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L.A. betting that stormwater can help ease California's drought

Five years of drought have struck different parts of California unevenly.  Cities with multiple sources of water have weathered the crisis relatively well, even after important reservoirs have hit bottom. But residents of some small towns in the San Joaquin Valley and northern California, who depend...

  • California's ocean waters due for a cooling trend after period of damaging heat, scientists say

    California's ocean waters due for a cooling trend after period of damaging heat, scientists say

    As a series of marine heat waves linked to climate change has thrown ocean ecosystems out of whack from Australia to the coast of California, a cooling trend called La Niña has given scientists hope that water temperatures could come back into balance. But so far, the cooling weather pattern —...

  • Expedition documents sea life, habitat around Channel Islands

    Expedition documents sea life, habitat around Channel Islands

    Beneath the waves, flame-colored rockfish slipped past coral fans, brittle stars lay in wait for prey, and anemones swayed with the current. It’s a scene often featured in photo spreads of tropical atolls and islets, but these coral gardens are in the chilly waters off California’s Channel Islands,...

  • Science proves it: Girl Scouts really do make the world a better place

    Science proves it: Girl Scouts really do make the world a better place

    For decades, Girl Scouts have pledged to make the world a better place. Now there’s scientific proof that they do. After completing five hourlong courses on energy conservation, Junior-level Girl Scouts boosted their households’ energy-saving activities by as much as 49%, according to a study published...

  • Downtown L.A.'s five-year rain total is lowest ever recorded

    Downtown L.A.'s five-year rain total is lowest ever recorded

    Los Angeles has chalked up yet another dreary milestone in its growing almanac of drought. On Wednesday, experts at the National Weather Service confirmed that the last five years have been the driest ever documented in downtown L.A. since official record keeping began almost 140 years ago.  Having...

  • California should take the lead on protecting tropical forests

    California should take the lead on protecting tropical forests

    In Sacramento, an opportunity is pending that could make a huge difference to achieving climate stability and sustainable development goals on a global scale. California could take the lead in demonstrating an innovative approach to reducing tropical deforestation. And the benefits would accrue...

  • AQMD plan would fight smog mainly through incentives, not rules

    AQMD plan would fight smog mainly through incentives, not rules

    For decades, regulators have attacked Southern California’s notorious smog through an ever-stricter array of regulations that forced polluters to deploy cleaner technology. But a plan released Thursday by the South Coast Air Quality Management District takes a more industry-friendly approach. It...

  • Another heat wave expected to hit region, hindering Kern County fire fight

    Another heat wave expected to hit region, hindering Kern County fire fight

    Another unseasonable heat wave was expected to hit Southern California early this week, complicating efforts to contain the massive wildfire raging in Kern County, forecasters said.  Temperatures were expected to start rising across the region on Sunday, caused by a high pressure system coming...

  • Wildfire burns more than 30,000 acres, prompting state of emergency; 2 dead, 100 structures lost

    Wildfire burns more than 30,000 acres, prompting state of emergency; 2 dead, 100 structures lost

    Fire officials confirmed two fatalities Friday in a fast-moving fire near Lake Isabella that has scorched more than 30,000 acres and destroyed 100 structures. As of Friday evening, the blaze was 5% contained. Gov. Jerry Brown issued a state of emergency for Kern County, a move that helps more quickly...

  • What drought? Many Californians no longer required to curb water use

    What drought? Many Californians no longer required to curb water use

    After a year of mandatory water conservation that shortened showers and faded lawns, millions of drought-weary Californians will no longer be required to aggressively cut back their use. In order to comply with the state’s latest emergency regulation, local water providers this week submitted documents...

  • Red flag conditions ahead for Southern California amid several wildfires

    Red flag conditions ahead for Southern California amid several wildfires

    A short respite from triple-digit heat allowed crews battling several wildfires in Southern California to block the flames from destroying homes this week, but dangerous red flag fire conditions have returned, the National Weather Service said Thursday. Temperatures in the Los Angeles, Ventura...

  • It will take years of wet weather before California recovers from drought, study finds

    It will take years of wet weather before California recovers from drought, study finds

    When forecasters last year warned of a massive El Niño, some Californians held out hope that a single extremely wet year could bust the state’s severe drought.    But a study published Tuesday in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, offered support for the...

  • Heat wave shatters temperature records across Southern California

    Heat wave shatters temperature records across Southern California

    A sweltering heat wave baked Southern California on Sunday, bringing triple-digit temperatures to some areas and shattering records that in some cases held for decades. The National Weather Service issued a list of record-setting temperatures in cities across the Southland. Here’s a selection: ...

  • Temperatures soar as Southern California's heat wave intensifies

    Temperatures soar as Southern California's heat wave intensifies

    High temperatures are expected to continue Sunday as Southern California’s heat wave intensifies, according to the National Weather Service.  Forecasters say the weather system that has been building over Southern California is strengthening and will cause temperatures to keep climbing higher. ...

  • Rare toads (presumably) love him; off-roaders do not

    Rare toads (presumably) love him; off-roaders do not

    Cantankerous outlaws and merciless nature are out to kill the arroyo toads of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Like an ecological John Wayne, Sam Sweet — a big man with a beard and ponytail who at one point in his controversial career packed a .44 magnum — has spent his life trying to protect...

  • Supreme Court rejects citizenship for American Samoans

    Supreme Court rejects citizenship for American Samoans

    The Supreme Court turned down an appeal on Monday from American Samoans who said they deserved the right to be U.S. citizens at birth. The court’s action leaves in place a law adopted in 1900 that says persons born in American Samoa will be considered “nationals” who owe allegiance to the United...

  • Portland unnerved by discovery of high lead levels in school drinking water

    Portland unnerved by discovery of high lead levels in school drinking water

    Communities across the U.S. have been testing their water in the wake of a lead contamination crisis in Flint, Mich., and for the most part, the results have seemed reassuring, with many cities declaring their water safe to drink. One exception has been a city that has always prided itself on its...

  • This is how serious India's drought has gotten

    This is how serious India's drought has gotten

    Prakash Rathod's family is living in a makeshift shed of sticks barely 4 feet high, with torn clothes serving as a canopy. They hail from a village more than 300 miles west of Mumbai, in a farming region where some 350 farmers have committed suicide this year due to the impact of one of the worst...

  • A North Korean farm may not be what it appears

    A North Korean farm may not be what it appears

    It looked like a farm: Cabbages were growing in neat rows in the dirt. Cucumber vines stretched to the ceiling in a spotless greenhouse, with an orange tractor parked out front. And it smelled, faintly, like a farm. But in North Korea, master of the Potemkin everything, what looks like a duck and...

  • In response to 'Little Miss Flint,' Obama visits Michigan city for the first time since the water crisis began

    In response to 'Little Miss Flint,' Obama visits Michigan city for the first time since the water crisis began

    President Barack Obama is set to meet with residents of Flint, Michigan, to hear how they're managing after lead from old pipes tainted their drinking water.  And he is bringing a message to Flint on Wednesday: a promise for change.  Obama declared a state of emergency in mid-January and ordered...

  • Californians step up in March, cut water use by 24%

    Californians step up in March, cut water use by 24%

    After months of flagging water conservation, Californians rebounded in March, cutting their urban consumption by 24.3% compared to the same month in 2013. The savings percentage, announced Tuesday, was more than double the state’s effort in February and offered a strong signal that people in cities...

  • In reversal, staff of Coastal Commission recommends approval of Newport Beach hotel and housing project

    In reversal, staff of Coastal Commission recommends approval of Newport Beach hotel and housing project

    In a reversal of its previous position, the staff of the California Coastal Commission is recommending approval of a hotel and housing complex on the last big block of private land on the Southland coast. The proposal to build an upscale hotel, retail space and hundreds of homes on a coastal bluff...

  • L.A.'s water wasters will soon face heavier fines and audits

    L.A.'s water wasters will soon face heavier fines and audits

    As regulators mull softening the state’s drought restrictions amid outcry from some Northern California water districts, water wasters in Los Angeles will soon face stiffer fines and water audits under a plan approved this week by Mayor Eric Garcetti. Under the city’s amended water conservation...

  • This gated community insists California's drought is over, wants green lawns again

    This gated community insists California's drought is over, wants green lawns again

    The warning was stern and unequivocal: The days of unkempt, browning lawns in the gated community of Blackhawk were officially over. “We believe that allowing the drought to negatively impact the landscaping at any Blackhawk home does a disservice to property values throughout the community,” the...

  • West Coast fisheries are at risk as climate change disturbs the ocean's chemistry

    West Coast fisheries are at risk as climate change disturbs the ocean's chemistry

    The West Coast's abundant fisheries are at risk as the region's waters become more acidic, a group of scientists warn. Researchers from the West Coast Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Science Panel released a report this month that projects dire changes to ocean chemistry and marine life, and recommends...

  • Endangered butterfly could get new lease on life with breeding program at San Diego Zoo

    Endangered butterfly could get new lease on life with breeding program at San Diego Zoo

    An endangered butterfly could get a new lease on life thanks to a breeding program at the San Diego Zoo. The population of the Quino checkerspot butterfly, known for its distinctive checkerboard-patterned orange, black and white wings, has drastically declined because of urban development that...

  • Two-year project will study air pollution in San Ysidro from cars idling at the border

    Two-year project will study air pollution in San Ysidro from cars idling at the border

    Long lines of idling cars waiting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border are a part of life in San Ysidro. Concerned about the neighborhood's proximity to the world's busiest land port of entry, a local community development agency has launched a study to analyze the health risks associated with air pollution...

  • Enduring Somalia drought puts hundreds of thousands at risk, U.N. warns

    Enduring Somalia drought puts hundreds of thousands at risk, U.N. warns

    The severe drought in Ethiopia has made headline news. But it has also scorched northern Somalia, a region far less able to cope with the impact. About 385,000 people are already facing a hunger crisis in semiautonomous Somaliland and Puntland, to the east. The United Nations' Office for the Coordination...

  • Pact reached to remove four Klamath River dams that block salmon migration

    Pact reached to remove four Klamath River dams that block salmon migration

    California, Oregon and a private utility Wednesday signed an agreement that could finally take down four hydroelectric dams that block salmon migrations on the Klamath River. The pact, signed by the governors of both states and federal officials at the mouth of the Klamath in Northern California,...

  • L.A. County moves toward water fee for new developments, looks at stormwater funding

    L.A. County moves toward water fee for new developments, looks at stormwater funding

    Los Angeles County will consider new water-saving requirements for developers and look at tax options to pay for future drought planning under a pair of measures adopted Tuesday.  Over the objections of business and development groups, the Board of Supervisors voted to have county staff start drafting...

  • Californians fall a bit short of Brown's call for 25% cut in water use after 9 months of conservation

    Californians fall a bit short of Brown's call for 25% cut in water use after 9 months of conservation

    After nine months of fervent conservation, drought-fatigued Californians narrowly missed meeting the water-savings target set by Gov. Jerry Brown a year ago.  Urban dwellers reduced their consumption by 23.9% between June and February, state regulators said Monday, just short of the 25% cut required...

  • A delta tunnel project's lofty ambitions have been scaled back

    A delta tunnel project's lofty ambitions have been scaled back

    A dog trotted down the middle of a levee road as red-winged blackbirds darted in and out of the reeds. A few fishermen dangled their baited lines into the muddy brown water. Only a close look at the Middle River revealed anything amiss in this part of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Instead of...

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