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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Thousands Evacuate Lake Tahoe to Escape Caldor Fire

Thousands Evacuate Lake Tahoe to Escape Caldor Fire

By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer   Tens of thousands have evacuated Lake Tahoe as the Caldor wildfire charges towards the resort town. The raging Caldor Fire has burned 277 square miles since it began in early August and has threatened 20,000 structures, burning 600 to the ground. The fire has stagnated at less than 20% containment. […]

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Caldor Fire Scorches California, Beginning A Potentially Devastating Fire Season

Caldor Fire Scorches California, Beginning A Potentially Devastating Fire Season

By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer   The Caldor Fire in California has grown to 24 times its size in two days and has forced an additional 10,000 residents to evacuate El Dorado County. The dry conditions have made the fire near-impossible to contain, and it has remained at 0% containment since it began on […]

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California Agency Requires Solar Power in New Buildings

California Agency Requires Solar Power in New Buildings

By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer On Wednesday, the California Energy Commission voted to require new buildings to include solar power and battery storage, particularly residential high-rises and commercial structures like hotels, offices, grocery stores, restaurants, theaters, schools, and convention centers.  This new plan would add to stipulations enacted last year that required new single-family […]

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The Whales Aren’t Alright

The Whales Aren’t Alright

By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Gray whales have been dying off the coast of California, and scientists are trying to figure out exactly why. From 2019 through this summer, 69 whales have stranded on California beaches of nearly 500 total along the North American coast from Mexico to Alaska. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric […]

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