Automakers Defy Trump and Make a Climate Deal with CaliforniaCalifornia regulators have reached a climate agreement with four top automakers to increase fuel efficiency in their fleets through 2026, flying in the face of the Trump administration’s efforts to ease tailpipe pollution standards.Ford, Honda, Volkswagen, and BMW announced in a joint statement Thursday that they’ve…
July 4 Earthquake Shakes L.A.At around 10:33 a.m., a 6.4 to 6.6 magnitude earthquake centered southwest of Searles Valley rocked the region. According to the L.A. Times, it’s the most powerful quake to hit Southern California in years. “Earthquake Twitter” immediately reacted to the temblor.Been living in Los Angeles all my life. That was the…
Can an Environmental Lawsuit Stop Centennial From Being Built?Nestled in the far northern fringes of Los Angeles County, the undeveloped plains of Tejon Ranch are a portal back to California’s earliest days. One of the last of the native grasslands that used to cover the state, the ranch’s 270,000 acres of gently sloping hills and…
New UN Report Connects Mass Extinction To Human-Caused Climate Change UPROXX A new report on climate change-driven mass extinction paints a sobering picture of the future humans have created for ourselves. The danger we pose to different species is well-documented: In the 1960s, there was Silent Spring, the landmark investigative book that linked human activity…
Basking Sharks Have Returned to SoCal After 30 YearsCalifornia sharks are welcoming their new queen: Basking sharks, the second largest species on the entire planet, have reappeared in local waters. The rare, 33-foot, 8,000 pound creatures last swam here 30 years ago.Relatively little is known about basking sharks, aside from their hefty size (they’re more…
Tiny Earthquakes Might Be the Key to Predicting the Big OneAccording to a new study reported in Scientific American, hundreds of earthquakes too subtle for humans to feel are shaking Southern California every day. Nearly two million earthquakes that took place over the past ten years and were previously hidden from scientists, have just been added to…
Joshua Tree Truthers Say Felled Tree is Fake NewsWhen the partial government shutdown was lifted in late January, stories started circulating about mayhem and carnage at America’s beloved National parks: toilets overflowing with human waste at Yosemite, trails stomped out in restricted areas in Arches, ATV tire tracks in Death Valley. But no acts of…
Why Is L.A.'s Air Quality So Bad in the Winter?When a “mysterious haze” first enveloped downtown L.A. back in 1943, panicked residents thought the Japanese had bombed Santa Barbara. In fact, the thick stew of pollutants was something altogether new: a chemical reaction between car emissions and SoCal sunshine, which later came to be known…
The Park Could Take 300 Years to RecoverJoshua Tree is a special place for many Californians, with a landscape unlike almost any other on earth. During the government shutdown, when Park Service staffers were unable to provide their usual management of the 1,200-square-mile park and the people passing through it, so much havoc was wrought…
What Will California's Coastline Look Like in the Future? There's a Way to Find Out Right NowSea levels are rising at a higher-than-average rate in California, which means by the end of this century the coast is going to look very different. As Antarctica continues its climate change-induced thaw, the Pacific is expected to swallow…
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