We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat

We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat

Mega-storms caused by atmospheric rivers were once thought to be once-in-a-millennia occurrences, but atmospheric rivers are flooding California more frequently due to the warming atmosphere. The latest mega-storm may put a dent in the mega-drought, but experts say California may be trapped in a vicious wet/dry cycle. It may not be time for Californians to build an ark just yet, but climate-resilient infrastructure would […]

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Oil Spill the Tea

Oil Spill the Tea

Last weekend, an estimated 144,000 gallons of heavy crude oil leaked from an underwater pipeline in California, making for one of the largest spills in recent state history. While federal regulators have enacted protections for some federal lands and waters, they’re still a long way from reaching President Biden’s 30×30 goal. But the longer they […]

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Crumbling Pipeline Infrastructure Contributes to Huntington Beach Oil Spill

Crumbling Pipeline Infrastructure Contributes to Huntington Beach Oil Spill

By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer More information has come to light about the estimated 144,000 gallons of oil that spilled off the coast of Huntington Beach, California. Federal transportation investigators say the likely cause of the spill was a ship’s anchor, which caught and dragged an almost mile-long section of the pipe across the […]

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California Oil Spill Damage Still TBD

California Oil Spill Damage Still TBD

By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor A pipeline failure off the coast of Huntington Beach on Saturday has now spilled as many as 126,000 gallons of crude oil into the Pacific Ocean, damaging ecosystems and forcing beach closures. Now, Californians are lamenting the state’s many climate disasters as drought, wildfires, and now oil spills take […]

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Newsom Sets Aside $15 Billion for Climate Change Prevention

Newsom Sets Aside $15 Billion for Climate Change Prevention

By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer Governor Gavin Newsom of California signed a $15 billion package to fund climate change and drought mitigation strategies. The new legislation consists of 24 bills that focus on climate and clean energy efforts, droughts, and wildfire preparedness.    Why this Matters: This is the largest climate funding package in […]

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Giant Sequoias Threatened by California Fires 

Giant Sequoias Threatened by California Fires 

By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer The giant sequoia trees in California’s Sequoia National Park are over 1,000 years old and could live another 2,000 years, but climate change-fueled fires are killing them. The trees can usually withstand the flames, but the intensity of recent fires has been overpowering. Last year’s Castle Fire killed up […]

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