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California Drenched by First Tropical Storm in 84 Years

California Drenched by First Tropical Storm in 84 Years

The first tropical storm to hit California since 1939, Hilary, which initially began in the Pacific Ocean as a hurricane reaching Category 4 strength, brought a deluge of rain followed by flash flooding to the Los Angeles area on Sunday. The storm hit Mexico’s Baja California first, turning roads into rivers and killing one person. […]

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    California Enacts Permanent Protections for Joshua Trees

    California Enacts Permanent Protections for Joshua Trees

    The Western Joshua Tree Conservation Act has passed in California. The act is the first legislation in the state to protect a species from climate change. It prohibits any person or public agency from importing, exporting, removing, owning, buying or selling western Joshua trees or any of their parts, and the legislation requires the Department […]

    Climate Reality vs. Public Perception: Will Toxic Haze and the 2023 Danger Season Make a Difference?

    Climate Reality vs. Public Perception: Will Toxic Haze and the 2023 Danger Season Make a Difference?

    The year is only half done and the United States has already been enveloped by acrid orange skies in the East, battered by winter rains and floods in California, seared by record winter temperatures in the South, soaked by a record 26-inch April deluge in Fort Lauderdale, and broiled by record spring heat in the Pacific Northwest, Texas, and Puerto Rico.

    70% of California’s Beaches Could Disappear by 2100, Study Finds

    70% of California’s Beaches Could Disappear by 2100, Study Finds

    A new study from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has found that 25% to 70% of California’s beaches could disappear by the end of this century. It follows a similar study from 2017 that found 31% to 67% of beaches in Southern California were at risk. The research, which is currently undergoing the peer-review process, […]

    How Urban Planners Disenfranchised Black Communities in West Oakland

    How Urban Planners Disenfranchised Black Communities in West Oakland

    In keeping with mid-20th century segregationist federal guidance, West Oakland, California officials in the 1940s deliberately put the most polluting industries and biggest highways in Black neighborhoods – saddling them with cancer, asthma, and other health impacts. In white neighborhoods, diesel-powered trucks were banned from operating, as planners chose to divide Black communities with highways instead.