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July 29, 2019

California’s Summer of the Great White

Great white sharks have always lived off the coast of California but this summer they’re showing up in staggering numbers, leaving beaches with “swim at your own risk” signs. Great whites have been spotted in Half Moon Bay, Monterey Bay and even for...

July 15, 2019

California’s New Wildfire Plans Leaves Public with Mixed Feelings

On Friday, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill that would change the way the state pays for fire damages caused by utilities. As Reuters explained, Credit rating agency, S&P previously warned it could lower its ratings on the state’s two other major...

July 8, 2019

Two Quakes Shake SoCal Over 4th of July, is the Big One Next?

As the Huffington Post wrote this past weekend, “California was hit by back-to-back earthquakes over the Fourth of July holiday. On Thursday, a 6.4 magnitude quake struck near a small, rural town in Southern California called Ridgecrest, about 150 miles from Los...

July 3, 2019

Ocean News to Note This 4th of July Holiday

As reported, unusually warm temperatures combined with seasonal low tides have literally roasted California mussels in their shells in a mass die-off that could have larger implications on the local marine ecosystem. At the same time, this July 4th weekend...

June 24, 2019

Future of Fighting Fires in CA May Be Big Data

The firefighting community in Los Angeles has spent the last 18 months testing a program developed by the WiFire Lab at the San Diego Supercomputer Center that can predict in real time where active fires will spread next, which is particularly important in dense urban...

June 2, 2019

Record Number of Grey Whales Washing Up on West Coast Beaches

An alarming spike of grey whale deaths along the US West Coast has prompted the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to declare the deaths an “unusual mortality event.” This designation means that the deaths required greater scrutiny and...

May 9, 2019

California Bans Pesticide That Harms Brain Development

Video: Earth Justice California’s tough environmental regulations — and its divide with the Trump Administration on all things environment — just got bigger.  The San Francisco Chronicle and The Washington Post reported yesterday that California is...

May 6, 2019

Despite wet winter, 2019 wildfire season still a threat in the West

Ask just about any Californian and they will tell you that 2018’s massive wildfires are still fresh in their memory just as the 2019 fire season has officially arrived. Last week the National Interagency Fire Center put Californians on notice that they should...