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Bettina Boxall

Bettina Boxall covers water issues and the environment for the Los Angeles Times. She shared the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting with colleague Julie Cart for a five-part series that explored the causes and effects of escalating wildfire in the West. She began her journalism career as a photographer at a small Texas daily and reported for newspapers in Vermont and New Jersey before joining The Times in 1987.
Climate change is helping crank up the temperatures of California's heat waves

What’s to blame for this summer’s punishing heat waves that are breaking records not just on land, but in coastal waters? Global warming? A high pressure ridge that parked itself over the West? Or both?

Redding was scorched by a fire so strong it created its own weather system

California’s big, destructive wildfires tend to come in two varities: Wind driven, such a last year’s deadly Santa Rosa conflagration and the Thomas Fire in Southern California. And what is known as plume-dominated, when a fire’s plume of smoke and ash is big and hot enough to exert control.

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