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Benjamin Oreskes

Benjamin Oreskes is the co-author of the Essential Californianewsletter and a general assignment reporter in the California section. Before coming to The Times in February 2017, Oreskes covered foreign policy at Politico in Washington, D.C. He graduated from Northwestern University, and looks forward to seeing the Wildcats play in the Rose Bowl sometime soon.
Essential California: Salt marshes will vanish in less than a century if seas keep rising and California keeps building

"We're essentially drowning the marshes," said Glen MacDonald, a UCLA professor of geography and one of the authors of the study.

Essential California: As homeless camps explode in L.A. suburbs, residents fear they will become permanent

As Southern California’s homeless population has exploded in recent years, the South Bay and Harbor areas have seen their own surge, with an estimated 6,145 people calling the camps home, according to the 2017 homeless count — a 4% increase from the prior year.

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