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Southern California storms expected to continue into next week, National Weather Service says

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 14:40:00 PDT

Southern California’s soggy week will continue Friday with another rainstorm that is expected to stretch into the weekend, the National Weather Service said.

A storm that is expected to drop about a quarter-inch of rain along the coast and up to three-quarters of an inch in the local mountains...


Border Patrol agents say Tijuana River pollution is making them sick, and officials want it fixed

Tue, 6 Mar 2018 07:45:00 PST

With health complaints continuing from Border Patrol agents who work the polluted areas of the Tijuana River Valley, the federal Customs and Border Protection agency is quietly trying to solve some of the problems of toxic sewage flows from Mexico — on its own.

The agency posted a notice on a federal...


EPA chief's clean-water rollback shaped by secrecy, luxury travel and handpicked audiences

Fri, 2 Mar 2018 03:00:00 PST

As Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt jetted around the country last year, regularly flying first or business class at hefty taxpayer expense, his stated mission was often a noble one: to hear from Americans about how Washington could most effectively and fairly enforce the Clean...


Shhh! The back story of EPA chief Scott Pruitt's highly secret, on-and-off, official non-visit to Israel

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 15:15:00 PST

At the start of every month, the Israeli Foreign Ministry sends journalists a list of scheduled official visits.

On Jan. 1, the name of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt appeared. He was expected from Jan. 26-28.

Those dates came and went, with no Pruitt and no explanation...


Humanity will need to make some drastic changes if it wants to keep the 'good life' going

Mon, 5 Feb 2018 12:35:00 PST

Bad news, Earthlings: It may be possible for everyone on the planet to live a “good” life. It may also be possible for humans to live within their environmental means.

But if present trends continue, there will be no way for both of these things to happen at the same time.

That’s the bleak — if...


California wants more electric cars. The Trump administration doesn't. Automakers are in the hot seat

Fri, 2 Feb 2018 08:00:00 PST

An intensifying clash between California and Washington over getting cleaner, more fuel-efficient vehicles on the road has put auto companies in a bind as they contemplate what cars they should be rolling onto showroom floors.

The signals to automakers couldn’t conflict more: California, with the...


44% of California is now experiencing moderate drought conditions, report says

Thu, 1 Feb 2018 13:25:00 PST

California is rapidly plunging back into drought, with severe conditions now existing in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties — home to one-fourth of the state's population — a national drought monitor said Thursday.

The weekly report released by the U.S. Drought Monitor, a project of...


Groups call for investigation of EPA inaction at Torrance refinery

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 15:35:00 PST

After federal inspectors uncovered what they reported to be serious hazardous waste violations at the Torrance refinery, the incoming Trump administration chose not to pursue them, dismaying the team that visited the facility.

Now, environmental groups are calling on the Environmental Protection...


Lake Forest hottest spot in U.S. as January heat wave breaks records, broils Southern California

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 17:50:00 PST

Monday brought a second day of record-setting temperatures across Southern California as a January heat wave made winter feel a lot more like summer.

Numerous spots around the region hit new highs for the day, including Long Beach (91), LAX (89) UCLA (89), Santa Ana (88), Newport Beach (85), and...


No one seems to want to run Trump's EPA in California

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 05:45:00 PST

Perhaps it is unsurprising that the White House still hasn’t filled this job: San Francisco is not an inviting place for the Make America Great Again administration.

But the administration’s effort to fill one of its most important environmental jobs — chief of the Environmental Protection Agency’s...


Today: Immigration — the Path, the Politics and the Personal

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 05:00:00 PST

After being criticized for shifting his position on the so-called Dreamers, President Trump will propose a path forward.


Immigration — the Path, the Politics and the Personal

President Trump has left for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to rub elbows with the “globalist...


White House promises this shutdown 'will look very different.' Will it?

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:55:00 PST

The government shutdown is fast becoming an unwelcome and costly staple of American democracy. After the last prolonged closure delivered a substantial hit to the economy and created hardship and frustration for millions, lawmakers vowed never again.

And yet, here we are again.

The Trump administration...


In Cape Town, 'Day Zero' is coming very soon — the day the water runs out

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:00:00 PST

Cape Town, South Africa’s second-largest city, is facing its worst drought in a century, with its water supply expected to run dry April 21.

They’re calling it “Day Zero.” In this city of 4 million, people will have to line up in the streets at just 200 water stations. The police and army will...


2017 was one of the three hottest years on record, NASA and NOAA scientists say

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:30:00 PST

Even without the help of El Niño, 2017 was a top-three scorcher for planet Earth.

Global temperatures last year were the third-highest since scientists began keeping records in 1880, according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Measurements from NASA placed it even...


One year in, Trump's environmental agenda is already taking a measurable toll

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:30:00 PST

A massive coal ash spill near Knoxville, Tenn., in 2008 forever changed life for Janie Clark’s family and left her husband with crippling health problems. So Clark was astounded late last year when she heard what the Environmental Protection Agency had done.

In September, at the behest of power...


Today: The Trump EPA’s Light Touch on Heavy Polluters

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 05:00:00 PST

The Trump administration’s environmental agenda is already taking a measurable toll.


The Trump EPA’s Light Touch on Heavy Polluters

Some call it industry-friendly regulation. Others call it abandonment of duty. The Trump administration’s approach to the environment is markedly different...


Elephants, lions and other wild animals are exquisitely sensitive to the effects of war

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 13:00:00 PST

A little exposure to armed conflict can lead to a lot of problems for wild animals like elephants, lions, giraffes and other large mammals, new research shows.(image)

EPA must tighten rules on lead inside homes to protect children from poisoning, court rules

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 17:45:00 PST

After years of delay, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must propose tighter limits on the amount of lead allowed inside homes within 90 days to protect children from the hazards of lead paint, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.

In a 2-1 ruling, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals...


L.A.'s increasingly hot and dry autumns result in 'these near-apocalyptic fires'

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 04:00:00 PST

For weather experts, autumn in Southern California is “the great race.”

The severity of the fall fire season is often determined by what arrives first — the fierce Santa Ana winds or the rains.

This year, however, it’s been no contest. Autumn has seen excruciatingly little rain, intensely low humidity,...


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 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 range...


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)