More than 60 California sea lions have washed up disoriented on the beaches of Southern California since mid-August. The reason? A bloom of the toxic algae Pseudo-nitzschia, which can cause the marine mammals to sicken and, in some cases, die, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) explained. “We are now managing about 100 calls […]
The state of California entered September with record-breaking temperatures that strained its electrical grid. The record toppling began Thursday, the first of the month, when Death Valley reported the highest temperature ever recorded in September on planet Earth. Then, on Monday, areas around the Bay Area recorded daily, monthly and one all-time high. “It’s definitely […]
By Brett Wilkins Green groups on Thursday led condemnation of a vote by California lawmakers to keep the state’s last remaining nuclear power plant open for five more years, in part by lending its operator, the criminal corporation PG&E, $1.4 billion. In a late-night, last-minute 67-3 vote Wednesday at the close of the legislative session, California Assembly members […]
In the midst of wildfires, a late-summer heat wave and an ongoing drought, the state of California passed a rash of ambitious legislation this week to tackle the climate crisis. Five of six climate-related bills championed by Governor Gavin Newsom passed the state legislature Wednesday, providing climate funding, limiting oil and gas wells and enshrining […]
It’s going to be a scorcher in California over the long Labor Day weekend, with temperatures expected to be over 10°F above normal. Already this week, temperatures in Los Angeles soared above 100°F, with worse temperatures to come. In response, officials are asking Californians to reduce energy as much as possible to avoid blackouts, including […]
Lake Merritt is usually an unexpected oasis of life in the midst of downtown Oakland, California. The first protected wildlife refuge in the U.S., it is a tidal slough 3.4 miles around and the largest lake of its kind in an urban setting, according to the City of Oakland.
In Los Angeles, California, where temperatures tend to stay warm year-round, you can feel a significant difference in heat when you’re along the coast or outside the city versus when you’re in denser parts of the city. This phenomenon, known as the urban heat island effect, can make daytime temperatures in densely packed areas 1°F […]
California is expected to adopt a 13-year deadline for the end of the sale of new, internal combustion-powered vehicles. CARB, the California Air Resources Board, will vote today to require all new cars sold in the state to be powered by electricity or hydrogen by 2035, with an intermediary requirement of 35% of new cars […]