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California Is Daring President Trump to Stop It From Fighting Climate Change

California's government agency responsible for maintaining healthy air quality voted on Friday to adopt stricter emissions standards for automobiles, …

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How refineries' greed sank an environmental program that was saving them millions

Just over a year ago, Southern California’s refinery industry was riding high. With a last-minute blitz in December 2015, the refineries had torpedoed a tough anti-pollution plan that had been painstakingly developed by regional environmental officials over the previous 37 months. The industry plan …

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California Air Resources Board votes to keep emissions requirements, vowing to protect the environment even if the EPA won’t

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) voted unanimously to continue implementing higher emissions standards in their meeting on Friday. This sets California’s clean-air agency up for a fight against the federal Environmental Protection Agency, which recently signaled that they aren’t too …

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Another reservoir overflows as Northern California receives more rain

The milestones marking California’s wettest year in decades continued to pile up Thursday, as state water officials said a reservoir high up in the Sierra Nevada has exceeded capacity for the first time in 21 years.<p>Lake Davis began overflowing onto its earth-and-rock spillway Wednesday after a …

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L.A. officials push for new steps to address health risks from homebuilding near freeways

In a new push to address health risks from a surge in residential construction near freeways, Los Angeles officials have requested a study of development restrictions, design standards and other steps to protect residents from traffic pollution.<p>Planning, transportation and other officials should …

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Evacuation orders lifted, but Oroville dam saga may have just begun

An unusually wet rainy season in California is in its final month, and officials are breathing slightly easier. But a new assessment of the dam's …

Christian Science Monitor

California vs. Trump: California regulators move forward on climate change rules

California environmental regulators, taking a defiant stand against President Donald Trump, reaffirmed their commitment Thursday to tough air …

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California regulators launch new campaign against harmful climate pollutants

California opened another front in its fight against global warming on Thursday, launching a new strategy for slashing so-called super pollutants that have an outsize impact on the climate.<p>The plan targets emissions such as methane from cow manure, black carbon from diesel exhaust and …

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Climate Change News: Dead Sea Salt Shows Worst Drought Humans Have Ever Seen

Scientists drilling deep down into the Dead Sea have found a warning about how climate change could affect us in the future. A study in the journal</i> …

Climate Change

California's Central Valley Farmers Bemoan Water Allocation

SAN FRANCISCO—Farmers in a vast stretch of California’s Central Valley—the nation’s fruit and vegetable basket—will receive only 65% of the imported water they need to irrigate their crops, despite one of the wettest winters in state history.<p>Federal water regulators announced the allotment …

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The Silver Lake drought is over: Reservoir will be finally refilled

The drought is over in Silver Lake — at least, at its picturesque reservoir.<p>Los Angeles Department of Water and Power officials announced Wednesday that the popular Silver Lake Reservoir — which has stood empty for more than a year — will be refilled starting in mid-April.<p>The 96-acre reservoir is …

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California's vineyards are coming back from the brink of disaster thanks to the winter rains

This spring, it’s all about the “super bloom,” the blanket of wildflowers covering California’s hillsides that has transformed parched desert landscapes into spectacular riots of color. But perhaps more important, it’s also about the state’s vineyards, which are experiencing a comparable …

Wine

California about to go its own way on methane

While Congress and the Trump administration may roll back a just-enacted federal rule regarding methane emissions, California is on the verge of …

California Drought

Editorial: DWR’s handling of Oroville Dam crisis keeps getting worse

The confounding statements from the state Department of Water Resources about the Lake Oroville spillway crisis just keep coming.<p>The disaster has …

Flint

California’s floods and droughts are just the beginning

Environmental scientist Lynn Ingram describes the storms and droughts coming this century.<p>UC-Berkeley environmental scientist Lynn Ingram joined us …

Climate Change

California board adopts strictest U.S. methane rules

(Reuters) - California's air quality board voted unanimously on Thursday to approve methane regulations touted as the strictest adopted yet in the United States for controlling emissions of the second-most prevalent greenhouse gas in the atmosphere.<p>The rules, approved by the California Air …

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Conservation on Lake City family farm

Mark Schleisman, of Lake City, points out where a saturated buffer was installed along Elk Run Creek which runs through his farm land outside of Lake …

Agriculture

Photo: In a rare occurence, poppies explode across California

<b>The state's official flower is on the wane, but every so often they bloom with a vengeance. Here's why.</b><p><i>Eschscholzia californica</i>, the cheerful …

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California farms expect to get bump in irrigation water

Federal officials say farmers in a vast agricultural region of California will receive a greater share of irrigation this summer compared to recent …

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Oroville Dam: How a 21st-century spillway compares to Oroville’s 1968 structure

Oroville – In the nearly 50 years since the Oroville Dam was completed, construction methods have changed.<p>Chico State University construction …

Construction

Exclusive: Lead poisoning afflicts neighborhoods across California

NEW YORK: Dozens of California communities have experienced recent rates of childhood lead poisoning that surpass those of Flint, Michigan, with one …

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California’s Drought May Be Over, But Its Water Troubles Aren’t

In the years before California’s civil engineers got around to confining the Sacramento River, it often spilled over its banks, inundating huge swaths of the Central Valley. Sometimes the floodwater would stand for a hundred days at a time. The botanist William Henry Brewer, writing in 1862, after …

Water

Heavy California rains par for the course for climate change

Stanford climatologist Noah Diffenbaugh explains why heavy rains during a drought are to be expected for a state in the throes of climate change.

Climate Change

With another storm on the way, dams vs. desal question raised

<b>Desalination is biggest need, not water storage</b><p>Regarding “Ignoring state drought’s biggest lesson” (March 20): Whatever possessed the U-T to print an …

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Melting record snowpack could flood LA Aqueduct and Owens Valley

<i>California snow depth on March 16, 2016 (left) and March 16, 2015 (right). ; Credit: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration</i>Sharon McNaryThe …

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1M chinook salmon released after Oroville emergency rescue

March 21 (UPI) -- One million chinook salmon found a new home in a central California river after a five-week ordeal that included rescue from the …

Salmon

Wet season too late for central Queensland farmer, more on the way

After the driest spring and summer in living memory, central Queensland grower and grazier Darren Jensen says the first welcome sprinkles of rain …

Climate

First week of spring forecast for winter-like rain

Winter weather is coming back to the Bay Area - just in time for spring.<p>Starting Monday, the vernal equinox, a week-long system of cool storms will swing through Northern California, bringing several inches of rain to the Bay Area and more pileup in the snow-stuffed Sierra, according to the …

Oakland

Could the Oroville Dam Be the Next Big Tourist Destination?

As the cataracts of water flowing over the Oroville dam’s emergency spillways began to narrow and the threat of wide-scale flooding passed, a sense of normalcy has returned to the Northern California farming town. Most of the 16,000 residents went back to their homes, shops reopened, and officials …

Travel

How does Los Angeles get its water?

From hundreds of miles away, mostly.<p>More people live in the sunbaked cities of Los Angeles County than the local water supply can support. Millions more. What’s a parched metropolis that’s long ago outgrown its groundwater canteens to do? Steal what it needs from other regions. Using elaborate …

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