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  • Trump's environmental rollbacks are hitting major roadblocks

    Trump's environmental rollbacks are hitting major roadblocks

    As President Trump flouts international calls to act on climate change, his administration is finding the pressure at home tougher to ignore. The limitations of Trump’s power to reset U.S. climate policy has been on full display over the last few days in Washington. White House plans to scrap restrictions...

  • At 98 degrees, heat in Los Angeles breaks a 131-year-old record

    At 98 degrees, heat in Los Angeles breaks a 131-year-old record

    Los Angeles hit a record high of 98 degrees Saturday, as a wildfire in northern Santa Barbara County continued to burn out of control and the region suffered through the third day of a blistering heat wave. Downtown Los Angeles’ record high temperature beat out the 131-year-old record of 95 degrees...

  • Scientists make water bottles the old-fashioned way to see if they were toxic to early Californians

    Scientists make water bottles the old-fashioned way to see if they were toxic to early Californians

    If the ubiquity of pollutants in modern life has you yearning for the simpler ways of California’s early residents, an unusual scientific experiment may prompt you to reconsider. After constructing water vessels using the methods of prehistoric people who lived on the Channel Islands, researchers...

  • California heat wave claims the lives of 2 Bay Area seniors

    California heat wave claims the lives of 2 Bay Area seniors

    A record-breaking heat wave that has been roasting California for days has claimed the lives of two seniors in San Jose, public health officials said Wednesday. A 72-year-old man and an 87-year-old woman died from heat-related illnesses Monday, according to the Santa Clara County Public Health...

  • As heat persists, California wildfire threat grows

    As heat persists, California wildfire threat grows

    A punishing heat wave that brought record temperatures to California this week may be easing, but the risk of wildfire was expected to grow Thursday as a result of continued warmth, increased winds and lush ground cover, according to the National Weather Service. On Wednesday, the weather service...

  • California sees some of highest temperatures ever recorded amid heat wave

    California sees some of highest temperatures ever recorded amid heat wave

    The heat wave hitting Southern California this week is one for the record books. Temperatures topped 100 in the valleys and 120 in the low desert. Death Valley hit 127 — seven degrees shy of the hottest temperature ever recorded on the planet. The National Weather Service said temperatures in some...

  • Today: In the Trump Era, Republicans 4, Democrats 0

    Today: In the Trump Era, Republicans 4, Democrats 0

    I'm Davan Maharaj, editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles Times. Here are some story lines I don't want you to miss today. TOP STORIES In Georgia, Torrential Rains and a GOP Win The most expensive congressional race in American history came to an end Tuesday with Republican Karen Handel defeating Democrat...

  • Las Vegas hits 117 degrees, tying a record, as the Southwest bakes

    Las Vegas hits 117 degrees, tying a record, as the Southwest bakes

    For much of the afternoon, outdoor dining areas and patios along the Las Vegas Strip were empty as the hot sun pounded the streets and sidewalk relentlessly. Near the Linq Hotel & Casino, spray misters attached to tall posts outside gamely tried to combat the heat — though the water evaporated...

  • Southern Californians say 'water is the key' to surviving first summer heat wave

    Southern Californians say 'water is the key' to surviving first summer heat wave

    As the first heat wave of summer reached its anticipated peak Tuesday afternoon, Southern California residents employed a variety of methods to keep cool amid the swelter. From the Pacific Coast to the Inland Empire, children and adults sought relief in air conditioned malls, libraries and movie...

  • Breakfast is canceled at a Death Valley restaurant — and other tales from the blazing desert

    Breakfast is canceled at a Death Valley restaurant — and other tales from the blazing desert

    The temperature in Death Valley’s crumpled badlands was expected to reach 126 degrees by the afternoon, but things started to cook long before that at the Wrangler Restaurant in Furnace Creek on Tuesday. By 7 a.m., on the first day of summer, customers, short-order cooks and waitresses were already...

  • When it comes to Southern California's heat wave, the worst is yet to come

    When it comes to Southern California's heat wave, the worst is yet to come

    Firefighters labored in scorching heat Sunday against five separate brush fires across Southern California as forecasters warned of more triple-digit temperatures in inland communities. The punishing heat wave broke records on Sunday in Lancaster, Palmdale and Sandberg, which saw highs of 108,...

  • As temperatures heated up, some chilled out at mass meditation in L.A. park

    As temperatures heated up, some chilled out at mass meditation in L.A. park

    It got a little toasty for hundreds people who turned out Saturday at the recently dedicated Los Angeles State Historic Park for a mass meditation. Temperatures in the downtown area reached the mid-80s, according to the National Weather Service. About 2,000 people were expected to take part in...

  • Essential California: Oh my smog! California forges ahead with ozone-cutting measures

    Essential California: Oh my smog! California forges ahead with ozone-cutting measures

    Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Friday, June 9, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES Oh my smog! President Trump's EPA head, Scott Pruitt, announced this week that there would be a delay in the implementation of Obama-era limits on ozone,...

  • As Trump's EPA delays smog rules, California vows to forge ahead

    As Trump's EPA delays smog rules, California vows to forge ahead

    California officials say they are forging ahead with emissions-cutting measures despite the Trump administration’s move this week to delay implementation of Obama-era limits on ozone, the lung-searing gas in smog. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt told governors Tuesday...

  • Trump may be in trouble, but his appointees advance his startling agenda

    Trump may be in trouble, but his appointees advance his startling agenda

    Cable news is consumed with wall-to-wall coverage of every new development in Donald Trump’s political implosion, and liberals, still stunned by Trump’s rise to the White House, cannot get enough of it. For them, this national nightmare can’t be over soon enough. Nevertheless, one disturbing reality...

  • An 'evolutionary gamble' may be killing Joshua Tree's mother tortoises

    An 'evolutionary gamble' may be killing Joshua Tree's mother tortoises

    Wildlife biologists say an alarming number of female desert tortoise carcasses found earlier this year just outside the southern edge of Joshua Tree National Park may be the result of mothers fighting extinction by exhausting their water and energy to lay eggs, even under stress. U.S. Geological...

  • Giant Alaska mine proposal gets new chance under Trump administration

    Giant Alaska mine proposal gets new chance under Trump administration

    The Trump administration has given new life to a proposed gold and copper mine in Alaska that would be built at the headwaters of one of the world’s largest runs of wild salmon. The Environmental Protection Agency reached a legal settlement late Thursday with the Canadian company that wants to...

  • Scientists are on alert after the latest changes at the EPA

    Scientists are on alert after the latest changes at the EPA

    Scientists are on high alert this week after the Environmental Protection Agency failed to renew the appointments of at least six independent researchers who served on an EPA advisory board. The decision does not directly affect the work of the scientists who are employed by the agency. Nor was...

  • Thousands march nationwide to protest Trump climate policies

    Thousands march nationwide to protest Trump climate policies

    Thousands of people across the U.S. marched in rain, snow and sweltering heat Saturday to demand action on climate change — mass protests that coincided with President Trump's 100th day in office and took aim at his agenda for rolling back environmental protections. At the marquee event, the Peoples...

  • 'We need to be out here': Thousands march in downtown L.A. to support science in the Trump era

    'We need to be out here': Thousands march in downtown L.A. to support science in the Trump era

    Dressed in long sleeves and a sensible safari hat, Dr. Diane Brown carried a sign that read, “My patients need science because lupus is not cured, juvenile arthritis is not cured … CANCER is not cured!” Brown, a rheumatologist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, said she hadn’t attended any marches...

  • You can now use the outdoor showers at state beaches again

    You can now use the outdoor showers at state beaches again

    Sand- and salt-caked beachgoers, rejoice: The California Department of Parks and Recreation is lifting its two-year ban on outdoor shower use at many state beaches. In the face of a statewide drought, officials ordered that outdoor showers be shut off indefinitely at 38 California beaches — many...

  • There's fear that the EPA's request for a court delay may lead to dirtier air

    There's fear that the EPA's request for a court delay may lead to dirtier air

    When the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency adopted a stricter smog limit in 2015, forcing states to reduce emissions, many people were disappointed. At the time, the agency reduced the ground-level ozone standard to 70 parts per billion, down from the 75-ppb standard adopted in 2008 under the...

  • From extreme drought to record rain: Why California's drought-to-deluge cycle is getting worse

    From extreme drought to record rain: Why California's drought-to-deluge cycle is getting worse

    California’s climate has long been dominated by cycles of intense dry conditions followed by heavy rain and snow. But never before in recorded history has the state seen such an extreme drought-to-deluge swing. Experts and state water officials say California is seeing more of these intense weather...

  • Energy Star ratings are cheap, effective and popular. Why does Trump want to kill them?

    Energy Star ratings are cheap, effective and popular. Why does Trump want to kill them?

    Commercial real estate giant CBRE is always on alert for shifts in federal government policy that might impact its vast property management and investment business. But the Los Angeles-based Fortune 500 company never anticipated an effort to eliminate a voluntary, cost-effective initiative that...

  • Essential California: 'It feels like we go from one tragedy to another'

    Essential California: 'It feels like we go from one tragedy to another'

    Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Wednesday, April 12, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES San Bernardino grieving, again The tragedy on Monday was horrible by itself. But the murder-suicide at North Park Elementary School, which killed...

  • Scott Pruitt undermines the EPA with anti-scientific ignorance

    Scott Pruitt undermines the EPA with anti-scientific ignorance

    Donald Trump’s foreign policy and legislative agenda may be a confused mess due to amateurism, impulsiveness and understaffing, but his administration’s attack on the environment is operating with the focus and zeal of the Spanish Inquisition. Led by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, the Trump team...

  • This is how states will fight Trump's energy order

    This is how states will fight Trump's energy order

    Donald Trump’s plan to bring an abrupt halt to America’s crusade against climate change will test California and other states like never before as they seek to wrest control of the nation’s energy future from a hostile White House. The energy plan Trump unveiled on Tuesday left no doubt that the...

  • These are the 19 agencies Trump would stop funding entirely

    These are the 19 agencies Trump would stop funding entirely

    Here’s a snapshot of the mission and history of the 19 independent agencies President Trump said he would stop funding entirely under his “budget blueprint.” Trump’s proposal also calls for deep cuts in other agencies and departments, including the Environmental Protection Agency and the State...

  • The fall of L.A.'s 'Teflon sheriff'

    The fall of L.A.'s 'Teflon sheriff'

    Good morning. It’s Thursday March 16, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES Convicted Lee Baca, the once powerful and popular sheriff of Los Angeles County, was found guilty Wednesday of obstructing a federal investigation into abuses in county jails and lying to cover up the...

  • What will it mean to get rid of the 'administrative state'? Trump’s first budget will offer a glimpse

    What will it mean to get rid of the 'administrative state'? Trump’s first budget will offer a glimpse

    President Trump’s chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, asserted a bold goal recently, sounding as if he were pitching a plot of an action thriller: “deconstruction of the administrative state.” Thursday, as Trump releases his first budget, Americans will get a wider glimpse of what exactly that...

  • Trump budget would reignite California's financial strains

    Trump budget would reignite California's financial strains

    President Trump’s budget would deliver a painful financial blow to California, with the potential to push a state that has struggled for years to keep its books balanced back into the kind of red ink that consumed it after the housing market collapse a decade ago. The only solace state and local...

  • Trump wants to shelve fuel mileage rules, inviting a fight with California

    Trump wants to shelve fuel mileage rules, inviting a fight with California

    President Trump directed the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday to shelve aggressive vehicle fuel economy targets that have been a foundation for battles against climate change and harmful pollution in California and across the country. The move attacks one of the Obama administration’s...

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