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Trump names climate change skeptic and oil industry ally to lead the EPA

Donald Trump picked Oklahoma Atty. Gen. Scott Pruitt to run the Environmental Protection Agency, signaling the president-elect will deliver on his vow to disassemble President Obama’s landmark effort to fight climate change. Pruitt, 48, a staunch ally of the fossil fuel industry, has taken a lead...

  • Thanks to heavy rains, state may increase water delivery allocations

    Thanks to heavy rains, state may increase water delivery allocations

    Dozens of water agencies in drought-weary California may receive only 20% of their requested deliveries in 2017, state officials said Monday. But the Department of Water Resources’ initial allocation forecast is double what was announced a year ago. Officials said winter storms in coming months...

  • Northern Sierra Nevada sees wettest fall in 30 years

    Northern Sierra Nevada sees wettest fall in 30 years

    California’s northern Sierra Nevada mountain range, home to some of the state’s largest reservoirs, had the wettest first two months of the water year since 1984, the National Weather Service said Tuesday. Between October and November, the eight measuring stations along the northern range received...

  • Trump seems ready to fight the world on climate change. But he's likely to meet resistance

    Trump seems ready to fight the world on climate change. But he's likely to meet resistance

    Donald Trump is branded with all manner of unflattering labels, but one that hasn’t seemed to much bother him is “climate pariah.” The president-elect is unabashed in his disdain for America’s global warming policy. He has placed a staunch climate-change doubter and antagonist of mainstream science...

  • Chinook salmon spawning season improves

    Chinook salmon spawning season improves

    The picture has brightened slightly for endangered winter-run Chinook salmon after two disastrous spawning seasons. The number of juveniles migrating downstream this fall is roughly twice what it was last year, thanks to better temperature conditions in the Sacramento River. “We’re declaring success...

  • Climate change is real: Just ask the Pentagon

    Climate change is real: Just ask the Pentagon

    A bitter wind blew across Sewell’s Point on a recent afternoon as ocean waves crashed against a concrete pier where two black attack submarines were tied up for the day. Pier 3 was taking the last hits of a severe storm that had roared ashore a few days before. It flooded four buildings, tore up...

  • La Niña has arrived, with little rain in store for Southern California

    La Niña has arrived, with little rain in store for Southern California

    La Niña has officially arrived, with mixed messages for California. If the weather phenomenon behaves as expected, the Pacific Northwest and far Northern California will enjoy a wetter than normal winter, while the southern swath of the state will remain dry. Federal climate scientists on Thursday...

  • Will Paris climate accord and other environmental pacts survive a Trump presidency?

    Will Paris climate accord and other environmental pacts survive a Trump presidency?

    When Donald Trump takes the oath of office in January, he appears poised to become the only world leader who questions whether climate change is real. The Republican president-elect has called climate change a hoax and said he would “cancel” the United States’ participation in the historic Paris...

  • It's not just California. The Deep South is also reeling from a drought

    It's not just California. The Deep South is also reeling from a drought

    An unusual haze, much thicker than traffic smog, hung over Atlanta on Wednesday. It was smoke, blown in from wildfires in the mountains of northern Georgia, where hundreds of firefighters were battling blazes nourished by a severe drought gripping the nation’s Southeast. How bad is the drought?...

  • Feds say 25% of California is drought-free, but state experts are still cautious

    Feds say 25% of California is drought-free, but state experts are still cautious

    A rainy October in Northern California has lifted about a quarter of the state out of drought conditions, the U.S. Drought Monitor reported Thursday. It’s the rosiest picture released by federal officials since the spring of 2013, when about 64% of the state was considered to be in “moderate drought”...

  • Water conservation improved in September but is still worse than in 2015

    Water conservation improved in September but is still worse than in 2015

    Californians halted a three-month slide in water conservation in September, saving enough to hearten state regulators who previously had expressed alarm about possible drought fatigue. Residents and businesses cut their water consumption by 18.3% in September compared with the same month in 2013....

  • The drought eased up, and these Californians turned on the spigot

    The drought eased up, and these Californians turned on the spigot

    TThe San Juan Water District showed the rest of California how to save water when the state needed the savings most. The supplier for eastern Sacramento and southern Placer counties cut consumption 41% from 2013 levels during the summer of 2015 — the height of a years-long drought.  District residents...

  • Northern California is seeing two or three times more rain than normal. So why is Southern California so dry?

    Northern California is seeing two or three times more rain than normal. So why is Southern California so dry?

    As the state enters its sixth year of drought, Northern California is seeing some significant relief thanks to a series of powerful storms, while Southern California remains mired in record dry conditions. Despite a rainstorm set to hit the Southland this week, the region continues to face an unprecedented...

  • Southland's major water agency is rebuilding depleted regional storage

    Southland's major water agency is rebuilding depleted regional storage

    The Southland’s biggest water agency painted a surprisingly upbeat picture Monday of the region’s water supplies. Although the Southland remains stuck in a severe drought, officials of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California say they are rebuilding depleted storage reserves with...

  • A governor, a fight and California's public pensions

    A governor, a fight and California's public pensions

    Good morning. It is Saturday, Oct. 8. Here’s what you don’t want to miss this weekend: TOP STORIES Police shootings: The Los Angeles Police Commission is considering sweeping changes to the way the Police Department handles officer-involved shootings. The civilian panel is expected to consider...

  • Nearly 50 million children uprooted: A global crisis by the numbers

    Nearly 50 million children uprooted: A global crisis by the numbers

    The haunting images of Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi’s body washed up on a Turkish beach, and of Omran Daqneesh’s bloodied and bewildered face after his home was destroyed in Aleppo, have become emblems of the heavy toll inflicted by war and displacement on the world’s children. But the sheer magnitude...

  • California's water conservation dips in July — are eased rules to blame?

    California's water conservation dips in July — are eased rules to blame?

    Urban water conservation across California dipped slightly during the second month that less stringent conservation requirements have been in place, state regulators said Wednesday. More alarming to some, the 20% water-use reduction in July, compared with the same month in 2013, also marked a sharp...

  • U.S. clears way for cleanup of Colorado mine after huge spill

    U.S. clears way for cleanup of Colorado mine after huge spill

    A Colorado mine that spilled 3 million gallons of contaminated wastewater into rivers in three Western states has been designated a Superfund site.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's action Wednesday clears the way for a multimillion-dollar federal cleanup of the Gold King Mine and 47...

  • Despite desalinating water, floating it in by barge and taking short showers, Catalina islanders are told to cut back even more

    Despite desalinating water, floating it in by barge and taking short showers, Catalina islanders are told to cut back even more

    This quaint resort town has a reputation for making visitors feel as if they’re an ocean apart from the troubled megalopolis 22 miles to the east. So it figures that the tourists in Hawaiian shirts and flip-flops strolling past Avalon’s restaurants, bars and trinket shops seemed unruffled by the...

  • The forecast for Lake Mead: Hot and dry with plenty of anxiety

    The forecast for Lake Mead: Hot and dry with plenty of anxiety

    A reckoning arrives every August for the Colorado River and the 40 million people across the West who depend on it. After water managers measure annual inflows and outflows and do their best to estimate future precipitation in places as far-flung as northwestern Wyoming and southwestern New Mexico,...

  • Hot? You can cool down by suiting up in this high-tech fabric

    Hot? You can cool down by suiting up in this high-tech fabric

    Just in time for scientists to declare 2016 the hottest year on record, scientists at Stanford University have developed a material that could make the coolest clothes ever — shirts and pants that block the sun’s warming rays while venting body heat more efficiently than cotton or other conventional...

  • Legislature declines to add 'environmental justice' members to Southern California air quality board

    Legislature declines to add 'environmental justice' members to Southern California air quality board

    The state Legislature has rejected a controversial measure that would have shifted the political balance of Southern California’s air-quality board by adding three state-appointed “environmental justice” members to represent low-income communities suffering from pollution.  The legislation to expand...

  • Meet the pangolin, the most poached mammal in the world

    Meet the pangolin, the most poached mammal in the world

    As the congress of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources gets underway Thursday in Hawaii, environmental policymakers and conservation experts will discuss managing the environment, protecting wildlife and how best to chart the direction of conservation efforts....

  • L.A.’s mountain lions could be near extinction in 50 years

    L.A.’s mountain lions could be near extinction in 50 years

    Mountain lions living in Greater Los Angeles could be at risk of extinction within the next 50 years if the population remains isolated by freeways and other forms of human development, UCLA and National Park Service wildlife ecologists are warning. About 15 pumas survive in the Santa Monica Mountains,...

  • Take the gnatcatcher off the endangered list? Here's why wildlife officials say no

    Take the gnatcatcher off the endangered list? Here's why wildlife officials say no

    Federal wildlife authorities on Tuesday said that a review of genetic tests has led them to conclude that the coastal California gnatcatcher is a valid subspecies and therefore worthy of protections that have barred development on tens of thousands of acres of prime Southern California real estate...

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