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Poor air quality lingering in Los Angeles after July 4 firework shows

The South Coast Air Quality Management District issued a particulate advisory through Tuesday for much of Southern California because of fireworks.


A billion pounds of California almonds stranded at ports amid drought, trade woes

As almond growers use increasingly scarce and expensive water to irrigate this year's crop, over a billion pounds of nuts remain stranded in port.


Portions of fire-scarred Big Basin Redwoods State Park will reopen this month

Two years after the CZU Lightning Complex fire, 'the forest is starting to recover and it's amazing to witness.' Limited access returns July 22.


'It's such a strange thing to see': Photos show Lake Mead on the verge of becoming a 'dead pool'

As Lake Mead shrinks after almost two decades of severe drought, accumulated items on the lakebed are being exposed.


How California will fight Supreme Court's limits on EPA climate enforcement

Experts say U.S. Supreme Court ruling is not likely to unravel California's ambitious climate goals to eliminate its carbon footprint by 2045.


Newsom signs nation's most sweeping law to phase out single-use plastics and packaging waste

The legislation heads off what would be a costly and contentious ballot measure and pushes California ahead of the world in the fight against plastic waste.


13 firefighters injured battling Northern California wildfire; some evacuations lifted

Authorities warned that the Rices fire in Nevada County is still active and that residents allowed to return home should remain alert.


Supreme Court rules for coal-producing states, limits EPA's power to fight climate change

Ruling in favor of coal-producing states, Supreme Court says Congress, not the EPA, has the authority to make decisions on fighting climate change.


Is California ready for 'human composting' as an alternative to casket burial, cremation?

California lawmakers may soon legalize human composting as an alternative to casket burials and cremation.


Extreme heat, drought will permanently scar California and its social fabric

Recurring drought and rising temperatures have already begun to alter the landscape of California and the American Southwest, researchers warn.


Newsom has a plan to keep the lights on in California a using fossil fuels

The controversial proposal would reshape how business is done on the California power grid.


Podcast: Summer's biggest hazard? Humans!

Our Masters of Disasters reconvene to ponder this question: is the worst type of hazard this summer season...us?


California company to shut off public access to forestland due to wildfire concerns

Sierra Pacific Industries says concerns over drought and wildfire risk are prompting closure of its forests to public access starting July 1.


110-acre fire in Jurupa Valley is 85% contained, evacuations lifted

Crews continued to increase containment of the Union fire in and near the Santa Ana Riverbed, officials said.


Triple-digit temperatures prompt Southern California heat advisory

Downtown L.A. reached a high of 86 degrees, Burbank hit 100, and Palmdale and Lancaster both reached 104. In Paso Robles, the temperature soared to 109.


California drought, bark beetles killing the oldest trees on Earth. Can they be saved?

Extreme drought and bark beetles now threaten California's Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, home to Methuselah, a 4,853-year-old bristlecone pine.


Early signs indicate Southern California finally using less water. But big test lies ahead

Water waste complaints are soaring in Los Angeles, while demand appears to be shrinking across the region.


Southern California is now a mosquito zone. Here's how to defend yourself

Tips for keeping mosquitoes away.


Track temperatures of 140 degrees led to Bay Area train derailment, officials say

Temperatures on the track exceeded 140 degrees a about 35 degrees above the rail's ordinary operating temperature a a BART spokesman said.


Firefighters make progress on 2,500-acre Kern County fire likely sparked by lightning

Firefighters battling Kern County blaze are challenged by weather conditions and terrain.


Where Colorado River no longer meets the sea, a pulse of water brings new life

Water is flowing again in part of Mexico's dry Colorado River Delta, bringing back a running river where months ago there was a sandy riverbed.


California wildfires caused by humans are more dangerous than fires sparked by lightning

In California, wildfires caused by humans grow faster and become hotter than wildfires sparked by lightning, the studies show.


Environmentalists, property owners sue to block $2.5-billion dam project in Santa Clara County

The proposed reservoir project planned near Pacheco Pass would store enough water for 1.4 million residents in an emergency.


How to stay safe during thunderstorms in Southern California

Here are some tips for dealing with thunder and lightning from the National Weather Service and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Where are California's dirtiest beaches? This list might surprise you

In its annual 'beach report card,' Heal the Bay graded hundreds of beaches in California and ranked the eight dirtiest beaches in the state.


Lightning kills woman, 2 dogs as thunderstorms pound Southern California

Thunder, lightning, rain and heavy winds hit as monsoonal moisture moves through the region.


California must euthanize 350,000 trout after bacteria outbreak. Recreational fishing could see impact

Staff at the Black Rock and Fish Springs hatcheries in the Eastern Sierra determined that infected rainbow trout were showing signs of disease.


A major California reservoir has hit its peak for the year at just over half full

Lake Oroville, the largest reservoir in the State Water Project, was at "critically low" levels when it reached its peak last month, officials said.


L.A. needs 90,000 trees to battle extreme heat. Will residents step up to plant them?

L.A. City is relying on a network of neighborhood tree ambassadors and nonprofits to boost tree canopy in underserved neighborhoods. Will it work?


Court says California utilities commission must obey state Public Records Act

The appeals court ruling could bring more accountability to the powerful agency, which has faced criticism for excessive secrecy.


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