Advertisement
Rosanna Xia

Rosanna Xia covers the environment, with a focus on California's coastline. She previously reported on natural disasters and wrote articles that connected science, infrastructure and policy. With a team of reporters, she published a series in 2013 that prompted lawmakers and the public to confront thousands of buildings at risk of collapse in a major earthquake. She has also covered higher education for The Times and reported for the Business section. An East Coast transplant, she graduated from Tufts University.
Hitting the beach should be cleaner this summer — as long as you avoid these sandy stretches

Three of the top 10 dirtiest beaches in California are in Orange and Los Angeles counties. But about 95% of the region’s beaches logged top water-quality marks during the summer, according to Heal the Bay's annual beach report card.

Straws. Bottle caps. Polyester. These are the new targets of California's environmental movement

It's no longer just plastic bags. California's battle against plastic pollution is now targeting straws, bottle caps and the microfibers that wash off polyester clothes and make their way into the ocean, the stomachs of marine life and ultimately our seafood and drinking water.

Advertisement
Advertisement