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L.A. Times - Environment

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

Last Build Date: Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:42:48 -0800

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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...


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)

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...