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California again leads list with 6 of the top 10 most polluted U.S. cities

A new report has released details on the most and least polluted cities in the United States based on data from 2013 to 2015. USA TODAY<p>California's smoggy reputation appears to be deserved: Six of the USA's 10 cities with the worst air pollution are in the Golden State, according to a new …

Environment

Sunken pleasure: California will need mountains of sand to save its beaches

Up to two thirds of SoCal’s sandy shores may erode by 2100 without extra human help<p>Southern California’s beaches are an essential part of the state’s identity. The sandy, blond shorelines are like Hollywood or the towering redwoods—iconic. They are also an important piece of California’s more than …

Climate Change

California governor: We won't 'bring stupid lawsuits' against border wall

California Gov. Jerry Brown said in an interview that aired Sunday that California will "fight very hard" against President Donald Trump's proposed border wall, but will not "bring stupid lawsuits" to the table.<p>During an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press," Brown told host Chuck Todd that "if …

Meet the Press

Schwarzenegger knocks down Senate rumors

Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the subject of buzz about a possible return to politics, told his fans on Facebook Sunday that his first mission will be to work on redistricting reform — not the U.S. Senate.<p>Schwarzenegger was inundated by press inquiries last week after POLITICO …

Official: Calif. faces $50B price tag for flood control

WASHINGTON (AP) — California faces an estimated $50 billion price tag for roads, dams and other infrastructure threatened by floods such as the one that severely damaged Oroville Dam last month, the state's natural resources secretary said Wednesday.<p>Nearly 200,000 people living near the country's …

Water

California demands details of Trump administration immigration arrests

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California legislative leaders on Monday demanded detailed information from the Trump administration on immigration arrests and raids in the most populous U.S. state, amid growing concern that agents are targeting non-criminals for deportation.<p>Citing reports that …

Why California's eroding coast is a problem – and what the government can do

El Niño brought unprecedentedly powerful waves to the Pacific Coast in 2015-2016, while droughts starved beaches of sediment, according to a new …

California is not 'out of control,' leaders tell Trump

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California leaders pushed back on Monday against President Donald Trump's claim that the state is "out of control," pointing to its balanced budget and high jobs numbers in the latest dustup between the populist Republican and the progressive state.<p>The state's top …

Think States Alone Can’t Handle Sea Level Rise? Watch California

Last March, a paper by a geoscientist named Rob DeConto came out in <i>Nature</i>. And as far as geology papers go, it was a big deal: It outlined a new …

Global Warming

Californians are calling for a split from the US — but one secessionist group has odd ties to Russia

The tweets began within hours of President Trump's victory on November 8.<p>"We'll just take our avocados and legal weed and go#CalExit," one person tweeted.<p>"#Calexit I'm all in for this! We're basically in our own little world anyway. And let's elect #BernieSanders as our supreme leader!" another …

As the White House changes course on climate change, California stubbornly presses forward

With cheese and shrimp cocktail piled on their plates, guests strolled the exhibit like patrons at an art gallery, sipping beer and pausing to ponder the displays that lined the room. But instead of paintings or sculptures, they were examining scientific charts about climate change at a state …

State of State speech: Jerry Brown takes on Trump administration

SACRAMENTO — California must prepare for uncertain times ahead in light of “disturbing” rhetoric and actions during the first days of President Trump’s term, Gov. Jerry Brown said in his annual State of the State speech Tuesday.<p>Brown said he read through previous speeches and was struck by what the …

California

Proposal would establish California as separate nation

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Another attempt is underway to establish California as a separate nation.<p>Election officials announced Thursday that a proposal has been submitted to the Secretary of State's Office that would ask voters to repeal part of the state constitution that declares California an …

California governor defiant in face of Trump agenda

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown forcefully defended California's efforts to curb global warming, protect immigrants and expand health care, vowing in his State of the State address Tuesday to fight the Trump administration if it tries to roll back the state's accomplishments.<p>"California …

Climate
Weather

More Californians dreaming of a country without Trump: poll

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - The election of Republican businessman Donald Trump as president of the United States has some Californians dreaming - of their own country.<p>One in every three California residents supports the most populous U.S. state's peaceful withdrawal from the union, according to …

California Senate confirms Democrat Becerra as attorney general

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - The California Senate on Monday confirmed U.S. Congressman Xavier Becerra as attorney general, positioning the majority-Democrat state to challenge conservative policies of new Republican President Donald Trump.<p>Becerra, who represented Los Angeles for 24 years in …

Why Russia Loves the Idea of California Seceding

Once again, Moscow is winking at a long-shot breakaway movement in the U.S.<p>On a sunny late September day, a trio of tourists gathered on Moscow’s Red Square. Well-dressed, carrying a Russian flag, the visitors bunched in front of the Kremlin’s walls to snap a selfie. Like so many others before, the …

Peter Thiel considering bid for California governor

The outspoken Silicon Valley billionaire and Trump supporter has been discussing a prospective run with advisers.<p>Peter Thiel, the Silicon Valley billionaire and outspoken Donald Trump supporter, is considering a 2018 bid for California governor, according to three Republicans familiar with his …

California's Devastating Drought Conditions Are Starting to Lift

The severe drought that left California parched for five years has finally started to lift in more than a third of the state this week following …

Drought

The flooding in California won't end its three-year drought

We’ll have to wait and see<p>California is usually drenched with sunlight. But this week, it's just drenched. A series of storms have pummeled the state, dropping staggering quantities of rain and snow—leading to flooding, mudslides, and a whole lot of water pouring into reservoirs that were just …

Drought

California Republican challenges state's hiring of Eric Holder to fight Trump policies

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - A California Republican state lawmaker is challenging the legality of a move by Democrats in the legislature to hire former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to help in any legal battles with President-elect Donald Trump's administration.<p>Assembly member Kevin Kiley …

Donald Trump
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California, at Forefront of Climate Fight, Won’t Back Down to Trump

LOS ANGELES — Foreign governments concerned about climate change may soon be spending more time dealing with Sacramento than Washington.<p>President-elect Donald J. Trump has packed his cabinet with nominees who dispute the science of global warming. He has signaled he will withdraw the United States …

California Gets Ready To Defy Trump's Washington

With Donald Trump set to become president next month and Republicans in control of both chambers of Congress, California's Democrats believe their state should take the lead in opposing the new administration's priorities.<p>And they have no interest in calls for national unity.<p>"We must be defiant …

Government

California governor: 'If Trump turns off the satellites, California will launch its own damn satellite'

In a fiery speech, California Gov. Jerry Brown lashed out against President-Elect Donald Trump on climate change and reports that his administration would shutter some NASA earth science programs.<p><b>Follow BI Video:</b> On Twitter

Jerry Brown Blasts Donald Trump’s Proposed Attack On Climate Science: 'We're Ready To Fight'

“If Trump turns off the satellites, California will launch its own damn satellite."<p>California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) told scientists on Wednesday that he would protect climate research in his state, even as President-elect Donald Trump presents retrograde ideas and proposals to quash studies on the …