Advocates Want Answers About So-Cal Oil Spill, Authorities Point Fingers

Advocates Want Answers About So-Cal Oil Spill, Authorities Point Fingers

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer An oil spill has been sighted off the coast of San Clemente Island, the southernmost of California’s Channel Islands. The spill was initially spotted by the captain of a whale-watching boat, who filmed a pod of dolphins swimming through the oil slick and called it “the most tragic thing [he had] ever filmed.” But […]

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Grid Operators Urge Residents to Conserve Power Ahead of Major Heatwave

Grid Operators Urge Residents to Conserve Power Ahead of Major Heatwave

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A record-setting heatwave is brewing across much of the West, threatening to worsen the already dire drought conditions and push electric grids to the brink. California’s power grid operator is urging residents to conserve power in response to the heatwave. The California Independent System Operator is trying to avoid implementing […]

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Scientists Find New Way to Help California’s Forests Survive Wildfires

Scientists Find New Way to Help California’s Forests Survive Wildfires

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer As wildfires have become increasingly common across the West, there’s been a growing emphasis on forest management as a means of preventing and mitigating the effects of blazes. Emerging science suggests that a new way of replanting forests could protect areas from fires — rather than planting trees individually, […]

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Water Restrictions Force Tough Choices for CA Almond Farmers

Water Restrictions Force Tough Choices for CA Almond Farmers

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer California’s ongoing drought has forced state authorities to drastically cut water allocations for farmers, even to zero, while water transfers have delayed. As a result, farmers have had to abandon crops that require too much water, like almonds. Despite the USDA making projections for a record almond season, growers […]

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Biden Admin Supercharges CA’s Offshore Wind Hopes

Biden Admin Supercharges CA’s Offshore Wind Hopes

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Despite having 840 miles of coastline, engineering challenges, regulatory hurdles, and concerns about turbines’ impact on wildlife have prevented offshore wind from flourishing in California’s waters.  But now less than a month after approving the nation’s first offshore wind project in Massachusetts, the White House announced it has identified an […]

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California’s Wildfire Season Could Break Records AGAIN

California’s Wildfire Season Could Break Records AGAIN

The state of California is already warning, that due to the 2-year ongoing drought, this year’s fire season could be worse than last. Overall, more than 6,390 square miles burned in 10,431 wildfires in California in 2020 — it was the largest wildfire season recorded in California’s modern history. Five of the state’s largest wildfires happened last year.  […]

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