Several of California’s reservoirs were at less than one-third of their capacity in early December 2021.
The State Water Project cut its initial allocations for water agencies to 0% for 2022. A California water expert explains why.
Closing the digital divide requires deploying a lot of fiber-optic cables in rural and low-income areas.
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The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act designates broadband internet access as an essential service and targets billions of dollars to close the digital divide.
The pandemic has made the affordable housing crisis a lot worse, in part by increasing the rate of evictions.
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California and other states plan to build more homes in an effort to fix America’s affordable housing problem. But that’s not the main reason housing remains unaffordable for millions of people.
Destroyed buildings in San Francisco, Calif., after the 1906 earthquake.
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Today’s building codes were implemented as a result of devastating natural disasters that resulted in the loss of human lives and billions of dollars. But they aren’t retroactively applied.
A firefighter checks homes after a mudslide that killed 23 people in Montecito, Calif., in 2018.
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Studies show climate change is raising the risk of cascading hazards that alone might not be extreme but add up to human disasters. Communities and government agencies aren’t prepared.
Stealthing is not a new issue in the community but it has only recently come to the attention of lawmakers in many countries.
Oiled sand in Huntington Beach, Calif., after a 126,000-gallon spill from an offshore oil pipeline.
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Offshore oil drilling has a long history in California, but is highly unpopular today. The latest major spill is likely to fuel efforts to wind down oil and gas production statewide.
Southerly species like the giant owl limpet, seen here, started appearing on northern California shores.
The Blob, a long-lasting mass of warm water, sat off the Pacific coast of North America for years, bringing new species to formerly cold waters. What allows some to survive while others fade away?
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.