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  • 44% of California is now experiencing moderate drought conditions, report says

    44% of California is now experiencing moderate drought conditions, report says

    California is rapidly plunging back into drought, with severe conditions now existing in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties — home to one-fourth of the state's population — a national drought monitor said Thursday. The weekly report released by the U.S. Drought Monitor, a project of...

  • Groups call for investigation of EPA inaction at Torrance refinery

    Groups call for investigation of EPA inaction at Torrance refinery

    After federal inspectors uncovered what they reported to be serious hazardous waste violations at the Torrance refinery, the incoming Trump administration chose not to pursue them, dismaying the team that visited the facility. Now, environmental groups are calling on the Environmental Protection...

  • Lake Forest hottest spot in U.S. as January heat wave breaks records, broils Southern California

    Lake Forest hottest spot in U.S. as January heat wave breaks records, broils Southern California

    Monday brought a second day of record-setting temperatures across Southern California as a January heat wave made winter feel a lot more like summer. Numerous spots around the region hit new highs for the day, including Long Beach (91), LAX (89) UCLA (89), Santa Ana (88), Newport Beach (85), and...

  • No one seems to want to run Trump's EPA in California

    No one seems to want to run Trump's EPA in California

    Perhaps it is unsurprising that the White House still hasn’t filled this job: San Francisco is not an inviting place for the Make America Great Again administration. But the administration’s effort to fill one of its most important environmental jobs — chief of the Environmental Protection Agency’s...

  • Today: Immigration — the Path, the Politics and the Personal

    Today: Immigration — the Path, the Politics and the Personal

    After being criticized for shifting his position on the so-called Dreamers, President Trump will propose a path forward. TOP STORIES Immigration — the Path, the Politics and the Personal President Trump has left for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to rub elbows with the “globalist...

  • White House promises this shutdown 'will look very different.' Will it?

    White House promises this shutdown 'will look very different.' Will it?

    The government shutdown is fast becoming an unwelcome and costly staple of American democracy. After the last prolonged closure delivered a substantial hit to the economy and created hardship and frustration for millions, lawmakers vowed never again. And yet, here we are again. The Trump administration...

  • In Cape Town, 'Day Zero' is coming very soon — the day the water runs out

    In Cape Town, 'Day Zero' is coming very soon — the day the water runs out

    Cape Town, South Africa’s second-largest city, is facing its worst drought in a century, with its water supply expected to run dry April 21. They’re calling it “Day Zero.” In this city of 4 million, people will have to line up in the streets at just 200 water stations. The police and army will...

  • 2017 was one of the three hottest years on record, NASA and NOAA scientists say

    2017 was one of the three hottest years on record, NASA and NOAA scientists say

    Even without the help of El Niño, 2017 was a top-three scorcher for planet Earth. Global temperatures last year were the third-highest since scientists began keeping records in 1880, according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Measurements from NASA placed it even...

  • One year in, Trump's environmental agenda is already taking a measurable toll

    One year in, Trump's environmental agenda is already taking a measurable toll

    A massive coal ash spill near Knoxville, Tenn., in 2008 forever changed life for Janie Clark’s family and left her husband with crippling health problems. So Clark was astounded late last year when she heard what the Environmental Protection Agency had done. In September, at the behest of power...

  • Today: The Trump EPA’s Light Touch on Heavy Polluters

    Today: The Trump EPA’s Light Touch on Heavy Polluters

    The Trump administration’s environmental agenda is already taking a measurable toll. TOP STORIES The Trump EPA’s Light Touch on Heavy Polluters Some call it industry-friendly regulation. Others call it abandonment of duty. The Trump administration’s approach to the environment is markedly different...

  • Six deaths linked to Bay Area heat wave

    Six deaths linked to Bay Area heat wave

    Six people died from heat-related illnesses amid a record-breaking hot spell that roasted the Bay Area over the Labor Day weekend, officials say. Those who died were seniors, mostly in their late 70s, 80s and 90s, and nearly all were found in their Bay Area homes, according to coroner’s officials...

  • In Harvey's wake, frustration over flood's ravages tempered by spirit of solidarity

    In Harvey's wake, frustration over flood's ravages tempered by spirit of solidarity

    Storm-tossed Texans pressed ahead Sunday with door-to-door searches for frail and elderly survivors, and accelerated an exodus from evacuation centers where some had sheltered in the wake of the most powerful hurricane to strike the continental U.S. in more than a decade. As tens of thousands in...

  • San Francisco sets all-time heat record downtown at 106 degrees during state's hottest recorded summer

    San Francisco sets all-time heat record downtown at 106 degrees during state's hottest recorded summer

    In almost 150 years of record keeping, it has never been as hot in San Francisco as it was on Friday. Amid a brutal heat wave that has broiled California for a week while intermittently knocking out power to thousands and fueling more than a dozen wildfires, downtown San Francisco hit 106 degrees....

  • Record heat, lightning, fires, intense rain: California's extreme weather gets wilder

    Record heat, lightning, fires, intense rain: California's extreme weather gets wilder

    The heat wave that has gripped California for a week took a dramatic turn Thursday as lightning storms sparked brush fires, knocked out power to thousands and caused downpours across the region. Forecasters said the extreme weather will continue through the weekend, with some parts of Northern...

  • Record heat wave brings lightning, brush fires and intense rain to Southern California

    Record heat wave brings lightning, brush fires and intense rain to Southern California

    Already suffering under a heat wave, Southern California faced intense summer storms that moved in Thursday afternoon, bringing lightning strikes that set off brush fires as well as intense downpours. A 25-acre brush fire erupted near the 5 Freeway about 4:36 p.m. amid a lightning storm, said Fire...

  • LADWP sees highest demand ever as Angelenos roast in record-breaking heat wave

    LADWP sees highest demand ever as Angelenos roast in record-breaking heat wave

    Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customers used more electricity on Thursday battling the heat wave than has ever been used in the agency’s history, DWP officials announced. Customers hit a peak demand of 6,502 megawatts at 4:15 p.m., shattering the previous record of 6,396 megawatts used...

  • Harvey pounded the nation's chemical epicenter. What's in the foul-smelling floodwater left behind?

    Harvey pounded the nation's chemical epicenter. What's in the foul-smelling floodwater left behind?

    The pounding rains of Hurricane Harvey washed over the conduits, cooling towers, ethylene crackers and other esoteric equipment of the nation’s largest complex of chemical plants and petroleum refineries, leaving behind small lakes of brown, foul-smelling water whose contents are a mystery. Broken...

  • Triple-digit temperatures continue as stubborn heat wave bakes Southern California

    Triple-digit temperatures continue as stubborn heat wave bakes Southern California

    Patricia Morataya kept busy Wednesday in Woodland Hills, where temperatures are known to break records. Throughout the day, amid a scorching heat wave that is setting records from Redding to Lake Elsinore, people passing by gravitated to her fruit cart at the corner of Topanga Canyon and Ventura...

  • Southern California heat wave expected to linger through the weekend

    Southern California heat wave expected to linger through the weekend

    The heat wave hitting Southern California isn't going away. The National Weather Service says the Southland will continue to swelter well into next week, bringing triple digit temperatures to inland valleys along with elevated fire danger and the potential for power outages. An excessive-heat warning...

  • Record-breaking heat wave to scorch Southern California

    Record-breaking heat wave to scorch Southern California

    A sweltering heat wave will blanket Southern California through the middle of the week, elevating the fire danger and probably breaking many heat records, according to forecasters. The National Weather Service on Monday issued an excessive-heat warning through Wednesday, saying the high temperatures...

  • Heat wave expected to bring triple-digit temperatures to Southern California

    Heat wave expected to bring triple-digit temperatures to Southern California

    Get ready to get sweaty. A prolonged heat wave that is expected to bring triple-digit temperatures to much of Southern California has been forecast to begin this weekend and stick around through at least the middle of next week, according to the National Weather Service. A large high-pressure system...

  • Essential California: Senate bills aim to make homes more affordable, but ...

    Essential California: Senate bills aim to make homes more affordable, but ...

    Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It is Saturday, Aug. 12. Here’s what you don’t want to miss this weekend: TOP STORIES Not enough help A package of bills supported by Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders now being considered to alleviate the state’s affordability...

  • 'Lucifer' heat wave keeps parts of Europe on red alert

    'Lucifer' heat wave keeps parts of Europe on red alert

    No wonder it's been dubbed “Lucifer.” A relentless heat wave that gripped parts of Europe this week has sent temperatures soaring to record highs for several days, causing at least two deaths and prompting authorities to issue weather alerts. Extreme heat in Italy, and parts of France and Spain...

  • Congress takes aim at the Clean Air Act, putting the limits of California's power to the test

    Congress takes aim at the Clean Air Act, putting the limits of California's power to the test

    California is confronting the limits of its power to save federal environmental protections as Congress and the Trump administration take aim at a landmark law the state has relied on for decades to clean the air of noxious smog. A push by Republicans to roll back parts of the Clean Air Act would...

  • 15 states, including California, appeal EPA delay of stricter air-quality standards

    Attorneys general from 15 states, including California, filed a legal challenge on Tuesday over the Trump administration's delay of Obama-era rules reducing emissions of smog-causing air pollutants. The states petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to overturn...

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