s landmark climate effort, backing away from an aggressive plan to cut emissions at power plants that had been the foundation of America’s leadership on confronting global warming.

The work of...


U.N. warns of famine in Africa and western Asia as it seeks billions of dollars to prevent catastrophes

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:00:00 PDT

In a race against time to prevent four famines in Africa and western Asia, the U.N. and its humanitarian agencies need to raise $5.6 billion, fast.

The United Nations had raised just $90 million — 2 cents for every dollar it needs to provide food for those most in need — by the end of February,...


Trump’s budget plan for NASA focuses on studying space, not climate change

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 20:25:00 PDT

NASA missions to the surface of Europa, a nearby asteroid and the atmosphere above our own planet would be cut from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s portfolio under the White House budget proposal released Thursday.

But one of JPL’s signature programs, the Mars 2020 mission to send a sample-collecting...


Trump's 'hard power' budget makes sweeping cuts to EPA and State Department, boosts defense spending

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 14:40:00 PDT

President Trump released a spending plan Thursday that would slash programs across government with a machete to pay for sharp increases in the military, veterans’ health and the construction of a wall along the southwest border.

On the chopping block: billions of dollars in research aimed at fighting...


These are the 19 agencies Trump would stop funding entirely

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 09:40:00 PDT

Here’s a snapshot of the mission and history of the 19 independent agencies President Trump said he would stop funding entirely under his “budget blueprint.” Trump’s proposal also calls for deep cuts in other agencies and departments, including the Environmental Protection Agency and the State...


The fall of L.A.'s 'Teflon sheriff'

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 05:30:00 PDT

Good morning. It’s Thursday March 16, and here’s what’s happening across California:



Lee Baca, the once powerful and popular sheriff of Los Angeles County, was found guilty Wednesday of obstructing a federal investigation into abuses in county jails and lying to cover up the...


What will it mean to get rid of the 'administrative state'? Trump’s first budget will offer a glimpse

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 03:00:00 PDT

President Trump’s chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, asserted a bold goal recently, sounding as if he were pitching a plot of an action thriller: “deconstruction of the administrative state.”

Thursday, as Trump releases his first budget, Americans will get a wider glimpse of what exactly that...


Trump budget would reignite California's financial strains

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 21:05:00 PDT

President Trump’s budget would deliver a painful financial blow to California, with the potential to push a state that has struggled for years to keep its books balanced back into the kind of red ink that consumed it after the housing market collapse a decade ago.

The only solace state and local...


Trump wants to shelve fuel mileage rules, inviting a fight with California

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 13:10:00 PDT

President Trump directed the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday to shelve aggressive vehicle fuel economy targets that have been a foundation for battles against climate change and harmful pollution in California and across the country.

The move attacks one of the Obama administration’s...


After intense public anger, Republicans waver over slashing Obama-era action on methane gas

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 04:00:00 PDT

As Republican lawmakers consider how closely to align with the climate skepticism and fossil fuel fervor radiating from the White House, a nascent clean air initiative that energy firms want scrapped is fast testing their comfort zone.

Weighing on them is 41 billion cubic feet of methane, a greenhouse...


California is having its rainiest water year on record, lifting many out of drought conditions

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 16:25:00 PST

California is having its rainiest water year since record-keeping began in 1895 — a deluge that has been rapidly altering the landscape of a state that until recently was in drought.

It has rained an average of 27.81 inches statewide from Oct. 1 to Feb. 28, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric...


After its rainiest winter on record, L.A. braces for heat

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 15:55:00 PST

After months of uncharacteristically soggy weather across the Southland, Mother Nature will bring more unusual weather this weekend., the National Weather Service said.

Temperatures Sunday and Monday are expected to climb into the upper 80s, a full 20 degrees warmer than average for downtown Los...


EPA chief: Carbon dioxide not primary cause of warming

Thu, 9 Mar 2017 08:56:00 PST


What's at stake as the GOP moves to slash regulations? For starters, clean air

Thu, 9 Mar 2017 03:00:00 PST

Amid the Republican backlash against federal scientists who write rules governing everything from movie theater popcorn to offshore oil drilling, stories abound of overburdened businesses, heavy-handed civil servants and crushing paperwork.

But another story, one involving a deadly household material,...