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



Last Build Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2017 23:03:09 -0800

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

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 15:32:00 PST

Trump signs orders pulling out of Pacific trade deal, freezing government hires Jan. 23, 2017, 6:12 p.m. This is our look at President Trump's administration and the rest of Washington: Trump formally pulls U.S. out of Trans-Pacific Partnership Group challenges Trump's business holdings as violation...(image)



Widespread flooding, mudslides, evacuations as biggest storm in years batters California

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 20:55:00 PST

The third in a series of powerful winter storms unleashed a deluge in Southern California on Sunday, flooding numerous roads and freeways, setting new rainfall records and stranding some in dangerously rising waters.

Forecasters had predicted this storm would be the strongest and several years,...

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L.A.'s rainfall since Oct. 1 — more than 13 inches — has been 216% of normal

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 20:09:00 PST

Storm slams Southern California: Expect more flooding and thunderstorms Jan. 23, 2017, 1:58 p.m. Forecasters said the weekend storm was the strongest in several years. It set new rainfall records on Sunday and caused widespread flooding after several hours of sustained, pouring rain. Key info Rain...(image)



As California goes from drought to deluge, a dangerous old foe returns: mudslides

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 05:00:00 PST

Through five years of severe drought, El Capitan Canyon above the Pacific Ocean near Goleta endured bone-dry conditions that at times seemed like they would never end.

Then, on Friday, the skies opened up. Nearly 2 inches of rain dropped in a single hour in the Santa Ynez Mountains. 

So a creek...

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Fearing climate change databases may be threatened in Trump era, UCLA scientists work to protect them

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 16:45:00 PST

On a rainy Inauguration Day morning, dozens of students, archivists, librarians, professors and other concerned citizens gathered in a UCLA classroom, poring over the Department of Energy website. They sifted through pages covering a broad spectrum of topics, from energy-efficient buildings and...

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Heavy rain prevents Obama from landing in Palm Springs; causes mudslides, flooding across region

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:30:00 PST

Southern California was battered Friday by the second of three big winter storms, causing mudslides and flooding, and forcing authorities to rescue people trapped at a flooded beachside campground and at a homeless encampment. The storm lingered into the evening, but an even more powerful weather...(image)



Will California still be able to regulate auto emissions under Trump?

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 05:30:00 PST

Good morning. It’s Thursday, Jan. 19, and here’s what’s happening across California:

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Smog check

Donald Trump’s pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency cast doubt on whether California should continue to have power to impose its own emission rules for cars and trucks, an authority...

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On an Apache reservation in Arizona, a toxic legacy and a mysterious history of chemical spraying

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 03:00:00 PST

The sound always came first, a low buzz that grew and grew until it roared through the valley. Then the olive-colored plane appeared overhead, flying low. In its wake was a thick shower of oily droplets making a long, slow fall to the forested gullies below.

Kids on the Apache reservation back...

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Trump's EPA pick casts doubt on California's power to regulate auto emissions

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:45:00 PST

Donald Trump’s pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency cast doubt on whether California should continue to have power to impose its own emission rules for cars and trucks, an authority the state has enjoyed for decades that is also the cornerstone of its efforts to fight global warming.

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Trio of storms to bring dangerous surf and 6 inches of rain to Southern California

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:15:00 PST

A trio of storms now headed for Southern California will bring dangerous surf, strong winds and up to 6 inches of rain by early next week, according to the National Weather Service.

The storms are similar to those that rocked Northern California recently by flooding rivers, blocking mountain passes...

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EPA pick Scott Pruitt repeats doubts about climate science and attacks on the agency he is expected to head

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:18:00 PST

Trump signs orders pulling out of Pacific trade deal, freezing government hires Jan. 23, 2017, 6:12 p.m. This is our look at President Trump's administration and the rest of Washington: Trump formally pulls U.S. out of Trans-Pacific Partnership Group challenges Trump's business holdings as violation...(image)



EPA pick Scott Pruitt has repeatedly fought the agency he is now seeking to run

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:00:00 PST

Trump signs orders pulling out of Pacific trade deal, freezing government hires Jan. 23, 2017, 6:12 p.m. This is our look at President Trump's administration and the rest of Washington: Trump formally pulls U.S. out of Trans-Pacific Partnership Group challenges Trump's business holdings as violation...(image)



After 'pretty extraordinary' snowfall, Sierra Nevada braces for another battering from atmospheric river

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 20:50:00 PST

Across the Sierra Nevada this weekend, residents and officials are assessing the damage from a series of powerful storms before a new round from the atmospheric river arrives next week.

Some homes in northern Sierra communities have been left without power for more than a week because of this week’s...

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Call it the Southern California drought. Rain and snow end Northern California water woes

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:25:00 PST

What was once a statewide drought this week became a Southern California drought.

A week of powerful storms has significantly eased the state’s water shortage, pulling nearly all of Northern California out of drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

The  report underscores what...

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California drought gets a dramatic decrease

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 10:41:00 PST

Storm slams Southern California: Expect more flooding and thunderstorms Jan. 23, 2017, 1:58 p.m. Forecasters said the weekend storm was the strongest in several years. It set new rainfall records on Sunday and caused widespread flooding after several hours of sustained, pouring rain. Key info Rain...(image)



U.S. Drought Monitor: Well over 30% of the state is no longer in a drought

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 08:07:00 PST

Storm slams Southern California: Expect more flooding and thunderstorms Jan. 23, 2017, 1:58 p.m. Forecasters said the weekend storm was the strongest in several years. It set new rainfall records on Sunday and caused widespread flooding after several hours of sustained, pouring rain. Key info Rain...(image)



Is the great California drought finally ending?

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 07:40:00 PST

The state’s biggest reservoirs are swelling. The Sierra Nevada have seen as much snow, sleet, hail and rain as during the wettest years on record. Rainy Los Angeles feels more like London than Southern California.

So is the great California drought finally calling it quits?

Yes. Or at least maybe....

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L.A. lands the George Lucas museum

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 05:30:00 PST

Good morning. It’s Wednesday, Jan. 11, and here’s what’s happening across California:

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Force in L.A.

Score a big one for Los Angeles. George Lucas’ personal collection of fine and popular art, including ephemera related to his “Star Wars” franchise, will fill a futuristic-looking new...

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Weeks of rain are rapidly reviving California's drought-ravaged lakes

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 05:00:00 PST

Leaning against a wooden rail, environmental activist Geoffrey McQuilkin took stock of a parched geological wonderland that had been altered by a weekend deluge.  

The air was still thick with moisture, and this lake’s tributaries were cascading down from surrounding mountains, swollen by cargoes...

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Chesapeake Bay is healthier than before, but still gets C- in new report

Sat, 7 Jan 2017 16:30:00 PST

The Chesapeake Bay is healthier today by nearly every measure, with upticks in blue crabs and striped bass, record levels of underwater grasses and the clearest water in years.

That's the upshot of a two-year "2016 State of the Bay" report from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation about the vast estuary...

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How California went from drought to dangerous rain and snow

Fri, 6 Jan 2017 10:35:00 PST

After years of dry conditions, California is getting its winter back. A series of storms over the last month have dumped feet of snow and rain in some parts of Northern California. And Southern California had its wettest December in several years. Heavier precipitation in the north of the state...(image)



With snow piling up in the Sierra, what will it take to end California's drought?

Wed, 4 Jan 2017 05:00:00 PST

The resort town of Phillips high in the Sierra Nevada has long been a barometer of California’s drought.

Snow measuring station 3 in the El Dorado County town was where Gov. Jerry Brown came in April 2015 to announce major drought restrictions, using the dry, snow-less landscape as a stark backdrop.

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Today: Out of the Swamp Fight, Into the Obamacare Fire. Getting Old Isn't for the Faint of Heart.

Wed, 4 Jan 2017 05:00:00 PST

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.

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Out of the Swamp Fight, Into the Obamacare Fire

Telephone lines lighted up. Social media went agog — well, more than usual. Donald Trump tweeted his displeasure. In...

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State water officials are optimistic despite 'gloomy' California snowpack survey

Tue, 3 Jan 2017 14:45:00 PST

Snowpack in the resort town of Phillips, Calif., measured just 53% of the seasonal average on Tuesday, but water officials said there was still reason for optimism as the state enters its sixth year of drought. 

Standing in 3 feet of snow at the El Dorado County measuring station, Frank Gehrke...

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Avalanche warnings as Sierra hit by major snowstorm; 4-5 feet expected this week

Tue, 3 Jan 2017 10:20:00 PST

Higher elevations of Northern California were hit by heavy snowfall overnight, prompting avalanche warnings, as the region braced for a week of intense weather.

The National Weather Service said it expected 4 to 5 feet of snow in some Sierra areas and encouraged drivers to avoid mountain roads....

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