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.
Giant kelp (
Macrocystis pyrifera) is a potential energy crop.
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Making biofuels from crops grown on land poses trade-offs between food and fuel. A new study looks offshore.
People shop at a fruit and vegetable stand in Kips Bay, New York City, on July 10, 2020.
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Cities have long resisted the public demand for street food vendors, but the pandemic may reverse those restrictions for good.
Icicles on a bush in downtown Houston, Feb. 15, 2021.
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Heat waves, droughts and deep freezes can all strain the electric grid, leading utilities to impose rolling blackouts. Climate change is likely to make these events more common.
A used car superstore in Colma, California.
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Electric cars get a lot of hype, but what really matters for the climate are excess emissions from the many millions of gasoline vehicles still sold each year.
Hallways busy with COVID-19 patients have become temporary patient holding areas in overcrowded hospitals.
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States and hospitals are starting to declare 'crisis standards of care' as the pandemic floods their ERs. The orders have consequences – both good and bad, as a medical ethicist explains.
The sequoias that live on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada in California are the largest trees in the world by volume.
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The curator at UC Merced describes the evacuation and shows a selection of photographs from the 110-year history of the park.
People in Los Angeles picked up boxes containing nutritious food in April 2020 as food insecurity surged.
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Not having enough to eat is a major public health concern, not only because it causes hunger and distress, but also because it’s linked to poor nutrition and unstable diet patterns.
In this August 2020 photo, travellers request an Uber ride at Los Angeles International Airport.
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Proposition 22 keeps workers for app-based companies like Uber and Lyft classified as independent contractors, but it also reveals deeper problems with contemporary labour markets.
Flames approach houses during the Blue Ridge Fire on Oct. 27, 2020 in Chino Hills, California.
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A fire scientist offers a six-point strategy for preventing wildfires and living safely in flammable landscapes.
Activity in the San Ardo oil field near Salinas, California, has been linked to earthquakes.
California was thought to be an exception, a place where oil field operations and tectonic faults apparently coexisted without much problem. Not any more.
Proposition 22 reverses a 2019 state law.
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The debate over how to classify gig workers pits flexibility against the higher incomes and benefits that come with being classified as an employee.
California’s Proposition 22 would reverse a new law that made Uber and Lyft drivers employees.
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Workers say they love the freedom of platforms like Uber and TaskRabbit but find it hard to earn a livable wage. Cooperatives that give worker-owners a voice in how they are run offer a solution.
Electric utilities will often cut off power to prevent equipment from starting wildfires during hot, windy weather.
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In an era of climate change and extreme weather, a microgrid — a self-sufficient, energy-generating distribution and control system — puts communities on the path to self-reliance.
Debris in Paradise, California, after the Camp Fire, Nov. 17, 2018.
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Two environmental engineers say governments need to do more to protect people from possible water contamination after wildfires.
The Riverside Fire, viewed from La Dee Flats in the Mount Hood National Forest in Oregon on Sept. 9.
Debating whether climate change or forest management has caused the devastating wildfires in California, Washington and Oregon is a false choice.
Prisoners clearing vegetation to prevent the spread of a wildfire in Yucaipa, California.
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Relying on incarcerated workers in emergencies such as the wildfires ravaging parts of the US is a cheap alternative for states. But what protections are there for prisoners?
It’s a … fire!
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Increasingly outlandish gender reveal parties align perfectly with the values of an economy that's always scrolling for the next best thing.
Wildfire smoke creates an orange glow over San Francisco, Sept. 9, 2020.
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How climate change and other human actions have combined to create conditions for explosive wildfires in California, Oregon and Washington state.