California Drought

Brown Administration Proposes More Digital Billboards Along California Freeways

Once a rare sight, electronic billboards that flash new ads every few seconds have sprouted up by the hundreds along California freeways in recent …

California

Proposed first-ever tax on water got the demise it deserved

It’s 2018, not 1918, and the idea that an estimated 360,000 California residents don’t have access to clean, safe water in their homes is both …

Donald Trump

Swimming pool chemicals create gas cloud, sending dozens to hospitals

Dozens of people, including children as young as 6, were exposed to a dangerous mixture of pool chemicals Thursday in Northern California, officials said.<p>At least 35 people were exposed to the combination of pool chemicals muriatic acid and chlorine, creating a gas cloud at the neighborhood Shadow …

Environmental Health

The Latest: Portugal joins Brown climate change pact

The Latest on a visit by Portugal's prime minister to California (all times local):<p>11:45 a.m.<p>Portugal has officially joined an international …

Climate

Is LA losing its marine layer?

New study finds that Southern California’s cloud cover has dissipated by as much as 50 percent since 1970<p>There’s a new culprit in Southern California’s fire season: clouds. Or more precisely, the lack of them.<p>Clouds across Southern California’s coastal region are disappearing at an alarming rate, …

Climate Change

Voters will decide whether to break California into three states in November

If ballot measure passes, LA would be part of a much smaller California<p>It’s official: California voters will decide later this year whether to divide the state into three new states, tentatively called Northern California, Southern California, and California.<p>Secretary of State Alex Padilla …

California

Myers et al. 2018: Cloud feedback key to marine heatwave off Baja California

Publication Abstracts<p>Myers et al. 2018<p>Myers, T.A., C.R. Mechoso, G.V. Cesana, M.J. DeFlorio, and D.E. Waliser, 2018: Cloud feedback key to marine …

Baja California

LA's high-tech, thoughtful water management is cause for cautious optimism about adapting to climate change

Southern California is almost totally dependent on Sierra snowpack and the Colorado River for its water, and both sources are endangered by climate …

Climate Change

New ‘fire hydrant’ for water-dropping helicopters tested in O.C., could cut response times in remote areas

With fire season heating up in the region, firefighters on Monday unveiled a new “fire hydrant” for helicopters that could drastically reduce …

Orange County

Wildfire investigation puts powerful California electric utility on the hot seat

California fire investigators refer PG&E cases to district attorneys' offices.<p>California state fire authorities concluded that electric power …

Environmentalism

River Sweeps Away LA Man In Sequoia National Park

The death of a 36-year-old Los Angeles man was the first drowning at Sequoia National Park this year.<p>LOS ANGELES, CA — A Los Angeles man was killed …

California

Climate: Less Fashionable but Still Crucial

Many studies demonstrate that in large parts of the world people are already living close to their heat tolerance limit.<p>In “Climate Change Has Run Its Course” (op-ed, June 5), Steven Hayward argues that climate change has run its course as a policy issue, partly because environmentalists have …

Climate Change

Hot summer ahead brings increased fire risk to Southern California

Say goodbye to the gloomy weather we’ve had the past few weeks and break out the bathing suits — summer is setting up to be a scorcher.The National …

Weather

Earth's dismal water future, mapped

Satellite data and images are provocative, even disturbing. They confront us with a global view that can be at once breathtaking, like a piece of art, and yet, in this era of rapidly changing climate, they paint a picture of the demise of the environment. How and if we will respond to what we see …

Women's Basketball

Children's Pool Beach Closures Are Legal, Appellate Court Says

The decision was the latest round in a long saga of conflict between would-be beachgoers and environmentalists.<p>SAN DIEGO, CA -- A San Diego ordinance …

California

I Wasn't Going to Speak Today

JavaScript is disabled<p>You need to enable JavaScript to use SoundCloud<p>I Wasn't Going to Speak Today’s tracks<p>Isaac Nittenberg by I Wasn't Going to …

Northern California

San Diego officials remind residents of upcoming water rate increase

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diego city officials are reminding residents of an upcoming hike to their water rates.<p>Starting Aug. 1, city water rates will …

San Diego

CDC Issues Salmonella Threat Warning For Backyard Chicken Flocks

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Federal health officials Friday issued a warning about the threat of contracting Salmonella from backyard chicken flocks, a …

Environmental Health

How Republican John Cox Can Win California, by David Henderson

One word: water.<br>This bill [AB 1668] would require the State Water Resources Control Board, in coordination with the Department of Water Resources, to …

Water

Tooth Toughener

Munch, munch, munch <i>ouch!</i> Not another cavity!<p>This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science.<p>Cavities are a pain. To slow their formation, we …

Dental Care

Environmentalists seek less plastic use by restaurants in Newport

The Sierra Club hopes Newport Beach restaurants will cut their use of single-use plastic utensils and food and drink containers to help keep the nonbiodegradable items out of the ocean.<p>Hoiyin Ip of the environmental group’s Angeles chapter pitched the city’s Water Quality and Coastal Tidelands …

Newport Beach

Probe finds PG&E power lines sparked deadly 2017 California wildfires

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A dozen of the wind-driven blazes that swept northern California's wine country last fall, killing 46 people in the deadliest firestorm in state history, were sparked by PG&E-owned power lines, state officials said on Friday.<p>The California Department of Forestry and Fire …

Environment

Report Finds Record-Breaking Coastal Flooding Around the U.S.

In California, San Diego established itself as the state's coastal flooding hotspot with a record‐breaking 13 days of coastal flooding.<p>The agency …

Global Warming

Hitting the beach should be cleaner this summer — as long as you avoid these sandy stretches

Some good news (and then some not so good news) for those hitting the beach this summer: A relatively dry year has meant much cleaner beaches — particularly in Southern California, according to Heal the Bay’s new Beach Report Card.<p>The annual survey of more than 450 beaches across the state, …

California

Garcetti Pledges Carbon Neutral Los Angeles by 2050

5 hours ago<p>LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti today set a goal of the city achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050, an increase …

Climate

Low rainfall means cleaner beach water in California

An annual "Beach Report Card" concludes low rainfall in California is resulting in less runoff and cleaner water along the coast.

California

O.C. Water District delays vote on desalination project’s rate sheet

The Orange County Water District delayed voting Wednesday on updated terms for buying water from the proposed Huntington Beach desalination plant.<p>Board members wanted more time to review the rate plan and gather additional community feedback on an updated rate sheet, which was made public Friday …

Water

Southern California already supports the Delta tunnels. But now it's voting again

A historic vote on the Delta tunnels project is getting a do-over.<p>Southern California's powerful water agency — the Metropolitan Water District of …

Southern California

Gov. Brown Worried About Fallout From Quitting Paris

His promised coal renaissance sputtered. Rollbacks of environmental protections are tangled in court. Even automakers aren't on board for his push …

Climate

LADWP wants to replace dirty coal power plant with cleaner natural gas. Why it's still controversial

<i>A lump of coal.</i>Sharon McNaryLos Angeles has been cutting back on burning fossil fuels for electricity.It’s on track to get one-third of its power …

Natural Gas