Drought

Climate change alarmists’ prediction about Pacific Northwest now looks embarrassingly bad

During the past decade, a common theme in the research findings of climate alarmists studying California, Oregon, and Washington state has been reduced snowfall. Some alarmists even lamented it could be “the end of snow,” as Porter Fox did for the New York Times in 2014. Yet, despite these extreme …

Climate Change

Stagecoach 2017 gets underway with the Blasters, Justin Townes Earle, Bailey Bryan and Cactus Blossoms

A key question surfaces with the dawn of each new edition of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio: Just what is country music these days? As this year’s installment got underway Friday at the Empire Polo Field just a week after its bigger, older sibling Coachella, a variety of potential …

Music

The snowpack is still massive in May. Watch 5 years of Sierra snow from space

Well into spring 2017, the Sierra snowpack is 200 percent of normal. That’s a big difference from a few years ago – the snowpack was 2 percent of …

Space

California says oceans expected to rise higher than thought

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California says new climate change findings mean the ocean off the state's coast is expected to rise higher than previously thought.<p>The state's Ocean Protection Council on Wednesday revised projections it provides to agencies to help them plan for climate change from …

Climate Change

The environmental disaster that changed California — and started the movement against offshore oil drilling

The prospect of allowing new oil drilling off the coast of California is placing President Trump on yet another collision course with the state.<p>California has been a leader in restricting offshore oil drilling since the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill. It was the worst oil spill in the nation’s …

California Drought

Temperature-boosting El Niño set for early return this year

The climate event that helped supercharge global warming to record levels in 2015 and 2016 is 50-60% likely in 2017, says World Meteorological Organization<p>The El Niño climate event that helped supercharge global warming to record levels in 2015 and 2016 is set for an early return, according to a …

Global Warming

California To Challenge Trump's Executive Order On Offshore Drilling

The president's move could be "disastrous" to California's coast, state lawmakers say.<p>California lawmakers on Friday said they would quickly move to protect the state’s coastline from President Donald Trump’s executive order aimed at opening up now-protected ocean areas to oil and gas drilling.<p>The …

California Drought

California's wildflowers are freaking out, can be seen from space

<b>After years of devastating drought, the Golden State's bodacious blooms are having a raucous celebration.</b><p>The wildflowers in California are exploding, …

Flowers

Gov. Jerry Brown keeps Oroville Dam repair costs hidden, state lawmakers say

California Gov. Jerry Brown has unsealed previously secret memos related to repair plans and safety issues at the damaged Oroville Dam, but his administration's alleged refusal to be transparent about the contract bidding process and overall project costs has some state legislators frustrated.<p>In …

Water

Why Does Anyone Live In California?

I was staring up at the biggest lemon tree I'd ever seen when a friend told me that California isn't a natural environment for human beings. I'd …

California Drought

As shoppers shift online, so do Southern California jobs

After more than five decades selling women’s clothing, Limited Stores Co. filed for bankruptcy early this year and closed its 250 stores nationwide, including several in Southern California malls where dozens of employees lost their jobs.<p>Limited’s exit was part of the seismic change now occurring …

California Drought

El Nino likely to return this year: World Meteorological Organization

El Nino weather conditions associated with droughts and flooding have a 50-60 percent probability of returning this year, the U.N. World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Friday, revising its view from two months ago.<p>“Sea surface temperatures in the far eastern tropical Pacific Ocean …

Climate Change

California gas prices to rise under bill signed by governor

California drivers will see their gas prices rise in November and will pay more to register their vehicles come January. But they'll have to wait …

California Drought

Oroville dam: DWR offers apology, answers questions

Gridley – “I’m sorry. I’m sorry for the impact on your lives,” Bill Croyle told a crowd of more than 250 people at the Butte County …

Water

U.S. drought reaches record low as rain reigns

Drought in the U.S. fell to a record low this week, with just 6.1% of the lower 48 states currently experiencing abnormally dry conditions, federal officials announced Thursday.<p>That's the lowest percentage in the 17-year history of the weekly U.S. Drought Monitor report. The previous record low …

Weather

Rising Sea Levels Will Hit California Harder Than Other Places

Melting ice sheets in Antarctica will wallop California with greater sea-level rise than the world average, threatening the state's iconic beaches …

California Drought

Tijuana pollution contaminates South Bay beaches at astounding rate

Beaches in the county’s South Bay have long suffered from dirty swimming conditions. From the coveted surfing spot at the Tijuana Slough to the …

California Drought

Report: Drought increased California's electricity costs by $2.45 billion

(KGTV)--California's latest drought lead to an increase in electricity costs in the billions of dollars and contributed to an increase in carbon …

California Drought

Huntington Beach desal project is a ‘no-brainer’

I will never forget the extraordinary experience California voters gave me over my 40 years in elected life, from local office, to congresswoman and …

California Drought

Imperial Beach hires group to plan for rising tides

The Imperial Beach City Council has selected a consultant to address the effects of sea level rise and help the city update its coastal plan.<p>Mayor …

California Drought

San Diego's Open Data Website Allows Residents To Search Police Stops, Water Quality

Since it launched last July, the website has published 46 data sets and seen more than 100,000 downloads.

California Drought

My front seat view of climate change in California

Jaime O’Neill is a contributor to Writers on the Range, the opinion service of High Country News<i>. He lives and writes in rural Northern California.</i><p>As …

Weather

UCLA Finishes Regular Season Atop Women's Varsity Top 25

<b>April 26, 2017</b><p><b>BRIDGEPORT, Pa. --</b> Limited competition in many of the conferences brings few changes to the landscape of women's varsity water polo …

College & University

California politics updates: 'Netflix tax' ban fails, Royce and Nunes pick up challengers for 2018

This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now:<p>A scathing state audit says University of California President Janet Napolitano's office failed to disclose surplus cash and paid some staffers high salaries.<br>• An effort to ban …

California

Volunteers Clean Up Large San Diego Homeless Camp

Volunteers worked Wednesday to clean up a homeless camp in Mission Valley next to the San Diego River that was occupied by several dozen people.

California Drought

The Dried-Up Heart of California's Water Dilemma

California's Tulare Lake was once the largest body of freshwater west of the Mississippi. It was shallow, and it varied in size from year to year and season to season. But it was home to lots of salmon, turtles, otters and even, in the latter half of the 19th century, a few schooners and …

Water

Experts:Oroville Dam’s crippled spillways can’t be fully repaired this year

A pair of crippled spillways at Oroville Dam can be repaired in part by November, but a good deal of the work will probably have to be done after the next rainy season, according to reports by an independent panel of experts.<p>The five-member panel, hired by the California Department of Water …

Water

California drought: then and now

Getty Images photographer Justin Sullivan documented California’s severe drought conditions in 2014 and recently returned to the same places to …

Flipboard

California weighs huge health care remake–dumping insurers

SACRAMENTO — A proposal considered by California lawmakers would substantially remake the health care system of the nation’s most populous state by …

Health Care

Drought no more: Water flows back into the Silver Lake Reservoir complex

After two years of sitting empty, Silver Lake’s namesake and signature icon is being refilled.<p>City officials cranked open the tower valves to begin refilling the Silver Lake Reservoir complex on Tuesday, nearly a year ahead of schedule. The 96-acre reservoir is expected to be fully refilled by the …

Los Angeles