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Boiling Point is a newsletter for people who care about the environment and climate across California, the American West and the globe. If you’re a hiker or a surfer, if you’re worried about losing your home in a wildfire, or if you just want new reasons to stay hopeful, this newsletter is for you.

Every week, we’ll walk you through the latest news about rising temperatures, public lands, water, clean energy and more. We’ll take you behind the scenes of the stories we’re reporting at The Times, including some of our best investigations and data projects. We’ll also help you understand steps you can take to live more sustainably.

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Your host

I’m Sammy Roth, an energy reporter at The Times and a veteran newsletter writer. I previously wrote The Current and Climate Point for the USA Today Network.

Sammy Roth
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For six years, I’ve focused on telling stories that challenge public officials and energy companies to reduce planet-warming emissions more quickly. I’ve spent time in some of the weirdest and most beautiful parts of California and the West, from the farm fields of the Imperial Valley to the dry lake beds of the Mojave Desert. I’ve toured sprawling solar farms, hilltops blanketed with wind turbines and hulking coal-fired power plants.

This isn’t just a job for me. I grew up in Los Angeles and have lived most of my life in Southern California, and my appreciation for our vibrant cities and breathtaking landscapes runs deep. I’ve seen how climate change and environmental degradation can affect this place and its inhabitants. Like many people, I want to contribute to a more sustainable future.

What keeps you up at night, and what gives you hope? I’d love to hear from you. Email me at sammy.roth@latimes.com, or get in touch on Twitter.