Gavin Newsom’s victory could provide a national strategy for Democrats.
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The state’s Democratic governor held off an attempt to oust him by some margin. His victory provides a pathway for the national party, and a reminder of the mobilizing power of the state.
A photographer stands in a rain of flaming embers during a fire in California in 2019.
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A fire scientist explains the risk of flying embers that can travel over a mile from a wildfire and how people can protect their homes.
Chlorpyrifos is widely used on crops, including fruits, vegetables, nuts, corn and soybeans.
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What kind of evidence does it require to get a widely used chemical banned? A professor of medicine and former state regulator explains how the case for chlorpyrifos as a threat to public health developed.
The Creek Fire burns near Shaver Lake, Calif., in the Sierra Nevada in September 2020.
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Not all forests respond to hotter and drier conditions in the same way.
Ningbo-Zhousan: China’s second biggest port is subject to severe delays because of COVID.
Pandemic chaos has driven the cost of shipping through the roof.
Water flows into a canal that feeds farms in Casa Grande, Ariz.
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A long-expected federal drought declaration underlines how serious the Colorado River water shortage has become for Western states.
African Americans were used as slave labour in California and other western US territories during the 1850s.
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If you thought slavery in the US was confined to southern states, think again.
The Cedar Creek Fire burns in Washington’s Methow Valley in late July 2021.
More than 40 fire scientists and forest ecologists in the US and Canada teamed up to investigate why wildfires are getting more extreme. Climate change is part of the problem, but there’s more.
There’s nothing inherently male about playing video games. Videogame culture, on the other hand, is decidedly anti-female.
Sexual harassment and discrimination in gaming and tech is not inevitable or permanent, write experts in the field. The solutions are positive community standards and women in power.
In high alpine terrain, sun and dry air can turn snow straight into water vapor.
As rivers run dry in the Rocky Mountains and the West, it’s easy to wonder where all the snow you see on mountain peaks goes. Some of it ends up in the air, but researchers aren’t sure how much.
Wildfires filled Seattle with smoke in September 2020.
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New research found that smoke from the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, carried high concentrations of lead. An environmental toxicologist explains what else you’re breathing and how to stay safe.
Equinor’s Hywind Scotland became the world’s first floating wind farm in 2017.
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Some of the most powerful offshore wind is over water too deep for a standard wind turbine. Engineers found a way around the problem.
The entrance to Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California.
‘Local, organic, sustainable’ are common buzzwords on US restaurant menus now, but it wasn’t always that way. Alice Waters and her restaurant, Chez Panisse, helped put them there.
Juniper trees, common in Arizona’s Prescott National Forest, have been dying with the drought.
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Without enough water, trees can develop embolisms, similar to blockages in human blood vessels, and they’re more likely to die from drought or fires.
Satellites can quickly detect and monitor wildfires from space, like this 2017 fire that encroached on Ventura, California.
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Satellites can already spot a new fire within minutes, but the information they beam back to Earth isn’t getting to everyone who needs it or used as well as it could be.
Hundreds of active oil wells are hiding in plain sight across the Los Angeles area.
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Photos from the early 1900s show LA’s forests of oil derricks. Hundreds of wells are still pumping, and new research finds people living nearby are struggling with breathing problems.
An orchard near Kettleman City in California’s San Joaquin Valley on April 2, 2021.
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The US has one of the highest groundwater use rates in the world. When wells run dry, households may opt to conserve water, find new sources or sell and move.
The California Aqueduct, which carries water more than 400 miles south from the Sierra Nevada, splits as it enters Southern California at the border of Kern and Los Angeles counties.
Installing solar panels over California’s 4,000 miles of canals could generate less expensive, renewable energy, save water, fight climate change – and offer a solution for the thirsty American West.
Aerial view of Lake Powell on the Colorado River along the Arizona-Utah border.
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The Supreme Court recently dealt defeat to Florida in its 20-year legal battle with Georgia over river water. Other interstate water contests loom, but there are no sure winners in these lawsuits.
Futures won’t affect whether there’s water in the hose.
The world’s first futures market for water launched in California in December. Two commodities experts explain how it works, what the potential problems are and why there’s no reason to freak out.